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Old 24 May 2018, 08:35   #1
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Sibbing in Fowey.

We're off to Fowey for two weeks mid June and wondered if anyone local or who knows the area has any tips...

Places to eat... or not to eat... non-boating attractions to visit... boating beaches/places to visit within easy sibbing distance (holiday remember, not an expedition) etc.

We have sorted out launching (Caffa Mill) and will be moored all week on the Fowey side, have the harbour licence, car park month's pass and sorted where we'll supermarket shop.

Any extra info appreciated.
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Old 25 May 2018, 09:48   #2
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I’m not big on thread bumping but perhaps some folks with a raft of Fowey info missed this first time?
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Old 25 May 2018, 11:18   #3
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I've stopped in Fowey several times in the sailing yacht, and have always found the Fowey Gallants Sailing Club to be very friendly. Has a nice bar overlooking the river, the food was simple but reasonably priced, has showers, etc.

We've explored partly up the river past the china clay port, but in a SIB presumably you might make it all the way to Lostwithiel?

I don't know what you consider easy subbing distance, but I'd certainly be exploring up all the creeks in Fowey, and the coves at the harbour entrance with the castle, etc.

Polridmouth Cove and Lantic Bay just outside the harbour I've sailed past but never stopped in either, ideal to visit in a SIB I guess? Is Polperro or Mevagissey too far? I've always wanted to stop at those in the sailing yacht, but never quite gone past at the right time of tide yet to dry out in the little harbours there.
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Hi Fenlander Lantic bay, or if you want some real peace and quiet go to the small beach in the next bay round-or go the other way to Polridmouth. There's quite a nice small beach at the harbour mouth when the tide is out, but be aware it's no swimming.

Fishing on Udder Rock isn't bad either-or look for the gaggle of private fishing boats a mile or so outside the harbour and drop a frozen sandeel to the bottom (It'll be about 100' deep) to pull in some rather nice Whiting.

Charlestown is worth a visit.

Try the cafe up at Mixtow Pill on weekend evenings-or daytimes during the week. You may have to book for the evenings as they get busy.

The open fronted chippy in Looe is well worth a visit too.
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Old 25 May 2018, 17:43   #5
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Thanks guys.

I guess Gorran Haven to the West and Looe to the East would likely to be our range of operation... either is about an hour back to Fowey at displacement/just planning speeds if the weather turns. Given we always need to be "home in time for tea" or thereabouts that's a safe and sensible range for holidaying.

Fowey entrance looks mild in most weathers so home is a safe haven.... unlike Teignmouth entrance last year where nearly home could be the challenging part.

Fowey Gallants looks good for eating but not sure they would sign us in with a PVC inflatable and OB!

Lantic and Polridmouth look good for a sib visit.

We are staying near the Fowey side of the Bodinnick ferry so Mixtow Pill is minutes away by SIB... do you mean portacabin style Quay Café at the bottom of the boat park?
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Friend of mine moved to Gorran Haven a couple of years ago.
Small village, couple of eateries & shops with sandy bay which is the harbour.
Village website: Gorran Haven | A true 'haven' on the South coast of Cornwall
I've not taken a boat into it & neither has he although he has a very nice Norfolk Gypsy which he keeps at Pascos boatyard, Falmouth.
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Fenlander - you might be surprised at Fowey Gallants, I've visited a few times for various things, and they seem super friendly towards any form of boater. They do lots of dinghy sailing, kayaking, etc., so well setup for smaller boaters, and as far as I can work out, happy to help any visiting boaters.

The Royal Fowey YC at the other end of town has the slightly snootier Yacht Club reputation, and might not be quite as used to a damp SIBster turning up at the front door.

I'm sure you'll have a great time down there, I love it along that part of the coast.
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Given half decent conditions then Mevagissey is well within reach in an Aerotec and has a good sheltered harbour.

Up river to Lostwithiel or Leryn is a very good sheltered scenic trip, but watch the tides as it does get very shallow!
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>>>watch the tides as it does get very shallow!

Yep in fact I hate shallow water & mud. Only takes the slightest change in the tide to get the skeg dug in and ultimately someone getting out to lighten the load and push. Happier on larger craft that are designed to take the ground in that circumstance as you can at least wait it out with "facilities".

Mevagissey looks good if only for a scenic image.
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I launch my rib out of Gorran Haven. Safe visit on anything but an Easterly wind. 20 -25 minutes from Fowey at 20 mph. The Gwineas rock a mile off Gorran has a colony of seals, worth a look but approach from the North side.

Lostwithiel and Lerryn are great on a bigger rising tide. Just keep an eye out for the channel as you get further up.
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