The MBM fleet rest up in Salcombe, with a group meal in town later on.

Thursday 20th July

Day 13

Position – Visitors Pontoons, The Bag, Salcombe

50°14′.594 N 003°45.568 W

It was a grey and cloudy start to the day. It is Merlin Rocket Week in Salcombe so every so often in the Bag, where the MBM fleet is moored is a mass of fast moving sailing dinghies with their colourful spinnakers, quite an incredible sight.

Boats crews have discovered the shower facilities on the ex- River Mersey Ferry the ICC Sailing Club in the Bag, which have been an absolute godsend. Our thanks to the club for allowing the fleet to use their facilities.

Many crews went of on foot to explore the many beautiful coastal and estuary walks. Others launched their tenders to explore the backwaters.

There was excitement and anticipation on the pontoon at 0645 the pre-arranged water taxi’s began to arrive, delivering the crews to Whitestrand, where they would make their way to Restaurant 42 on Salcombe high street. The restaurant was fantastically furbished and superbly located. The menu sounded delicious, however the food, more so the quantity had proved to a bit of a disappointment only for some. But all was not lost, as many boat crews remained out on the terrace admiring the stunning views over the estuary until very late in the evening (in time to catch the last ferry back to the Bag).

The weather forecast for tomorrow is looking beautiful. It is another scheduled rest day and many crews have already organised walks or trips by tender to Kingsbridge.