12 July 2018 – Fowey to River Yealm

Start position
Fowey
Start time
09:38
Start engine hours
810
Towards
River Yealm
ETA
16:00
Distance travelled
24
Finish position
River Yealm
Finish time
16:04
Finish engine hours
810.8
Skipper
Richard
Crew
Louise
Weather
  • N-NW 2-3
  • Then turns S-SE 2-3
  • Rain after arrival
Tide
  • Tide turns E 16:00, <0.5 kts against until then
  • LW Yealm 12:00, 0.8m
  • HW Yealm 18:10, 5.3m
New faults
Np->Sp %
57
It’s a perfect day for a sail. We hoist the main on the buoy and leave Fowey with a light tail wind. We’re making 5kts on flat water and gaining on the boats ahead of us. Then we sail into the same hole off Polperro. A little nudge is needed with the engine and we find the wind has shifted by 180 degrees. It’s then an easy sail, clearing Rame Head, straight past Plymouth, The Great Mew stone and into Wembury Bay.
The Yealm is as pretty as people have told us, but small with a lot of moorings and a fierce flood tide running. We turn off the visitors pontoon and elect for a swinging mooring. The harbour master directs us to plenty of space. Interestingly we’re alongside ‘Roanna’, a Nigel Irens designed lugger, with remarkably familiar lines.
The first rain we’ve seen in some time comes through shortly afterwards. L cooks on board and we plan for an early departure in the morning.
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