|Helford Passage to Padagarrack Cove
||With Winguru and the Met Office differing in forecast speed by about two and a half times, we wanted to avoid the possibility of too much incoming tide against the westerly wind. So we had a short paddle from Helford passage down to Padagarrack Cove and then up past Port Navas.
|Helford to Gweek - Falmouth
||From Helford Passage all the way up to Gweek and back. Not stopping at Daphers French Mans Creek this time.
|Helford Passage to Gweek
||On yet another stunning 2018 summer's day, we put the canoe in just past the Helford Passage and paddled up to Geewk at the top of the Helford.
Then a dawdle back stopping at an old lime quay.
Highlight of the day for Liz was teaching Scooby to enjoy swimming! We think that his buoyancy aid may have helped.
At Penwarne Farm Campsite - lovely views in a field overlooking the sea between Falmouth and the Helford.
|Newport Trophy yacht race - Exe to Dartmouth
||A very light winds yacht race (or timed rally) from the Exe to the Dart. Such light winds, in fact, that the race ended early on a line from the Ore Stone to Hope's Nose.
Interesting "inshore passage" for some of the route between Berry Head and Dartmouth.
Overnight stay on a mooring in Dittisham.
|More creeks and kingfishers
||A paddle round the creeks of the Helford. More kingfishers today - in Frenchman's Creek. Lunch at Merthen Quay and then back via Polwheveral and Porthnavas creeks
||A short walk down to one of our favourite canoeing spots on the Helford - without a canoe this time.
This is where Scooby previously learnt to swim just for the fun of it so Liz was keen to take him back for another paddle.
|Helford and Frenchmans Creek
||A walk along the Helford Estuary, back inland and then along Frenchmans Creek back to the village of Helford
|Exe to Weymouth
||A sail from Starcross Yacht Club on the Exe via the inshore passage at Portland Bill and on to Weymouth.
Because Portland Bill sticks out into the English Channel and has a shallow underwater ledge that "squeezes" the currents, it has a somewhat fearsome reputation (see <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9DMYFWkprc" target="_blank">here</a> for a Youtube video of when it was "angry" at the end of a storm).
Therefore, we needed to be off the end of the Bill at the right time for mostly slack water and a "lift" up the eastern edge. That meant setting off at the hideously early time of 04:30 to allow some contingency for being off the end of the Bill at 14:00.
Given that we has to sail and motor (against the easterly wind) over 35 nautical miles, we were pleased to be off the Bill at about 14:15. Going round the Bill was happily uneventful but the large number of appallingly marked lobster pot buoys still means that great care is needed.
The photos show us rounding the end of the Bill with the front obelisk aligned in the middle of the red band of the lighthouse (as recommended). On the eastern side of the Bill, the 5 metre depth contour is typically a good guide to avoiding the race / overfalls.
|Rosemullion Head and Mawnan
||Round Rosemullion Head and back via Mawnan Smith. Lovely walk but the plan was slightly spoilt as the midges on the Head put paid to the idea of reading there for a couple of hours.
|The Helford and Frenchman's Creek
||From Helford Passage via Frenchman's Creek up into Mawgan Creek towards the top of the Helford Estuary. A little windy on the way back meant plenty of exercise!
|Portland to SYC on the Exe
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|Channel Islands - Sark to Alderney
||Leaving the anchorage at Havre Gosselin at Sark through the Gouliot Passage and then via the Alderney Race and into Braye Harbour in Alderney.
Some very high speeds when travelling with the Alderney Race and at times steering about 70 to 80 degrees across it to maintain the required course. Average speed an estimate as GPS time data lost.
|Sark to St Peter Port
||Round from La Greve de la Ville anchorage on the east side of Sark to the Saigne Bay anchorage on the west side. The Saigne Bay anchorage has some rather dramatic rock stacks (think James Bond / The Man With The Golden Gun - but smaller).
The on - via the Gouliot Passage and one of the passages north of the Lower Heads cardinal - to St Peter Port marina to meet up with lots of other Starcross Yacht Club "yotties" for the traditional meal in La Perla.