Cruise fleet stormbound, 3 August, 2017

Being philosophical, and deferring to common sense, the decision has been made by the OGA Cruise in Company Sou’ by Sou’West fleet not to depart Falmouth for the Scilly Islands. The local forecast for the next week is dominated by strong winds from the southwest and Falmouth ‘old salts’ shake their heads on the quayside advising against setting sail without three days of clear calm weather to get there and back ‘with yer vessel and souls still floaten’.

Meanwhile, in Padstow, the Celtic contingent are still waiting for the south westerlies to abate, but hoping to reach south Cornwall later in the month. ‘Jan Blank’, joining the fleet from the Netherlands, is sitting out the storms in Newlyn, visiting Mousehole by bus.

The pictures tell some of the story from racing in Plymouth to the gathering in Falmouth, forced to be ‘journey’s end’.