We slipped out of Padstow harbour in the dark hours just after midnight. We sailed past the famous Doombar sand bank (the name is now used for a very nice Cornish beer) and out to sea.
It was a long hard slog down the North Cornwall coast. There was no moon and visibility was poor. The only light being emiited from stars and a fascinating meteor shower. The sea state had eased to moderate but still strong enough to throw Tikka around throughout the night.
Morning broke and we pulled in to an anchorage at St Ives to await the tide to round Cape Cornwall and Land’s end.
Three hours to catch a bit of sleep, eat and get Tikka ready and then we were off by 1230. As we rounded Land’s end the seas flattened, the wind eased and the sun shone. With the spinnaker flying it was a great sail along this part of Cornwall with it’s rugged cliffs and reminders of her tin mining past proudly lining the coast.
We past the pretty village of Mousehole and had the spectacular St Michael’s Mount to our East as we entered the fishing village of Newlyn.
We were safely alongside by 2030 where we were met by Rosie from Action for Children and Megan’s brother, Aiden and his family.