Back onto board again, back to the simple life!
We quickly fell into our straight forward routine of 2 to 3 hours of school in the morning and then a walk or an explore in the afternoon, with modest sailing ambitions. Only if the weather was set to be fair for a while would we think about making the 60 mile passage to the Isles of Scilly. Otherwise, we were going to stay put in the West Country, with perhaps a dash across the channel in a suitable weather window. (Our house was empty from the end of June, so we always had the option of packing up and going home!)
The weather turned out to be lovely – perfect, settled light easterlies. After a trip up the Fal to the Pandora Inn for lunch, we sailed around the corner from Falmouth to Helford. We stayed there for a couple of days, enjoying a potter both by land and dinghy around Frenchman’s Creek, where the trees lean right down into the water and there is silence except for the call of the birds. We attended a Caribbean(!) night at the local pub and enjoyed a lazy drink or two in the recently refurbished sailing club.
With settled easterlies continuing, it was ideal for a long day sail to the Isles of Scilly. The day we set off provided us with one of those dawns it is worth waking up for:
In the mid-afternoon that day we arrived at St. Mary’s (the island on Scilly, not our house in Guildford, which, as it happens, was called St. Mary’s after the island!). In the next few blog entries, I’ll publish some of our many photos from a truly magical holiday in Scilly. A perfect final cruise for us on Rafiki – particularly fitting, as it was the last big cruise that Granddad made on his boat, Hope, before he fell ill a few years ago. Some events in life are just clearly meant To Be…