With frustration and sadness, we must announce that Bessie Ellen cannot make the voyage to Bristol this weekend. With ripped sails and a damaged stern from a rough home journey across the Biscay, the final leg is sadly no longer an option for the captain and her crew. The ship will stay in Fowey, Cornwall where it will be taken out of the water for repairs tomorrow.This comes as a great blow to all who have put so much time and effort into making this voyage possible. BUT the cargo has made it to our shores! For those of you in Bristol it will be ready for collection as planned this weekend at the Picklebristol, Underfall Boatyard . There will be music, tastings and talks to enjoy, and all of you who have pre-ordered can still collect from us there. And it will be ready for bike courier delivery in Brighton next week and following that collection from our brighton office. We will be in touch with those who have ordered early next week with details.
M'Lady Boreades didn't get where she is today without experiencing the joys of sailing that part of the world in late October. She (and TME regulars) might wonder WTF were they doing, or why they insisted on trying to sail across Biscay or round Lands End and up the Bristol Channel in late October instead of aiming straight for safer ports like Falmouth and Fowey in the first place. But hey that's the politically-correct theatre of sustainable transport (via Bristol and Brighton).
TME pedants can rest assured that M'Lady Boreades has already spotted the typo in their press release. There is no shipyard in Fowey that can take ocean-going boats out the water, the ones that can are in Polruan, on the other side of the river.