No wind yesterday . . .

No wind yesterday but a fine day to run the engine.

I removed the sail cover and attached the halyard but left the lazy jacks in place as I didn’t expect to set the sail. As the Sound opened up it, it was almost empty – two vessels in sight, one trying to set a sail. A little later he had given up.

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It was also a perfect day to anchor and run out the rode. I dropped anchor around 1300 close to Jennycliff near the Withyhedge beacon.

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Then time for lunch, and, as I had bought the dinghy with me, time for some photography.

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There were three naval vessels at anchor. The village of Cawsand can be seen in the sunshine on the far side of Plymouth Sound – (just aft of the pulpit).

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All the metal work makes Blue Mistress look positively industrial. The depth is 7.7 metres – it had dropped from 8.4 metres in the 3/4 hour I had been at anchor.

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The washed-out colours of January.

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This simple rig holds the course giving plenty of time to go fetch something from below. It works just as well under sail..

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The tide was low and the water slack as I passed the Cattewater Wharves.

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Flinterlinge, registered out of Groningen, was busy unloading.

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