Luggers brave Lands End to support St Ives event
TWO classic Cornish luggers braved the threat of force seven gales to round Lands End to attend an annual maritime heritage event in St Ives.
The Barnabas, which was launched off Porthgwidden Beach back in 1881, was sailed by Adam Kerr and crew whilst the 20ft Celia Elizabeth, built by students of the Falmouth Marine School in 2007, was crewed by Capt Peter Morgan and members of the St Ives Jumbo Association.
Despite lumpy seas the predicted wind barely got up enough to see the two classic boats around the treacherous headland and the forecast heavy rain fell on the land.
As a result the St Ives jumbo – a replica of the unique St Ives fishing boats – was able to sail as far west as it ever had to meet the two luggers off Pendeen as the tide turned.
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The next morning a ground sea kept the smaller boats in the harbour leaving Barnabas to show off in the bay but by mid-afternoon she was joined by both jumbos, the Celia Elizabeth, Zephyr sailed by Scott Browning and Rupert Manley’s picarooner.
Andy Smith, chairman of the Jumbo Association, said: "The number of boats may have been down on last year but this was more than compensated for by the interest ashore."
The association’s stall raised more than £200 and four nww members joined, he said.
At least a dozen people alsp had their first experience of sailing a jumbo whilst jumbo members also had the opportunity of sailing on Barnabas.
Nathan de Rozarieux, secretary of the St.Ives Fishermen's Association, who took part in the ‘scullying’ race, said: "It's fantastic to see the old luggers here to remind us of how things used to be and we're grateful to have been spurred on to have a go at scullying."
Andy Smith said, "We are delighted to be embracing other harbour-users in our activities."