Had a fantastic time in Fowey last night, had some beers and dinner in the Fowey Gallants Sailing Club where we watched some mid-week dinghy sailing. Headed back to the boat for some wine until the sun set. Great day! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘โ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ“ธ

Not having a terrible day! Passing Mevagissey to our port side in gorgeous sunshine. Not a breath of wind though so weโ€™re motoring towards Fowey. โ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ“ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Morning again from Falmouth, good night last night. Got our passage and pilot planning sorted for the trip to Fowey. Should be a good day ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒ…โ›ต๏ธ

Day Skipper - Day 1

We started the morning after sleeping aboard, not the best sleep ever but got just enough. We went through the workings of a life jacket after breakfast, explaining the mechanism and how the automatic firing works. We then spent some time talking about weather information and where it can be sourced, explaining the Almanac, etc. We covered Diesel engine daily maintenance and learned the WOBBLE mnemonic, water, oil, bilge, belt, lecky, exhaust.

I helmed the boat out of the Marina which went okay although the wheel was locked (whoops) which wasnโ€™t ideal and it took me a little while to figure out! We got out fine though, nice and steady with no issue. We then did some mooring practice under power and got a feel for the boat.

Simon the instructor demonstrated how to use engine wash and walk to turn the boat in a close circle. A very neat trick. Every boat will pull to port or starboard in a certain way depending on the propeller type.

We then worked to put the sails up but had some issues with the cars in the mast track, which seemed to get stuck in the just below the top spreaders. We tried a few things to check what the cause could be, we disconnected the halyard and attached a line to make sure it could run free which it did. And then disconnected one of the cars from the sail to see if it was getting caught. We believed that the newly installed rolling Genoa may have resulted in the mast bending back more than before and the track being slightly pinched as a result.

We motored up the Fal river just before the chain ferry and anchored up for lunch. During lunch we oiled the cars of the sail and successfully pulled the main up.

We pulled the anchor up and motored out of the river a little before putting the sails up and doing some light weather sailing. We practiced identifying marks and talked about points of sail. In the mouth of the River we performed a heave-to manoeuvre to stop the boat while in the wind.

We sailed past the lighthouse at the mouth of the Falmouth and sailed back into the river. With the wind fading we furled the Genoa and motorsailed back to where we were for lunch.

Luckily we found a pontoon to moor up to for the night, I was given helm duty for coming alongside the pontoon which seemed to go quite well. We tied up and called it a day.

We had sausage and mash for dinner and spoke to a full-time sailor called Terry on a boat named the Josephine of Exe who had done some transatlantic crossings. Very interesting character who shared a few bottles of red!

Goodnight from the River Fal, after a great day sailing and learning skills. We went out to the mouth of the River Fal in nice calm winds and have moored up on a small pontoon upriver. Beautiful and peaceful. Few glasses of red with a wise old sailor telling us stories! โ›ต๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“ธ

Good morning Falmouth! Good nightsโ€™ sleep in the bag. Expecting today weโ€™ll be practicing manoeuvring, anchoring and picking up a Buoy. Time for a shower first though ๐Ÿšฟ๐ŸŒ„โ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ“ธ

Good night from Yacht Louise in Falmouth Marina. Beautiful sunset after an introduction to the fellow students on the course this week and a spot of food onboard. Looking forward to getting stuck in tomorrow, for now itโ€™s time for bed! โ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŒ…

Exciting day today, heading to Falmouth for my Day Skipper Practical. Five days on board in what looks to be very lovely weather! Just booked a train ticket from St Austell, hoping to get to Falmouth in time to watch at least the start of the British Grand Prix ๐Ÿคžโ›ต๏ธ

Having a Kviek IPA this afternoon from Padstow Brewing and Lowlands Brewing. Lovely beer, not had a Kveik before. 6.2% is a bit more than Iโ€™m a fan of, but not too heavy. Gorgeous sunshine! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Œ

It was impossible to not take a photograph of the lift at the Fowey Harbour Hotel, it is absolutely gorgeous. Sharing because all hotel lifts should be like this! ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ›—๐Ÿ˜

Did I mention views in the last post? Yeah, welcome to Fowey, Itโ€™s very special! We couldnโ€™t have been luckier with the weather. After lunch we popped over to Polruan on the ferry for a beer in the famous Lugger Inn. โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ•ถ๐Ÿ“ท

Had a great Birthday lunch for mum at the absolutely gorgeous Fowey Harbour Hotel earlier this week. Service was fantastic, food perfect and wine spot on! Oh, and the views were to die for! Such a lovely hotel!๐Ÿท๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŽ‚โ˜€๏ธ

Charlestown, Cornwall has changed a lot in the last few years. Thereโ€™s now a rum bar in the historic port where Kelly, Owen and I had a quick drink earlier this week (I had a Goslings Dark and Stormy). We made the most of the last of the dayโ€™s sun! ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿนโ˜€๏ธ

Visited Tavistock, Devon earlier today, River Tavy seen here. A favourite when we visit parents in the Tamar valley. Had a fantastic lunch at a small cafรฉ enjoyed the gorgeous sunshine and popped in a few shops. Treated ourselves to a few beers on the way back too! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿปโ˜€๏ธ

Loved visiting Isle of Portland, Dorset earlier this week. Such a unique part of the UKโ€™s south coast. The lighthouse and Bill was great to see up close. ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

Come on England! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

Moved my MicroBlog over to my domain yesterday, was hesitant but everything seems to be working just fine, including https! Find me now at micro.andrews.io.

Just need to get some customisation going on that home page… But that’s a job for another day!

Treated myself the other day and bought a new power bank. Went for the Anker PowerCore Elite III 60W 25600mAh via Amazon. Charges in no time and can run and charge my MBP. Expect to use it for going away sailing, should hopefully get a week of iPhone and Watch charges out of it.

Friends of Microblog… Had a bit of a break, but I’m back. Twitter cross-posting is disabled this time, full commitment. โ˜บ๏ธ

Migration away from Google: Complete โœ…

Mail with @fastmail Data/Photos stored locally and in iCloud All backed up with TimeMachine & @backblaze

Decided to keep a YouTube account, donโ€™t judge me. โœŒ๏ธ

I don’t even want to think about how expensive these will be! ๐Ÿ˜‚

iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery Pack


Treating myself this morning, since itโ€™s March and all. Smells pretty good โ˜•๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘

Replaced our kitchen under counter lights today. Gone are 8 x 20w halogen bulbs, in are 8 x 1.8w LEDs

Should save us about ยฃ50/ยฃ60 quid a year. Probably a little more. ๐Ÿ‘

Picked ourselves up a bit of a treat in Costco today ๐ŸŒถ Not often you see Texan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ salsa here in the UK!

About. Bloody. Time. ๐Ÿป

โ€œBeer duty could be cut in pubs and raised in supermarketsโ€