Saturday, February 04, 2012

Cruise of the ‘Aziz’ a Pioneer 9 Part 18

'Lord Nelson'

I had a peaceful night at anchor off Cawsands, to the west of Plymouth Sound. Early on the morning of Thursday, 21st August the training ship, ‘Lord Nelson’ anchored nearby. She was commissioned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust for disabled people to sail. (See link below) Shortly after her arrival the ‘Royal Viking’ cruise ship entered the Sound via the western entrance and anchored at Jennycliff Bay.

'Royal Viking'

We were underway at 0715, and as there was hardly any wind we motor-sailed to Queen Anne’s Battery Marina at Plymouth where I fiddled around with the engine and fitted a brand new belt for the dynamo.

A little schooner at Queen Anne's Battery Marina

A friend joined ship on the morning of Saturday, 23rd August for a sail to Paignton. The wind was from the southwest – ideal for a good day’s sail. At one time ‘Aziz’ clocked a speed of 6.5 knots, but her average was only 2.4 knots. We anchored off Paignton harbour at 1655, having sailed 24 miles.

That stretch of coast is very fine when viewed from the sea. The spectator is treated to a panorama of well-cared for arable and grazing land, hamlets, rolling hills beyond Bigbury Bay; cliffs either side of Salcombe – Bolt Head and Prawle Point – then Start Point, high land at Dartmouth, and finally Berry Head, the noble guardian of Torbay, protector of Brixham. From there to the northwest is Paignton, in the lee of Roundham Head.

I ferried my friend to the beach and said farewell, but when I arrived back at the yacht I found his rucksack. The two were reunited after I rowed to the beach, and for a second time I said farewell. Since the weather was settled, I stayed put at anchor for the night.

Text for the Day

Philippians 4:8 ‘Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.’


Jubilee Sailing Trust – ‘Lord Nelson’

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