For some reason getting around Lands' End had become a bit of a mental hurdle to me. It is certainly hyped up in many of the sailing almanacs, talking about tidal gates, riptides, rocks etc, etc. But I knew it was something I had to do if I wanted to complete this challenge and it had to be soon if I wanted to take advantage of the fair weather. So off I set.
I was surprised not to see any other yachts heading the same way as me, but then it was a Monday morning and most people would be back at work after the weekend. I had plotted my route carefully, not taking any of the potentially hazardous routes, taking a wide berth around the many rocks and outcrops featured around that part of the Cornish coast.
It was only as I passed Longships lighthouse that I saw 3 other yachts and none of us were going in the same direction! Obviously this is quite a junction for passages to the Scilly Isles, Eire and those going N to S or S to N within Cornwall or further afield.
Visibility was getting worse as I rounded Lands' End itself, however I was treated to the spectacle of a helicopter landing on top of the lighthouse - I hadn’t even realised that it had a flat roof just for that purpose until it was going in to land.
|Lands' End in sight|
|Is he really going to land on there.....?|
|Setting up the tow.|
|Off we go......|
And that is what happened; the lifeboat appeared, they launched a RIB which dispatched two members of the RNLI onto Brown Eyes, a towline was set up and we went to Padstow.
|Padstow - safe and sound.|
|Brown Eyes in Padstow Harbour|