At first glance Fowey can seem like quite an un-child friendly place to visit, with it’s steep hills, narrow streets and adult orientated shops but on closer inspection there is actually quite a lot of things to see and do with little ones. Continue reading “Child Friendly Sailing in Fowey Cornwall”
Recently we were looking after our nephew and nieces while their parents were away celebrating their wedding anniversary. To break up the weekend we thought we try a day and night on the boat with them all to see how we got on. Continue reading “One Boat, 5 Kids and a Puppy”
August Bank Holiday
For the August bank holiday weekend Phil took the Friday off as well as the Monday so that we’d have an extra long weekend with the intention of sailing down to Fowey, however as always the weather wasn’t in our favour, both in terms of the wind direction and the rain, so we decided on a shorter journey over to the Yealm. Continue reading “A Social Sailing Weekend”
One of our favourite harbours to visit with the kids in Devon is the river Yealm. It’s not one of the easiest harbours to get into and it does require a certain level of skill due to that pesky sandbar but once you get in it’s so worth it! Continue reading “Child Friendly Sailing in the River Yealm”
Since we started blogging about our adventures on the water we have come across lots of great family sailing blogs. I personally find it comforting to know that their are other families out there that sail with their kids. It’s also a great way to live out our fantasy through others about selling up and sailing off around the world. One day, someday! Continue reading “Family Sailing Blogs”
River Yealm to Fowey
On day 6 we got up early and headed for Fowey and guess what… we got the sails up at last! Continue reading “Summer Sailing Holiday 2015 – Day Six”
Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers
Originally the plan was to leave the Yealm early in the morning and head straight to Fowey but the wind wasn’t in our favour so we decided to stay another night which actually worked out quite well as it meant that we had a nice relaxed day. Continue reading “Summer Sailing Holiday 2015 – Day Five”
It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I have packed for us to go away for a weeks sailing I always seem to forget something and every time I start packing I think ‘I wish I had a list of everything I need!’ So today I’m going to write that list. Continue reading “What to Pack for a Week of Sailing with Kids?”
This weekend we bought our new sailing boat in Falmouth, Cornwall. Meet Oblivion! She’s an Ohlson 35. Continue reading “A Mission by Sea from Falmouth to Saltash”
This bank holiday weekend we had our first boating trip of the season. It was touch and go on whether we were actually going to make it as the weather was pretty appalling! However we decided not to let the rain stop us and armed with our waterproofs and wellies we set off.
We decided to stay local as it was our first trip out since all of the renovations and repairs that Phil made over the Winter months. We also didn’t want to get stuck somewhere to far away and not be able to get back in time. It was also Charlie’s (our puppy) first ever experience of travelling on a boat and we weren’t 100% sure how he would react to it.
We needn’t have worried though as he appeared to really enjoy it!
As we didn’t get to the boat until after school on the Friday we decided to spend the first night on the pontoon at the sailing club. We had dinner in the club and then after we put the kiddies to bed we had some wine and relaxed.
In the morning Phil cooked us a fry up on our brand new cooker! It worked really well and was much easier to use than the last one we had so definitely worth the money. We are hoping to do a lot more cooking onboard this year.
After breakfast we left the boat on the pontoon and walked up into Saltash for supplies and to give the dog a run before our 1 and 1/2 hour journey up to Calstock. In Saltash we visited the local community market and bought some fresh apple juice and a few buns for lunch.
Once we were back onboard and the tide was right we made our way up to Calstock where we planned to get a visitor mooring for the night just off of the town key. Calstock is one of my favourite places to go on the boat as it has a lovely village green area outside the pub with a fantastic play area for the children. The adults can sit and have a drink while the kiddies let off some steam on the pirate ship. It’s a win, win situation.
That evening we had supper in the Tamar Inn. I had a really tasty steak and ale pie and wine of course!
The kiddies had scampi and chips followed by ice cream…
It was pretty windy in the night so I didn’t sleep very well but everyone else seemed to be okay, even Charlie!
It was an early start in the morning as we had to make our way back to Saltash with the tide at 6am. The kiddies stayed asleep as did the puppy pretty much until we neared Saltash when they decided it was breakfast time!
We were back on our mooring by 9am and ready to head home to stay with family for the Sunday night. In all it was a good first trip of the season despite the weather. We are just hoping and praying for good weather for the half term when we plan to go away for the whole week.