25/26 April - River Exe at Turf Lock - Grid Ref. SX 965 860 - HW 21:05 RALLY CANCELLED
The Turf hotel at Turf Lock is one of very few pubs in the UK to which there is no vehicle access - if you come by car you can park in the car park about 2/3 mile to the north (EX6 8EE) and walk to the pub along the towpath of the Exeter Canal. Arriving by boat there is a pontoon at the pub which is handy to tie up to while waiting for the tide to come in but for an overnight stop we have generally moved from the pontoon to let our boats ground in or near the reeds alongside the pub grounds upstream from the pontoon. The Turf Hotel allows camping in their grounds for a modest fee, so this is one rally you can attend with a boat which does not have overnight accommodation.
18/19 July – Polkerris (or Fowey if weather is unsuitable for sea sailing) – Grid Ref. SX 093 521 – HW 16:51
Polkerris is a tiny harbour round Gribbin Head to the west of Fowey. It has some shelter from a single stone breakwater, a firm beach for landing from small craft and both a pub and cafe. Fowey is an obvious starting point for this destination. For launching at Fowey our members have generally used the Caffa Mill slipway at the north end of the town but Penmarlam on the other side of the estuary could be an alternative. There is also a slipway for light craft at Polkerris itself.
If we spend Saturday night at Polkerris then, given suitable weather, there would be a possibility to visit Mevagissey before returning to Fowey on Sunday afternoon/evening.