RYA Day Skipper – crawling before we run (part the two)

In part zero and one I explained why you would find us in the UK in May-June. The UK, in this case, means the Cornish town of Falmouth. Falmouth has the third deepest natural harbour in the world and the deepest in Western Europe. It’s name is also derived from the river Fal. It is claimed that an earlier Celtic name for the place was Peny-cwm-cuic (which translates as ‘head of the creek’) which is anglicised as “Pennycomequick”. Isn’t language fun!
While we didn’t get to see it, there is lots to see that is more than 50 years old which is the average age of most things in Australia. For example, at the entrance to the Carrick Roads, Pendennis Castle was strengthened to resist the Spanish Armada and was the second to last fort to surrender to the Parliamentary Army in the English civil war. Hmm….
Cornish Cruising do numerous RYA courses and, run by Nick, we had two fantastic teachers in Phil and Bob, and were joined by local lad Jack who already knew the area better than most since he was on the water since he was four years old and his father ran a local boat charter and fishing business!
Here are a set of photos from the four days of course. We didn’t get any chance to look around on land much as the course often went until 7 or 8 at night.