Expect to see a band of tan and white sails approaching Mousehole from Penzance Bay on the Friday of this event, as if taken from a scene created by a member of the Newlyn School of Art.
Later, see these historic vessels – both traditional and classic sailing boats – navigate the narrow 500-year-old granite harbour mouth of Mousehole, often without using their engines. Inside the much-celebrated village of Mousehole, these boats raft up and enjoy local musicians playing in the vicinity. A family atmosphere is amplified through poetry, storytelling, wood and stone carving, or just paddling at low-tide. Children often make model boats and launch them within the harbour. Enjoy local food, produce and crafts offered for sale on stalls. Take your camera!
“Once upon a time you could look down on the channel between St. Clement’s Island and Mousehole Harbour and see one of the largest Cornish fleets of luggers, heading out to their fishing grounds. Sea Salts and Sail will re-enact that scene as over forty traditional boats with similar tanned sails, leave the port, tacking back and forth inside and around the island. This festival really reveals Mousehole’s close relationship with the sea. From kids paddling at low tide, sculling races, to the harbour packed full of historic vessels, it’s when the village really comes to life. It will be a very nostalgic scene whether you are a spectator on the shore or a participant under sail – be there! The best way to arrive is by classic boat, of course – I’ll be on the 40′ lugger Barnabas.”
Toby Floyer – Skipper of lugger Barnabas, 1881 St Ives mackerel driver (Cornish Maritime Trust)