Plymouth to Salcombe – in a Cornish Crabber.

Probably one of my best sailing days ever. We set off from Plymouth in pleasant breeze. Topsail up, washing drying on guard rails, and the glorious coast of England unfolding on our port side. Just as I was wondering about getting us an early lunch, Mary announced that we were making over 5 knots most of the time and that the helm was getting heavy. I put on a safety line, crawled f’ward and took down the topsail. The wind was only about 12 knots but we were still hurtling through the water. Took in the jib but soon realised that we would have to reef the mainsail, not an easy task in such a rolling sea. A quick lunch, still creaming along too fast for comfort so put in another reef. We continued to sail at 4 to 5 knots in quite a big sea. Reached entrance to Salcombe in record time and motored through the swarms of seemingly haphazard dinghy sailors exercising their muscles and their right of way! Moored in the bag. Joined by a seal. Mary noted wine empty.

Cornish Crabber Ros Bennet

How to follow our progress.

Throughout my journey I will be on Twitter as @rosbennet  and I will be using the hashtag #ccc. Please follow me and retweet and comment on my messages.

I also have a blog which I will try to keep up to date with pictures and comments. You can find it at

For-ethiopia will also be publishing my updates, the latest of which you can find below and an archive of  posts is available at

How you can help.

I am raising money to help fund projects in Ethiopia. You can sponsor me via my VirginMoneyGiving page:
Sponsor me on my Cornish Crabber Challenge

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