The 2012 Season
As the season here at Nearwater draws to a close and reflect on the rather too wet 2012 season. I realise a lot has happened this summer despite the weather.
The season kicked off with Classic Car Festival. Seventeen classic cars came down to Cornwall for three days in early May, the theme this year being Cornish Art and Sculpture. We travelled all over [ibimage==1641==1_small==none==self==ibimage_align_left]Cornwall and took in The Leach Pottery and Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives as well as the wonderful (but not well publicised) garden of Tregrehan in St Austell.
The 3 days finished off with a Concours D'Elegance competition on the Quay where the festival cars were joined by some local classic cars. The overall winner was a Ferrari Panamerica (owned by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd fame). The dates of next year’s car festival are 6th to 10th May and the Theme will be “The very best of Cornwall’s Food and Drink”
Food at Nearwater: We launched a new breakfast special of Spanish Eggs (fried chorizo, fried eggs and coriander). We also added pumpkin seeds to improve the ever popular Granola recipe. With new owners of the St Mawes butcher we developed a special honey flavoured recipe for our sausages and a local farm supplier for our bacon.
Nearwater Events launched 2 new events an Around the Roseland Adventure Race [ibimage==1643==1_small==none==self==ibimage_align_left](kayaking/running/cycling/running) and an Open Water swim of 3 miles down a local creek. Both events attracted over 50 entrants (2 competitors for the adventure race came all the way from Austria) and will be run again next year. See www.nearwaterevents.co.uk for more details.
On The Water: There was plenty going on first we had Ben Ainslie down competing in the Finn Worlds, [ibimage==1642==1_small==none==self==ibimage_align_left]which he won far more easily than the Olympic gold a few weeks latter. Next the J-boats had a regatta followed by The Pendennis Cup (a regatta for super yachts). While watching we bumped into a very nice man from Yachting World and as a result the B&B now has a free subscription to their magazine.
In June I disappeared for a week to race in the 3 Peaks Yacht Race from Barmouth in Wales to Fort William in Scotland, the added complication that 2 members of the team had to [ibimage==1640==1_small==none==self==ibimage_align_left]climb Snowdon, Scarfell Pike(I climbed this one) and Ben Nevis on the way. We finished in a very creditable 5 days, unfortunately all the other boats did it slightly quicker!
Amelia and I competed in Falmouth Week in our Shrimper Puffin. In the first race we had our best ever result, a fifth. However this was to be our high point and we ended the week 10th out of 17 (it could have been worse).
The Olympics may have all happened a long way from St Mawes but in early September nearly all the medal winners in the womens rowing team came to St Mawes to race in the local gigs. After the racing the girls signed autographs and chatted with us locals as they took some well earned refreshment at The Rising Sun
On 23rd September we had the 3rd running of the Nearwater St Mawes Triathlon. The weather was truly terrible with winds gusting at 40mph and driving rain. However most competitors managed to finish the race with only a few having to be treated for mild hypothermia.
For now thoughts to our winter maintenance and improvement programme.