Well, what a great day it is here. Have a look at the couple of photos I've just uploaded and you'll see.
Bluebird is anchored in the harbour. She was built in 1938 for Sir. Malcolm Campbell to fulfill his dream of treasure hunting voyages across the Atlantic . Not long after her completion she was requisitioned and was used to evacuate troops from Dunkirk.
I took a 'phone call a few days ago from Christina Roberts. She called to tell me of her daughter Sara's solo sea kayak from Saltash to Penzance and then around the Isles of Scilly beginning on May 30th. I originally thought perhaps Christina was calling me to ask if they could borrow one of my kayaks!!! I'm very glad she wasn't as my sit-ons would be wholly unsuitabe for such a trip. I am very pleased to say that a lot more thought has gone into this expedition than that!
Well, April has been a glorious month on the whole however, it's all change for the forthcoming Bank Holiday- typical!
Saturday looks to be the best day for kayaking, after that the wind is picking up. Although it is from a mostly northerly direction which means we are sheltered in St. Mawes, but a northerly does tend to funnel down the Percuil River making it quite choppy there. It will also be too choppy to venture into the Carrick Roads with a kayak so Molunan Beach and St. Just will definitely be out. The temperature is also dropping compared with the last few days.
As you can see, Alastair has made some major changes to the site. I think it looks great and hopefully you will find it easier to navigate around. I am still in the process of editing and including more pictures etc... So please bear with me for a few days.
The weather here has been great for the last few weeks. Even today, although it is cloudy, there is not a great deal of wind and, as I write, I've got 5 boats out. Also been busy with "Paramour".
As always, call or email before venturing down, and I hope to see you soon, Mark.
Well, it's another beautiful morning here. We've had great weather for a week and it looks set to continue. There's a cooling easterly breeze though, but that's a good direction for me. It means it's flat calm here in the harbour and, if paddlers go up the river, it's harder work going but easier coming back. The best scenario!
I've been busy with "Paramour" as well. Had lots of families out for RIB trips and also had a few late night water taxis from Falmouth. I've got one tonight actually.
Well, the season has begun today. I was out on the slipway at 0730 and it was beautiful. Wall to wall blue sky and flat calm. However, that didn't last long! By 1100 the wind had picked up and the skies had clouded up. Still had four hardy paddlers who braved the elements though.
Good news! Andy, the Truro Harbour Master and Head of Cornwall Maritime, has been down this morning to pass-out the boat and kayaks. So I'm now officially ready for the forthcoming season.
See you soon, Mark.
Well, we've had some great weather here since Paramour was launched and I've managed to get the 20hrs on the engine. So this afternoon Peter and Mark are helping me get her out so that the engine can be serviced and then everything will be ready for the start of the season in a couple of weeks.
At just after 0900 this morning we lowered the trailer down the slipway and she slipped off gracefully into St. Mawes Harbour for the first time. Beforehand we enjoyed Bacon Butties and Bucks Fizz on what was a beautiful morning here. I couldn't have planned better weather if I'd wanted to!
Well, the storm they promised us this morning didn't turn up! It's actually a very nice day here.
It seems hard to believe that next week at this time "Paramour" will be afloat. When I ordered her at the Southampton Boat Show last September, March 2010 seemed a very long way off... now here we are!
Everything is just about done, just a few fiddly bits left. At least my favourite job of all is done- the antifouling ARGHHHH I hate it! Necessary evil though I'm afraid.