Saturday, 3 August 2013

Day 87  (31/7/13)  Fowey to Salcombe  (41/1764nm)
Depart 1030, Arrive 1700.
Wind SW F4. Cloud and mist.  Sailed at 6kts for most of leg.
Moored on visitor’s pontoon some distance from the town.
Day 88  (1/8/13)  Salcombe to Kingswear (Dartmouth)  (18/1782nm)
Depart 1200, Arrive 1600.
Wind SW F2/3.  Sunny and warm with fog patches. Motorsailed. 
Sailed close inshore to see the beautiful beaches of Lannacombe, Beesands and Torcross. The 3800 tonne square-rigger barque Sea Cloud 2 moored in Dartmouth Harbour during the evening.  She carries 96 passengers and was built for her German owners in 1999. She left the following morning.
Day 89  (2/7/13) Kingswear (Darthaven Marina)
Took a ride on the Dart Valley Steam Railway to Churston to see the Torbay Steam Fair.  Arrived to see a beautifully restored 1909 Stanley steam powered car driving fast around the ring - apparently it can reach 45mph on the flat, not bad for 1909. Perhaps one of the most bizarre sights at the show was Willem Kelder’s enormous 9m x 3m 118 key fairground organ ‘Victory’ playing at full volume, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven – quite stunning.  Superb Irish folk group ‘Black Velvet’ performed in the well stocked real ale marquee.  In the evening I took the ferry to Dartmouth for a walk and provisions from the Co-op.  Tomorrow afternoon off to Brixham in the sun.

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