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Author Topic: Late May bank holiday West Country Cruise report  (Read 759 times)

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Posted on behalf of Angel Lewis.

Setting out from Dartmouth on Saturday morning, Opalescence with Robin, Ian Frais, Nigel B and Angela L had already decided we wouldnt Go Foreign this time, but had a strong fancy for Fowey. This lost its attraction very rapidly as soon as we were out of the harbour and exposed to a strong westerly and a nasty chop to the sea state, and we found wed always wanted to revisit Brixham after all. It was a super sail with warm sunshine, and Brixham rendered a good fishy dinner and an unexpected firework display.

Sunday saw us going back the way wed come, waving as we passed Dartmouth, and making for Salcombe, where we found a pop-up Caribbean restaurant that served rum cocktails with everything. Not surprisingly, the conversation got livelier and the jokes funnier as the evening progressed, and nobody could remember either by the morning. Back on the boat, though, we were treated to another firework display: not by the local authority but by a much higher one: two hours of sheet lightning over the hills.

On Monday morning there was thick fog in the atmosphere, not just our brains and we motored home very carefully, ears and eyes stretched and foghorn at the ready. Fortunately it was cleared by the time we got to Dartmouth, so we could enjoy the view up the river.

Id almost forgotten it was a Bank Holiday Monday until we were unloading at Dittisham, where the small landing area by the Ferry pub and the pontoon were crowded with children crabbing and mudlarking, so in the hot, dry, bright sunshine and blue sky we made an odd sight arriving with oilies and life jackets!
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