A glorious summer day for our cruise to Cardiff for lunch.
Molia in tied up in Cardiff for lunch, and Scrumpy J (Portishead boat) outside Cardiff on our way back.
99NM 0400-2230 18h30m (includes lock)
We decide to stay on the English side for a bit after Hartland Point – its a slightly longer track, but with the wind in the south, the fetch creating any waves is very small.
Rain sets in mid afternoon. It becomes heavy as we manoeuvre through the Cardiff Bay Barrage lock and the marina in Penarth. This is a difficult mooring in the dark and wet!
After two consecutive early starts, and long days; and after the heavy rain yesterday, we stayed all of Thursday in Penarth.
A really excellent dinner at the Pilot Inn.
We are in Falmouth for a few days to wait for the next crew, and for the Fastnet weather to go past!
We are joined in Portland by Jonathan for the trip west. This is his first trip on Molia.
We are in Portland for a few days because we have to go home for a night to satisfy the house insurance – and the weather!
We went to Thomas Hardy country by train – and saw his house, the local pub, and his cottage (quite a walk away).
We visited the Portland Museum in Wakeham (next to the village of Easton).
We climbed the new Portland Lighthouse. We recommend the visit and tour – there is a fantastic view from the top, and the old lamp is now on the ground floor of the tower.