Afloat on the Fal (or eight women and four men in a boat)

The morning of Thursday, June 27th was bright, sunny and warm – surely a perfect day for a boat trip on the glorious Fal and Helford rivers…


Val, Anne, Yvonne and Stef look forward to a balmy cruise…

And yet, by 4 p.m. when we assembled at the Prince of Wales pier in Falmouth, the wind was whipping up, the sky had clouded over ominously and the first drops of rain were falling. Our boat, the MV Princessa, was half an hour late, then – Tardis-like – proceeded to disgorge a seemingly endless number of passengers, some of whom muttered encouragement along the lines of “Bloody freezing out there!” and “Good luck! You’ll need it.”  Still, nothing less than intrepid, we boarded along with only half a dozen others and found ourselves with acres of space, an open bar, and generally improving weather.

We then enjoyed a leisurely cruise from Falmouth harbour, out past St. Mawes and Pendennis castles, past Gyllyngvase and Glendurgan to Helford and Frenchman’s Creek.  Along the way, we had a useful commentary from the helmsman/guide and some of us were even honoured with a cuddle from the ship’s dog. Everyone enjoyed the short voyage, fortunately even Ann M, who confessed to usually feeling seasick every time she stepped on a boat (duh!). Moreover, by the time we arrived back in Falmouth, the mist and drizzle had cleared, and the sky was promising a pleasant evening.

Many thanks to Stef for organising the trip. Next time, some white water rafting, eh?

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