So we left the Helford river and had to motor sail to get round the Lizard then had a really nice gentle sail across Mounts Bay and picked up a mooring to wait for Penzance harbour to open.
I had a job to do on a 60 footer there so we knew we would be there for a week or so.
Penzance is a commercial harbour and there are no pontoons, you have to take a chance whether you are alongside or as is more usual rafted against permanent residents.
The harbour staff are really helpful and water and electricity are available. The lock opens two hours before high water and closes one hour after. There are showers etc.
There used to be a chandlery in Newlyn but that has closed and the only place to get chandlery is Penwyth Marine, in Penzance harbour, they have a small amount of chandlery but are really a commercial engineers and supplier with a good supply of Jotun commercial paints.
Just up the hill going towards the high street in Jennings Street is ‘Roadrunner’ which is a motor factor. Engine spares and servicing parts can be bought there.
For the shopping there is a Co Op in the high street or you can catch the free bus along to Tesco’s. The bus goes from the bus station a level ten minute walk from the harbour.
If ever the weather improves we may make it to the Isles of Scilly.