Tin Tin's Sailing Calendar

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Circumnavigating Scilly

Monday 2nd May was windy and grey, but we headed ashore to the little sandy harbour at New Grimsby fully clad in sailing gear and lifejackets, tying up to the curved stone harbour wall.

 It was great to stretch our legs along to Tresco Abbey gardens, where we relished the exploration of a rich luxuriant foliage, fascinating plants, rocky terraces and old abbey ruins.
Tin Tin anchored off Old Grimsby Harbour
Amazing plant life on Tresco!

Becky & Kyle at Tresco Abbey gardens

Old stone quorns used for grinding corn were still easy to move.

The Old Abbey ruins

Having enjoyed a pasty lunch, we found that the sun was coming out, and our walk back to the harbour was delightful as the water changed to Bombay Sapphire blue.

Mark and Paul climbed to the monument where we had a spectacular view across the Western Isles and the anchorage between Bryher and Tresco with Tin Tin lying calmly at mooring.

New Grimsby Harbour
Meanwhile Kyle and Beccy were foraging for wild food, coming back with a bag full of rock samphire, sea spinach, wild three-cornered leeks, wild fennel, and pennywort.

The sand bar between St Agnes and Gugh

St Agnes Lighthouse
Back on board the view up New Grimsby Sound was impressive with large breaking seas on the northern entrance. We set sail and headed north and into the Atlantic, heading up past Round Island and then turning downwind in swells that reached 3 metres high. We passed close inside Chimney rocks and then along the northern coast of Great Ganilly, where large numbers of seals on the rocks raised their heads, and many more in the water popped up and stared at us. At one end of Great Ganilly is the little craggy island of Nounour, on which a large hoard of Roman jewellery was found. What were they doing there? Was it a shipwrecked crew?

Then we headed into Crow Sound and past St Marys Harbour. The Southwesterly was making it very rough and the moored yachts were tossing violently. So we headed on round to the sheltered Porthcressa Cove, which was deserted and had a dozen substantial moorings in flat calm sheltered water. We toasted our trip in gin and tonic and Kyle and Beccy produced a lovely supper based on their wild harvest.

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