Swell Surfing

The fleet make the move to Falmouth, again with the wind and tide behind them

Saturday 15th July

Day 8

Position – Port Pendennis, Falmouth

50°09′.139 N 005° 03.682 W

It was a sunny bright start to the day and the MBM fleet was hive of activity.
The gusting, north-easterly wind whistled though the halyards of the yachts berthed in the marina.

At 1330 Time Flies accompanied by ‘Lazy Days’ departed Queen Annes Battery, Plymouth. With Neale and Claire aboard, MBM’s Time Flies reported that there was a long metre swell and with similar conditions to yesterday, they were surfing in between the waves comfortably keeping a steady 20-22 knots with the wind and tide behind them. Back in Queen Anne’s Battery, Jon aboard ‘Calm Voyager’ announced to the fleet that the conditions were good and that they would be making the move to Falmouth today.

By 1430 all of the fleet were on passage across the bay towards Falmouth, by this time Time Flies had arrived at Port Pendennis and were ready to receive them half an hour later. Port Pendennis had allocated the fleet a very generous 300ft (approx) of pontoon space. The Port Pendennis Visitors pontoon sits just metres away in the shadows of the National Maritime Museum Falmouth and gives superb access to the town.
The MBM boats are rafted 2-3 deep and have ample water and electricity, plus shower and launderette facilities.

After another enjoyable passage the crews settled in for the night, either taking a stroll into town or eating aboard. Tomorrow is a rest day in Falmouth and the following day the fleet will make the move to Fowey. The Navy Frigate HMS Cornwall is currently in Falmouth docks for repairs; her colossal size dwarfing the fleet and as darkness fell her bright deck lights lit up the harbour.



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