Chart showing route from Sennen Cove (just north of Land's End) to St Michael's Mount.
1 - The route took PicoMicroYacht inbetween Land's End and the Longships rocks, very close to Kettle's Rocks as semi-submerged reef that has sunk many ships. The atlantic waves are coming from the west (left) and will criss-cross any local waves. Adding to this, the loss of depth as the waves close in on the shore and the tides bifurcating as they traverse round the tip of Cornwall means there can be a very confused sea even with slight winds. 2 - It is necessary to go round the Runnel Stone buoy to avoid both a reef (The Runnel Stone) and rough water or a race off the most southerly tip of Cornwall. After that things get easier (3-4) as the coastline gets closer you entered the more sheltered water of Penanze bay to reach St Michael's Mount. On this trip, PicoMicroYacht did not stop off at Mousehole.
A calm start to the day off Sennen Cove - the rocky foreshore is covered at high tide
and the waves break on these rocks
When launching PicoMicroYacht I was helped by a group of funder raisers and supporters who were running round the Cornish Coastal Path in aid of a local UK charity called CASPA which helps children with autism and their families.
Quickly I was off, rowing down the Tribbens, a narrow channel between some rocks and the shore, feeling my way along trying to find the right line to avoid the worse of the turbulence. I had chosen the best time to use the channel, high tide.
I became aware of the noise of a ship and looked round to see a large catamaran motoring towards me with sails up. I altered course to signal I was manoeuvring out of the way, following collision regulations. But the catamaran kept alterning course as if not seeing me. So I turned 90 degrees and rowed hard to make sure I was clear and in doing so I was seen.
The catamaran heading off past Land's End on the right with Cape Cornwall in the distance,
I headed the for the Runnel Stone buoy, which marks the passage avoiding a hazardous rock pinacle off Gwennap Head. As I drew near I heard a bell clanging and a moaning noise. The buoy is fitted with a bell that sounds with wave movement and also with a whistle set in a tube, which makes the moaning noise whenever there is a good swell. The doleful atmosphere it created contrasted with the bright blue sky.