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Cruise 7 Cork to Penzance - A Scilly Route

Cruise 7 Cork to Penzance - A Scilly Route
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Joining the boat all went swimmingly – thankfully not literally as she was berthed in the Cork Royal Yacht Club marina at Crosshaven and access was via pontoon - until I decided to pop into the club bar for a drink. Who was to know that ordering a Guinness rather than a Murphy’s would be a hanging offence in these parts? I would have been in less trouble for ordering a Scottish whisky.

The rest of the crew arrived late from their flights but the Guinness, followed by a Murphy’s for reasons of diversity and inclusion, ensured that I was not disturbed till the morning. The day was spent provisioning, plotting and generally preparing to sail with a bit of socialising, string games and swimming thrown in – again not literally.

We had a glorious sunny sail from Crosshaven to Glandore with good winds, and anchored as close as we could to the little jetty where George took our day guest, Paddy, ashore to catch his bus back to Crosshaven. An idyllic backdrop to an evening of swimming, eating and drinking.

The following morning we reversed the order of hugging Eve and giving Adam a wide berth and made it safely out of the harbour to deliberate whether to go via the Fastnet rock to the Scillies or not. We decided not - given that the wind was not doing as desired. A good decision as we had a grand sail with sunny days and starry nights and reasonable winds throughout. An elaborate but excellent watch system meant much mingling of crew and many a salty tale was spun. The bonus card was spotting a large mammal on the second morning – cleverly identified by George to be a leather backed turtle. All very exciting. Presumably he, or indeed she, was venturing into our chillier waters in pursuit of the jellyfish who are also reported to be holidaying much further north as well this year.

Made landfall in the Scillies and picked up a picturesque (and cunningly prebooked) mooring in New Grimsby. We wandered ashore for a lovely evening despite a lacklustre dinner at the New Inn. The following morning we learned that the Scillies were no such thing. I shall now refer to them only by their full and correct appellation:- ‘The Isles of Scilly’. (Mind you, it doesn’t stop the gift shops peddling endless ‘Scilly’ mugs, T shirts etc. Too too amusing). The Isles of Scilly are many and varied with not much water (depth) anywhere but a fair few rocks everywhere (over 200 islands, islets and rocks in all). Highlights included the curious collection of plants and figure heads in the Abbey Gardens,



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