The MBM cruise participants enjoy a rest day in Falmouth

Sunday 16th July

Day 9

Position – Port Pendennis, Falmouth

50°09′.139 N 005° 03.682 W

A lazy, beautiful start to the day for crews, today was the day to re-stock, explore, shop or relax. Many, including Rob and Jon of the MBM staff took advantage of the fantastic weather and hit the beach for a swim. Others ventured into town. Falmouth town was a bustle with activity and as it was Sunday and the holiday season most shops were open.

Yesterday the cruise bid farewell to Simon Collis, Editor of MBM, he had staffed the cruise for the first week. With Simon’s loss the MBM team welcomes Rob Peake, ex News Editor of MBM and now News Editor on rival magazine, Motor Boat and Yachting. Rob joins the team for the second week on the fleet’s journey back along the coast.

At 1800hrs there was a Skippers Briefing on the pontoon. The verdict on tomorrow’s passage to Fowey was that the fleet would leave at 0745hrs to get out of Falmouth at slack water. Time Flies will depart before 0700hrs and will go out access the sea conditions. Unfortunately the planned pontoon party, which was to follow the briefing, had to be cancelled due to swarms of flying ants. Cruise participants have been asked to top up their water tanks, as the next five nights at Fowey and Salcombe, they will be moored without direct access to the usual pontoon facilities.

The weather forecast tomorrow is Force 3-4’s with sea breezes expected later in the day. The outlook predicts the wind to shift from North Easterly, which had been so predominant for the first week, to South Westerly. This will be superb for the fleet as they will be able to carry the wind and tide up the coast.