|Activity||Activity date||Activity description|
|Sunday morning breakfast at Mylor||2014-09-14||A walk along Mylor Creek to Mylor Harbour for breakfast. Sat on the beach and watched some boats getting surprised by how windy it was.|
|Mylor dog walk||2019-07-15||Breakfast at Mylor Harbour cafe and then a quick doggie walk / paddle before heading home from a long canoeing weekend at Falmouth.|
|Mylor harbour for breakfast||2014-09-06||From Mylor Bridge to Mylor Harbour and on past Restronguet Sailing Club|
|Mylor Harbour to Trelissick||2014-09-09||From Mylor Harbour to Trelissick and back via Looe Beach. Tried teaching Scooby to swim at Looe Beach but he was too much of a wuss - even for strawberry ice cream.|
|Creeks and kingfishers||2015-09-19||First canoe trip of the 2015 summer holiday. From Mylor harbour, a little way up Restronguet creek up past the Pandora Inn, on to Looe Beach and then back via Mylor Creek. Had a kingfisher with us for quite a way up Mylor creek.|
|Mylor to Flushing||2014-09-07||Mylor Harbour round to Flushing and then back up Mylor Creek. Top paddle! Very slight swell from SE winds when going along the shore before turning into the the Falmouth shelter.|
|Paddle from Cockwood Harbour to SYC||2013-09-01||Light winds forecast so we took Scooby for a paddle from Cockwood Harbour up to Starcross Yacht Club and back again. Watched a boat sink (again) and it is not the one in the photographs!|
|Tregunwith Farm to Mylor Harbour||2016-07-09||From Tregunwith Farm campsite to Mylor Harbour and a little way beyond. Saw Pat T and Graham I just coming back from a Tideway outing.|
|Flushing and Mylor||2014-09-18||A round trip from Mylor Bridge to Flushing and then back via Mylor Harbour. Very nice lunch at the cafe at Mylor harbour.|
|Mylor to the Pandora Inn - Falmouth||2010-09-26||From Mylor to the Pandora Inn and on to Feock. The Pandora Inn sadly burned down but has now been re-built. Well be back for more fish platters and cheesy chips|
|Breakfast at Mylor||2015-09-13||Walk with wife and hound to Mylor for some breakfast. Then along to watch the kids from Restronguet Sailing Club playing "how many times can you capsize a Mirror" in the F5ish winds|
|Flushing to Mylor||2013-09-15||A Scooby walk from Flushing to Mylor for an expensive coffee! Returned just as the first rains for the predicted storm started to arrive.|
|Flushing and Mylor||2015-09-16||A circular route to Flushing and back via Mylor Harbour|
|Mylor to Malpas||2018-07-07||On one of the stunning summer days in 2018 we put the canoe in at Mylor and paddled up towards Truro - getting just a little way past Malpas. Just about everything was great - the tides were as planned, the sun was hot and there was a cooling sea breeze (OK - that had to be paddled back in to on the way back!).|
|Restronguet Creek and Pandora Inn||2013-09-19||A walk from Mylor Bridge to Restronguet Creek to the Pandora Inn. The Pandora Inn had burnt down since the last time we were here but has been sympathetically restored. Back along Mylor Creek to the Mylor Bridge|
|Studland to Portland Harbour||2019-05-24||
From Studland past St Albans Head to Portland Harbour with a stop at Lulworth Cove.
We weighed anchor early at the Studland anchorage to be able to get past the Lulworth Gunnery Range before the army started firing at 09:30. This meant an inshore passage past the St Albans Head. While not in the same league as Portland Bill, St Aldhams Ledge does have a bit of a "reputation" and the inshore passage doesn't always exist (see here and here for a couple of fun Youtube videos of yachts rounding St Albans Head). In our case we were crossing about mid tide with maybe a F4 against the tide so we could have expected some lumpiness. In fact, it was a pussycat - no idea why! Then on to the circular inlet in the cliffs that is Lulworth Cove. When we dropped anchor there we were the only yacht there - the benefits of early season cruising! Then on to Portland Marina. Built for the 2012 Olympics the place is huge.
|Portland to SYC on the Exe||2019-05-25||
From Portland Harbour, round Portland Bill to Starcross Yacht Club on the Exe.
As ever, a rounding of Portland Bill by the inshore passage required careful planning. In our case, this meant that to get safe and helpful tides we had to be off the end of Portland Bill at 16:30 - a late start given the long sail to the Exe after the Bill.
As we left the excellent Portland Harbour there were fleets of Oppies and Toppers training. We then closed the Bill near Grove Point and the tide helped us speed down the 5 metre contour line to round the Bill. Again, we had the obelisk at the end of the Bill lined up with the red band on the lighthouse (meaning we'd be far enough off the rocks but - usually - not too far off to be in the race).
The biggest challenge - once again - was to avoid the swarms of tiny appallingly marked lobster pot buoys that appeared to be laid out like some minefield grid!
After passing Pulpit Rock on the west side, we started heading off towards the Exe. With the late start, this meant that we'd be going up the Exe in the dark. However, it also meant that we decided to sail in the light winds after it got too dark to see the lobster pots also scattered in Lyme Bay.
The trip up the Exe was OKish. The lights in the fairway are better than when I last did it in the dark - maybe three years ago - but there are still two unlit buoys (numbers 14 and 21 IIRC) in the Exe itself. Additionally there are a few large metal mooring buoys that encroach too far into the marked channel meaning a risk of a serious "ding" to a boat's gel coat without local knowledge and/or someone with a decent light on the front of the boat to spot them. Back on the mooring at SYC at 01:30.