At last I have managed to find reliable wifi on Tresco in The New Inn. Life can be so hard!!

Dunmore East proved to be an excellent port while we waited for the weather in the Scillies to improve.

Dunmore east. Tucked in behind the Lighthouse

Dunmore east. Tucked in behind the Lighthouse

In all the almanacs we are warned that the harbour is not ‘yacht friendly’, but they were written before the advent of ‘Happy Harry’ the new Harbour Master. We stayed for 4 extra days on the leisure boats pontoon and met a variety of sailors who moored against us……. Alan, a single hander from Conway in a 32′ Macwester, who is taking time out to sail to the Med or until the money runs out!

Alan leaving Dunmore East

Alan leaving Dunmore East

…..3 lads from Strangford Lough circumnavigating Ireland and a boat being crewed by John Welling, who we knew from Brighton!! ……small world!

We left Dunmore East at 1400 on Thursday last, waved off once again by Libby.

A last sight of Hook

A last sight of Hook

This time we were really on our way.
The Atlantic swell and westerly winds meant that we had a boisterous time for the first 15 or so hours. Both of us felt queasy to begin with, but found our sea legs by nightfall and enjoyed our first phosphorescent sea. One of the pleasures of being well away from land are the sunrises and sunsets.

Sunrise half way to the Scillies

Sunrise half way to the Scillies

 

Dawn after a rough night.

Dawn after a rough night.

We arrived in dead calm under motor. Just off the Scillies we saw some sunfish. They are a strange sight as they swim on their sides basking in the sun, flapping one fin in the air.

Sunfish basking in the sunshine

Sunfish basking in the sunshine

As we approched the islands became clearer and we steered our way through the swell into Tresco Sound

Scillies ahoy!

Scillies ahoy!

…..where we picked up a mooring between Bryher and Tresco. We wanted a carefree night without having to worry about the anchor. En route we had a repeat problem with the stay sail furling gear and had to wind the sail in by hand when the winds were calm enough. Perhaps it was a good thing to go wrong before venturing on to Portugal and while we are still in home waters where we can get parts posted to us.

Our mooring from Fraggle Rock Bar Friday evening

Our mooring from Fraggle Rock Bar Friday evening

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  1. Hi Marcus & Margi, I’m home again ready for our twin Ecuadorian granddaughters’ first solo visit, so busy ashore too. Glad to hear of your good progress & hope your parcels arrived without a problem.
    Wishing you fair winds, John.

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