Although the OGILs ride on Wednesday had already been to St. Mawes, Robin’s suggestion to go there on Sunday was greeted with enthusiasm, and 15 of us set off via Truro Hill, Suicide Alley and Devoran. Denise, Jo and Trevano Dave had to get back early so turned around at Trelissick, while the rest of us headed down to the King Harry ferry. The crossing was as scenic as ever, in wall-to-wall sunshine and rising temperatures, followed by the long grind up the hill, luckily mostly in the shade. Onto the B3289 at the top, and after four miles we passed St Just in Roseland and joined the A3078 to St Mawes, branching off to take the road past the castle. The view was stunning, made even better as it was the Working Boats World Championship, and they were racing. Falmouth Working Boats only occur in ports around the Fal Esturary – with possibly a few in Fowey – so this yearly event really is a ‘world championship’. Each boat has a unique and colourful design on her topsail, so they are easy to identify. We stopped for photos, then carried on down the hill, squeezing past huge cars on the narrow roads, and into the village for coffee and cakes at the cafe under the St Mawes Sailing Club. Very reasonable prices, despite being in posh St Mawes, and friendly service from the staff who had to put up with very hot working conditions. Unlike last week’s OGIL ride, we had no complaints about the food – but then maybe it was a different cafe?!
Then it was back the way we came, with Robin and co diverting to the Roseland Inn, and four of us stopping at Trelissick for icecream. A great (hot!) ride in beautiful sunshine for Robin, Ian, Phil C, Phil 4, Ben, Dave G, Neil, Richard, Andrew, Sheila, Denise, Jo, Jenny from NZ, Sonjia and myself. 35 miles for me.