The OGA60 Round Britain fleet has left Falmouth and Newlyn, heading for South Wales. We hear from several skippers and crew of an early start in good weather as the wind has shifted slightly for the passage ‘round the corner’. The next planned rendezvous is in Neyland, Milford Haven.
Looking back to OGA50, the fleet had a very different tale to tell in these waters where they had been stormbound for several days.
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Our cover photo this morning is from ‘Susan J’ as she passes Longships Lighthouse, “F3 NE making 4+ knots in glorious sunshine”. In company with ‘Indian Runner’ and ‘Recipe’ she departed Newlyn, reporting sunrise over St. Michael’s Mount and the ‘Solomon Browne’ Penlee lifeboat slip at Mousehole. In December 1981, the crew of the lifeboat attempted to rescue the crew and passengers from a coaster ‘Union Star’ in ferocious hurricane force winds. Both vessels were lost with all on board losing their lives at sea that night.
‘Moon River’, ‘Peggy’, ‘Charlotte Elizabeth’, ‘Swift II’ and ‘Step Back in Time’ left Falmouth at 0555 on passage to Newlyn enjoying the sail past Helford River on the way to the Lizard with a smooth sea state. ‘Peggy’ reports she’s making little headway with full sail and zero engine, floating at 2.9 knots. She is the youngest boat in the fleet, having launched in 2022, Cornish Crabber 30 with hybrid diesel/electric auxiliary power. On this glorious day for a sail, ‘Cygnet of London’ and ‘Peggy’ both report dolphins playing under their bowsprits.