It is widely considered that the South Cornish coast boasts some of the best sailing waters in the world. The waters suit all abilities, from the novice to the experienced sailor.
Falmouth has one of the world’s largest natural harbours and you can spend quite some time just sailing this area and observing the daily comings and goings. On leaving the harbour you will notice the pretty village of Flushing with its brightly painted waterfront cottages. Further down at the top of Restronguet creek is the famous ‘Pandora inn’ where you can moor up and perhaps enjoy a drink or lunch whilst watching life on the water go by. At the far end of the Carrick roads you will see the beautiful wooded National Trust estate, Trelissick Gardens.
Dolphins are regularly spotted along the coastline, along with seals, which you may see sunning themselves on Black Rock at the mouth of the Carrick roads. Along the estuary/creeks you will also come across a variety of wading birdlife, including cormorants and herons.
Sailing in a Westward direction from Falmouth, the Helford estuary easily provides for an interesting day’s sailing. Helford itself is a picture postcard creekside village and Helford passage on the opposite side of the estuary has an easily accessible beach and a popular pub, the Ferryboat Inn. This area is also famous for its remaining oyster beds.
Trebah garden is situated close by and you will observe the quaint little cove at the foot of the gardens as you sail by. Just around the corner you can moor up at the bottom of Glendurgan Gardens.
A day’s sail from Falmouth lies the quaint port of Fowey. Entering Fowey by sail is a memorable experience. Beyond the narrow entrance of one cable (200 yards), lies a spectacular deepwater harbour flanked by a steep valley with Fowey to the West and Polruan to the East. Once moored up in this beautiful harbour, you can happily spend an evening on board watching the world go by.