Monday, 20 October 2014

Racers Return

As the nights draw in, the days grow shorter and cooler racing in autumn can often be a cold and gloomy experience.

But occasionally there is a fine weekend with late afternoon sunshine as the crews make their way back to harbour.


A good breeze is still blowing and the late afternoon sunlight becomes saturated with colour.


Barely 2 weeks ago the winter weather seems to be rushing in.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Fowey Classics

A few classic boats seen around Fowey.


 No idea what this boat is, long and lean she has classic long overhangs at bow and stern.


From a distance this looked like a Harrison Butler, but I've been nown to be wrong on more than one occasion.



One my all time favorites a Troy class ashore at Fowey Boat Yard and looking immaculate.


A Fowey River class out for a Sunday afternoon sail, it was pretty blustery so heading up river to the more sheltered stretches was probably a wise decision,


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bessie Ellen

A west country trading ship built in 1904, Bessie Ellen visited Fowey while we were there. Built in Plymouth in 1904 she has had a remarkable working life and is currently part of the UK core collection of historic vessels sailing with charter crews around the UK and Europe.


She was a majestic sight making way slowly up the harbour, just the sort of vessel which would have visited Fowey a hundred years ago.


Everything seemed very relaxed and the crew all seemed to be well practiced.


Heading for the visitors pontoon.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Winifred

This boat stood out among the fishing fleet in Looe, she seems to have the distinctive lines of a coble from the North East coast


The pronounced tumble home seems to start at mid ships and extends right back to the stern.


This picture doesn't show very well, but the transom, or rather what's left of it after fitting that hefty outboard and well is raked as are most cobles. The bows having a fine and concave entry.


A quick google of fishing records show Winifred is registered at Looe 5.7 meters and hull material fiberglass, there isn't much information other than she is not registered for shellfish or scallops. No clue as to how she came to be fishing in Cornwall nor her history or origin.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Fowey Morning Run

My normal morning run takes me down Fore Street, concious that my foot steps echo loudly in the narrow street, then out along the Esplanade to Readymoney Cove at the entrance to the river.


 Climbing up the steep rise to Hanson Drive is always the hardest part of the run, but at the top the view of the river across to Polruan is always spectacular. I must be fitter than I think as I didn't need to pause for breath.


Along past Fowey Hall and then down to the Bodinnick ferry, apart from a few outboard motors and the boats being made of plastic it's a view that probably hasn't changed much for a hundred years.


Heading back along North Street the view from the car park next to the lifeboat station shows the mist lifting across the busy harbour.

About another 150 yards to home, a cup of tea and breakfast on the balcony, what better start to the day.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Aground

It's been a lively week what with the lifeboat rescue, flooding and then as we returned back to the house on Thursday afternoon, there was a yacht aground on the Polruan shore.


I'm guessing the yacht broke free from its mooring in the high winds and big tides we've been having.

It looks like a Sadler 34 bilge keeler with the starboard keel sticking above the ground and presumably the port keel dug well in.

Evening tide was lower, coming off springs and without the wind and the swell pushing the high water level. At around 6.30 PM two powerful launches stood by, the water was about two and a half feet short of the waterline of the beached yacht. One launch took a halyard from the masthead while the other pulled on a bow rope. Engines roared and slowly the boat heeled to starboard away from the beach and then suddenly slid down into the water. It was perhaps a drastic measure, but the alternative was to have left the yacht stranded for a month or more. All in all a good result, once the keel bolts have been checked.

Below the yacht being towed off to the boat yard.




Strangely when we were here in September 2011 another boat broke it's mooring and was stranded in almost the exact same spot, clearly they weren't using the ground tackle I spotted in the Old Station Yard.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Fowey Floods

As I said earlier this week there always seems to be plenty going on when we visit Fowey and Wednesday was no exception, the winds had been blowing from the south all day averaging around 30 to 35 knots so near to gale force. Fowey is a very well protected harbour except when the wind is in the south and the waves were soon piling up at the entrance.


The waves combined with the big spring tide brought the sea over the top of the town quay, flooding the lower part of Fore Street. Someone seems to have taken a light hearted view given the sign they have put up in the old bank building.


Accommodation with spectacular views at the King of Prussia.


No takers for the boat trips then.


Down at the other end of town near Caffa Mill things were much the same, we were in Fowey in about the same time of year in 2004 when there was similar flooding, as I recall the high water level reached about halfway up the lower pane of glass on this house back then.