Despite reports to the contrary, members of the OGA Sou b’Sou’West Cruise in Company, representing four OGA areas, have reached the Isles of Scilly!
As the forecast improved on Thursday 3 August, three boats made passage westwards. ‘Gwenili’ (East Coast) and ‘Jan Blank’ (Netherlands) arrived at the Isles of Scilly on Saturday and reported an enjoyable evening at the Turks Head, St Agnes.
‘Susan J’ (South West) departed Newlyn at 0400 Saturday and arrived into Hugh Town 2030 after another epic windward plod alleviated by mass dolphins and multiple gannet dives. They joined ‘Gwenili’ at St Mary’s on Sunday.
‘Capraia’ (Bristol Channel) arrived a couple of days later having had to wait out the storms in Padstow before leaving for the Isles of Scilly from Newlyn.
The remainder of the fleet have all enjoyed a few more days along the coasts of Cornwall, from Dartmouth in the East, through Plymouth, to the Helford and Newlyn, before making their plans to return home.
‘Carlotta’, ‘Hester’ and ‘Betty II’ rafted up on a buoy at Restronguet, while ‘Minx’, ‘Corncockle’ and ‘Alice Pellow’ gathered in the Helford River before sailing on to Mevagissey. ‘Betty II’ took a 12 mile sail up the Tamar River for a quiet evening listening to rustling reeds and hooting owls at Calstock.
‘East Breeze’, ‘Swift’ and ‘Step Back in Time’ started their return eastwards on Sunday across Lyme Bay departing Dartmouth 0500 and approaching Weymouth Harbour 1750. The first Solent boat to reach her home port is ‘Moon River’, arriving back in Shoreham on Monday after overnight stops at Dartmouth, Weymouth and Haslar, while South West based ‘Susan J’ returned to her home port at Helford Passage on Tuesday evening, 8 August.