Obtaining fuel was now imperative and the fuel berth at nearby Queen Anne’s Battery Marina was our first call after slipping the mooring. Departing the fuel berth at 12.40 hrs we made good progress under ideal sailing conditions in the forecast northerly weather, arriving to anchor on the Falmouth bank, north of the harbour, at 19.40 hrs, distance logged 39 miles.
It has always seemed to me a bit silly to look for an alongside berth if arriving in the evening when the shops will be closed, you will probably not need services ashore until next day, and it will likely be necessary by that time of day to raft out and then be disturbed next
Approaching Falmouth from the south east Pendennis Castle is seen left of centre with St Anthony’s Head to the right
3: Plymouth to Falmouth, 12th June
Shipping forecast 12th June 12.01: Plymouth: N or NW veering NE at times 4-5 occasionally 6 at first;
morning by boats inside wishing to leave.
Much better to anchor off when anchorage is available, wait until mid morning next day when those leaving will have gone, and then seek the marina or alongside berth if required and of course save yourself a night’s berthing charges in the process.
In pursuance of this intent we moved to the Harbour Commissioner’s pontoon next morning. This is a busy berth; one remaining alongside space only was available.