18th June 2017 – Parade of sail

  • Start position – Falmouth Haven
  • Start time –  09:30
  • Start engine hrs – 676.9
  • Towards –
  • ETA –
  • Finish position – Falmouth Haven
  • Finish time – 13:00
  • Finish engine hrs – 678.3
  • Distance travelled – 8.5nm
  • Skipper – Richard
  • Crew – Louise
  • Weather – S1-2, sun
  • Tide –
    • np->sp %
  • New faults –

It’s another hot sunny day, with little wind. We’ve got detailed instructions for the parade of sail, so out we go. The parade starts at 10:30, lead by the Royal Navy, then around 10 lifeboats old and new, followed by the fleet in some slight semblance of bigger boats at the front and smaller at the back. We’re in the middle. It’s quite a spectacle as we motor-sail to windward past Pendennis Castle, then more sailing as we head West and back North up past St. Mawes. We decide to break with the herd and cross the official finishing line, but it really doesn’t matter.

Then various boats, including us, are milling about and enjoying a sail in the sunshine, but it’s not long before the wind fades away again. Boats are heading home in all directions, but we head back to the Haven for another night.

Once in we head for the Maritime Museum and the final prize-giving, surrounded by classic dinghies including Ben Ainslee’s Olympic winning Laser and Finn. To our surprise we discover that we won the first race in our class and got second in the second race. Consequently we have secured 2nd place for the series. ‘Alva’ was 1st and ‘Gwenili’ 3rd.

We head to ‘The Hut’ for supper, as the ongoing Sea Shanty Festival reaches its climax.

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