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Trip Log: A quintet of Cape Cutters

International Cape Cutter Week 2014, Mylor

Day 2

The forecast was not entirely accurate for today and there was less wind and more rain than forecast. Still, today was a special day: there would be no less than five Cape Cutters sailing together (with Cornish Yawl, Lucy, aka “The Mothership”). After a quick discussion, we decided to head down the Fal and aim for the Helford river. The rain cleared up, but there was still little wind and we ended up basking opposite St Just for a while before we started engines and motored down to the mouth of the Fal. We were due back early for a talk from Cape Cutter Association president, Mike Brooke (who was sailing aboard the newest Cape Cutter, Sapphire, and no doubt passing on some of his long experience with this boat), about his charity fund raising sail around Britain in a Cape Cutter.

As a result, we decided to do a turn around Black Rock and then head into Falmouth for lunch. This we duly did and all rafted to Lucy in front of Town Quay. The darkening skies were our signal to move off and we motored back to Mylor in the rain. Despite the rather low key sailing (and weather), it was a most enjoyable day, being a chance to swap notes and sail in company of other Cape Cutters. With an improving forecast for the week, we went to Mike’s very entertaining talk about his round-Britain sail which has raised so much money to find life-changing research to help children with inherited blindness.

Sure enough, we emerged from Mylor Yacht Club to a very different evening, with clear skies and the promise of better days to follow…

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