Flaghoist – Jun 2022

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Description automatically generatedWembury Sailing Club  Web site:                            www.wemburysailingclub.org.uk Contact:                              wemburysailingclub@gmail.com

Dear Reader, WSC Sailors, boaters and kayakers 

Our first kayak of the season was around Church Ledge rocks and in towards the Yealm (pronounced Yam!) with our three-year-old granddaughter. It was one of the very low tides of the year. We found two baby spider crabs in amongst the rocks, various types of seaweed and met up with a “barnacle scientist” who has been recording the 7 different species of barnacles found on Church Ledge rocks since the 1980’s. I think he said his work was voluntary but connected to the MBA (Marine Biological Association) based in Plymouth. He also said that the reporting fed into a global data base used for monitoring climate change. How cool is all of that for a three-year-old! We are extremely lucky to live where we do and to have access to all these wonderful facilities.

I am writing this while we are being gently rocked at our anchorage in St Mawes harbour, Falmouth. The wind is a fresh North Westerly but is expected to moderate overnight and swing around into the Southeast. We plan to sail to Penzance Bay tomorrow via the famous Lizard headland which is best to be navigated around with a favourable tide. We will pick up two other Wembury friends in Penzance who will join us in getting our boat, a Bavaria 36, up to the West Coast of Scotland where we will have several weeks exploring the Western Isles and no doubt visit some distilleries. We are also hoping to see an assortment of wildlife. Some friends last night were on Rathlin Island, just off the Northeast coast of Northern Ireland. They hiked to the western end of the Island to visit a breeding colony of Puffins. That’s another place to add to our plan.

St Mawes, located on the Roseland Peninsula, takes its name from the Celtic saint, St Maudez, who may have come from Ireland but is mainly venerated in Brittany. St Mawes Castle was a fortress, from the time of Henry VIII, built to counter the invasion threat from the continent. It is well worth a visit. Who needs to travel on an aeroplane and go overseas for their summer vacation?

A picture of Greyhound, a Sailing Cargo vessel, visiting Plymouth for the Pirate Weekend in May this year:

Stay safe on the water.           Andy Brown    Editor – WSC FH Wembury Review

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