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Eda Frandsen - Cornwall, Scillies & Brittany 2019

Eda Frandsen heads home to Cornwall in the winter, allowing great Cornish season spending Spring and Autumn sailing Cornish Waters

Cornwall in the Spring and Autumn 2019

The owners of Eda  have made their home in Penryn, Cornwall so this well known gaff cutter stays here over winter and the crew refit her for a fresh new season.

In Spring the emphasis is on short weekend breaks around South Cornwall. There are a quite a few West Country based vessels starting their season too so its a good excuse for a romp about with pilot cutters like Agnes, sailing lugger Grayhound or West Country Traders like Irene.

After Easter each year Eda sets off on a great passage making journey to her other 'home port' of Mallaig in NW Scotland. May to September she is roaming the Highlands and Islands with charter guests on 6 and 9 day voyages

In early September Eda Frandsen leaves her Scottish sailing grounds and migrates South for Cornwall for a late summer into autumn season. Whilst the temperatures are warmer than Mallaig, and Indian summers here can be gorgeous, this can be still be quite a wild place as Lands End and the Isles of Scilly reach out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Regular gig racing on Scilly
Weekly gig racing on Scilly

South Cornwall for Sailing Breaks on Eda 2019

Whilst North Cornwall offers your typical crashing waves Poldark scenery, ideal for surfers and mining landscape enthusiasts, South Cornwall is for sailors.  Wide sweeping bays, and several drowned river valleys create a mix of open and sheltered sailing. There are more seaside towns and the historic ports house substantial communities. The Isles of Scilly are simply unique.

The granite cliffs of West Penwith protect Mounts Bay from the North West and the Lizard Peninsula cuts down some of the ocean swell and creates a varied sailing ground to explore around Falmouth Bay. Small fishing villages nestle in every sheltered bay or river from Cadgwith to Cawsand and there are plenty of anchorages where you can be the only boat.

Cornwall is windy, one of the sunniest regions of Britain, un polluted, the seas are unbelievably blue. There are plenty of headlands to aim for, creeks to navigate, picturesque ports small stone quaysides to discover.  

There is a long tradition of boat building, seafaring, fishing and world exploration from Cornish shores. World renowned chefs have made their home here and we can row to some great waterside pubs without a streetlight in sight. 

Eda Frandsen gaff cutter in Cornwall. St Mawes Castle
Photo by Alex Arthur. Eda Frandsen passing St Mawes Castle

Isles of Scilly or Brittany - Autumn 2019

In Autumn the 6 day voyages on Eda Frandsen are a bit of a magical mystery tour, to make best use of the wide range of wind, sea state and weather conditions. In a Westerly wind Eda might cross the Channel to North Brittany, but if she can get any good sailing angle to reach the Isles of Scilly then you can enjoy the delights of islands like St Agnes, St Martin,Tresco or Bryher at a time when there are few tourists around. If a major depression is sweeping in, then it can be just as much fun to enjoy some spirited sailing along the South Cornwall Coast.

Cook Chloe comes from the Isles of Scilly, so the Eda crew are always thrilled to show you around. Beach combing on dazzling white sand beaches, sailing past rocky reefs with seals hauled out, sunsets over the Atlantic ocean, great pubs like the Turks Head and local gig boat racing are many of the attractions for sailors.

A well known shanty sings "From Ushant to Scilly is 35 leagues". As a former Danish fishing boat, Eda is a superb offshore sailor so a trip to Brittany could be an option one a 6 day Autumn voyage. L'Aberwrach, The Isle of Ushant, Cameret or Brest are possible, or slightly further East to Tregieur, Isle de Brehat or Morlaix.

New Grimsby Sound and Cromwell's Castle from Bryher
New Grimsby Sound and Cromwell's Castle from Bryher

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