Monday, July 21, 2008

Fishcombe Cove, Brixham

Fishcombe Cove is an idyllic little anchorage just around the corner from Brixham harbour. We motored slowly in until I could see a clear patch of sand to drop the hook (most of the bay is very rocky), then we finally switched off the engine and savoured the peace and quiet after over 29 hours at sea! Next priority was to get Pippin ashore so we dropped the dinghy and gently pottered in to the beach, past two seals playing. One of them got very curious about swimmers and was nearly close enough for people to touch, though it stayed well away from our outboard.
Pippin had a mad dash about for a while, then we went back to Talia to tidy up and rest! Later we had a BBQ on the foredeck, with Pimms, then champagne to celebrate our first night passage as well as our first extended trip. When we took Pippin ashore again in the evening, we went to the beach at the other end of the cove and meandered into town along the coastal path, before coming back for an early night.

16 July
Our rest day was spent walking into town and up to Berry Head, stopping off for a Devon cream tea on the way back. We also ran the generator for a couple of hours to recharge the batteries. In the evening we saw the seal again, though it didn’t come very close. We’ve had two days of glorious sunshine so it really feels like summer. It’s been difficult to keep up to date with the weather forecasts as Solent and Brixham coastguards are on strike until Friday morning, but for some reason Portland coastguard is still broadcasting updates a couple of times a day. Less clement weather is heading our way so tomorrow we’re heading west again towards Plymouth.