Today has been pretty near perfect. First thing this morning I took the dinghy to the floating pontoon for water and to dispose of rubbish. I also bought butter and apple juice. Things worked out nicely to have the anchor up at 1015 and to be away for the ebb towards Start Point, seven nautical miles, roughly on a course of 220 degrees compass. Three tacks brought us to Start, where the wind petered out. The tide swished ‘Ladybird’ around the rocks at 5 knots. From there on it was an engine job to Salcombe. Prawle Point always looks a bit forbidding, even on a fine day, but there was reassurance because the flag was flying at the Coastguard lookout. I found the nicest place to anchor at Salcombe off a small sandy beach across the river from the public jetty. The Harbour Master charged me £5.40 for the night, and he gave me two tokens for the showers at the Yacht Club. Maybe I looked as though I could do with a good wash?