Trip on Sea Essay starting 2019-08-17 in BSASep19
Plymouth – Brixham August 17 – 24– report by Bernard Smyth
Sea Essay, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 owned by the Civil Service Sailing Association:
We got to Plymouth the night before to have a meal together in Miller and Carter steakhouse. Set off to the River Yealm next day in a sunny F5/6 to have a meal on board on a pontoon that we had to ourselves. It would normally have been occupied by up to 15 to 20 yachts. We could only assume it was the earlier bad weather which had kept people at home. But sunny was the word for the whole week with only a sprinkling of rain one day.
On the Sunday we sailed to Salcombe in rolly conditions in a quartering sea, with two reefs in the main. Wind speed was 24 knots with white horses all around. In Salcombe we tied up to a buoy with plenty to choose from. This was a recurring theme in other places so we were not sure why there were so few visiting yachts.
Water filled and pasties purchased, we set off next day for Brixham in a 24-knot WSW wind again in sunny conditions. A brief shower of rain hit us on the approach to the town. Next day was the first without white horses as we tacked towards Dartmouth. There were no spaces in town so we went to Dittisham for lunch on a buoy in sunny but cool conditions for August. We were assured there would be a berth alongside the town quay at 5pm and spent the night moored there.
We had to be off the quay by 8.45 so had breakfast on a nearby pontoon. Later we had a gentle sail at about three knots with the tide against us to Hallsands for lunch at anchor. In Salcombe again, we had to moor up alongside two other yachts on a buoy with the harbourmaster taking our line to the mooring. Another meal was had on board due to a lack of a harbour taxi and our small dinghy with no outboard.
Next day we sailed in a F4 to the Yealm again and had to row the dingy ashore twice with 4 crew members as the boat was restricted to three people. Meal ashore in the Yealm yacht club after a long trek along a footpath. Luckily the RNLI now provide lockers for storage of lifejackets for £1 at their station on the quayside.
Bacon and eggs were cooked for a sunny breakfast next day and it was off towards Plymouth again, tacking all the way to Cawsand for lunch at anchor before going up to pass under the Tamar Bridge and head back to QAB past a few warships. That evening we ate a farewell meal in the The Chancel restaurant in town.