Too Long Since Last Post
It has been far too long since I updated you all on what we are up to.
Lagos Marina, The Algarve, Portugal
In brief, our plan to be in Portugal for the winter was not to be and we are staying in Falmouth, Cornwall (UK) for the winter.
In a bit more detail:-
After my Short Cornish Road Trip I joined Neil back on board Gleda anchored off St Just in the Roseland. We spent a few nights anchored then moved Gleda up to a private mooring in a creek just past St Just in the Roseland Church. Thanks to Ben, Alex and Binky for allowing us to use their mooring. It was idyllic. So peaceful and loads of wildlife to watch. We could just glimpse the church and could just hear the bells which was serene. St Just in the Roseland Church itself is worth a visit. Set in a stunning location next to a tidal pool and with beautifully kept churchyard. We were there for virtually the whole of the month of September and the weather was great. It was what was expected in August. Warm and sunny. There was some rain on 1st September but none again until 30th September.
We were all on for getting the boat and Neil ready for the trip to Portugal. After only a few hours sailing in total, I did not feel ready for a crossing of Biscay/trip of that length so the plan was that I would fly down to Lagos on The Algarve in Portugal and Jake (A Roamer) would crew with Neil. It was great that Jake was ready and able as it is not a trip that Neil can do alone or with inexperienced crew (me). Jake flew over from Dublin at the end of September as there was a weather window showing which meant they could leave. The boat was provisioned with numerous tins of corned beef, curry, chilli, red bull, etc. However, on the day they were due for the off the weather window closed. I headed up country as planned and Jake back to Dublin for the time being but was ready to come back when the weather improved.
However, as it turned out the weather didn’t improve and down in Cornwall the weather had been getting colder and wetter. After 10 days of waiting for the weather to provide the much needed window we decided that, particularly due to the time of year, they were unlikely to get the weather they needed to do the trip comfortably. Neil set off into Falmouth to find out where we could stay for the winter and found us a pontoon berth at Falmouth Marina. It has car parking (I still have my car), showers, toilets and a laundry. It is also only a 15minute walk from Falmouth town, 5 minutes to McDonalds and 10mins to Sainsbury or Lidl. We also have the benefit of freely available water and mains electricity.
Falmouth Marina, Cornwall, UK