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7th September, 2018

The sun had not yet risen, when we found ourselves creeping into the River Fal early on Friday morning. Falmouth harbour is of course tidal and, when the tide is at its lowest, we would not be able to navigate in or out, therefore we tie in our planned movements with high tides allowing us plenty of water underneath.

Backing down onto the berth just before 07:00, I could smell the nearby bakeries preparing one of my favourite treats: Cornish Pasties. It was a fine morning and I was planning this morning on taking a little walk around the town, conveniently only a stone’s throw from our berth.

Warmed pleasantly by the Gulf Stream, the harbour is a gateway to a beautiful network of tidal rivers & creeks called the Carrick Roads – Falmouth has protected this sheltered anchorage since Tudor times. The town also boasts the excellent National Maritime Museum Cornwall. On the headland, old Henry VIII decided to have Pendennis Castle built – which turned out to be a superb idea as it also played a prime role in defending the coastline during the two world wars.

Trips further afield today would whisk those passengers with gardening gloves off to the Eden Project, and those with paintbrushes to the famous Tate Gallery. I would stick to my original plan though and venture into the town to source the best smelling Cornish Pasty shop. Not, however, before I was delighted by an old friend and colleague who popped by to say hello. He lives nearby, and is fondly renowned by all who work here…yes some of you may have guessed already: Captain Philip Rentell (ret). A few laughs & salty sea stories later, I found myself walking briskly with a sort of semi-urgent hunger towards to home of the Oggy (Cornish, apparently, for ‘Pasty’).

There was a selection of 3 fine looking shops as far as I could see – and so naturally my choice was to sample all three. Two pasties and a sausage roll later, I waddled happily back to my ship where we would sail earlier today to catch the high tide out. Whilst walking back, I noted a number of our passengers also returning to the ship; however none with Pasties or crumbs in the way of evidence down their fronts. Apparently the food on board is too good!

Shortly after lunch we set sail from Falmouth, out of the bay where we would turn hard to starboard and round Land’s End before venturing into the Bristol Channel, destined for a certain Welsh port tomorrow which this little ship has yet to visit.

Captain Kim Tanner

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