Scilly post

49 55′ N   006 19’W

Preparing for sea.  Our voyage crew are ashore on Tresco being given a guided tour by Will Wagstaff.  With the weather we have been having, this place is better than the Carribbean, the sand so white and azure sea.  Yesterday we took a picnic lunch on St Mary’s provided by our chef,Pete.  Homemade quiche with chilled white wine, salmon and potato salad all went down surprisingly well.   One of our old Scillonian crew made a fabulous birthday cake for one guest so after all that food  we slept on the sand with the birds singing in  the spring sun.

Tonight will be a different story.  Forecast E’ly 5-6.  I suspect a long voyage back to fowey but well worth it.  Bessie Ellen will sail with double reefed mizzen, full main and three heads’ls, hoping to make 6.5kts, arriving Fowey Sunday morning.

Windy days

I think nothing can be better than dropping anchor in a sheltered bay after a good stiff breeze.  Today, St Mawes is that bay after a very fast passage from Fowey.  With 3 reefs in the main and two headsails,  our top speed was 8.3 kts and only three crew on board to enjoy it.  We roared passed the Dodman with numerous white horses scattered across St Austell bay.  Round the headland there was a little more shelter but still a quartering wind to push us along.  Finally, sails down underneath St Anthony’s and a quiet arrival to the anchorage.  Now, wheres the tea!

If you would like to come and try tall ship sailing, we are in Falmouth until 3rd June offering days out in the river, or shorter voyages at 4 hrs.  See Classic Sailing for more details.

May Bank Holiday

This weekend, come and join in the maritime fun in two of our finest West Country ports.  On Friday, Bessie Ellen will lead the fleet on the opening day of the Fal River fest from King Harry ferry to the ancient port of Falmouth.  This will be the start of a whole week of events in the estuary, including the pilot cutter review hosted and sponsored by Classic Sailing of St Mawes.  Bessie Ellen will be sailing daily so come to Events square by the Maritime museum to book your place on board.

Early Saturday morning, Bessie Ellen arrives at the Barbican, Plymouth, her home port and where she was built over 100 years ago to provide the backdrop for the Pirate festival.   This magical weekend full of fun and piratical antics will include an on board pirate themed cookery demonstration by our old chef, Sam Bagshawe.  On the menu will include Pirate juice, Pirate fish and a Pirate cake.  Of course full costume attire will be worn.  Open ship all day will give an insight into ships of the past and fun for all the family.