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The Hungry Sailors!

We’re going to be on telly! Look, here is a picture of us with some slebs!!

A few weeks ago we spent a couple of days doing some filming with Denhams for an ITV series called The Hungry Sailors in which father and son Dick and James Strawbridge sail around the Cornish coast, meeting local food producers and cooking meals using the ingredients they source. We took the Strawbridges out on Kensa for a couple of hours, then later in the week ate a delicious dinner cooked by them in St. Mawes featuring some of our pollack caught from Kensa only a mile or so away the day before!

The series is due to be screened on ITV sometime early next year and as soon as we know dates and times we’ll let you know!

Our launch!

What a day! So many people, so much sunshine! So much champagne…… We had an amazing time last Sunday and couldn’t have asked for a better launch day. Thank you so so much to everyone who came and helped. We’re just both slowly getting back to reality after an amazing few days of celebrating and sleeping and as soon as possible I will update the blog with the last few jobs we completed on Kensa and more about our launch day. In the meantime, you can have a look at some photos of the day here – thank you Mary for these! And thank you to Bee for this, and to Paul for the photo below!

Oh and we’re in the paper! This week’s West Briton has an article about our project and Kensa’s launch; you can read it here.

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The Launch!

Drum roll please…..! We are delighted (and mildly panicked) to announce that we will be launching our new sail and oar fishing boat from Tatum’s Beach, Portscatho at 2pm on Sunday 19th August! This year…

She is the first boat we’ve ever built and the first completely original boat design of Simon’s to be built. She’s also, to the best of our knowledge, the first new fishing boat to be built and launched in Portscatho for fifty years. So we’ve decided to call her ‘Kensa’, which is a Cornish girl’s name meaning ‘first’.

We hope our launch day will mark not only the completion of the boat build but also the start of us making a living from fishing under sail and oar. We’d love everyone to come and celebrate this with us. It’s not going to be an organised, formal occasion (we’re not very good at that!) but it will be an excellent excuse to spend the afternoon on the beach, raise a glass to our boat and her future and enjoy the sunshine…

Please feel free to print off and pass on the PDF of our launch poster here: LAUNCH DATE POSTER

Making crab pots out of willow

Over the last few years, Simon and I have both been involved in some of the activities run by Caravanserai, an arts residency project run by Annie Lovejoy and Mac Dunlop at Treloan Coastal Holidays along with the campsite owners Pete and Debs Walker. Treloan and Caravanserai have been hosts to everything from wild food foraging to poetry and fire sculpture, and we were delighted when they contacted us to see if we’d be interested in learning how to make traditional crab pots out of willow.

The workshop on Thursday was run by Greg Humphries, who patiently and enthusiastically took us through the traditional method of pot making, helping us at each stage of the process. Greg completed a postgraduate residency at Treloan in 2009, focussing on rediscovering traditional skills for a sustainable future, and learnt how to make willow crab pots a few years ago in Portloe as part of his research.

A number of MA students from University College Falmouth’s Arts and Environment course attended and we had a great day chatting about what we were doing and discussing the implications of sustainability. A friend and former Falmouth Marine School colleague of Simon’s, Rory MacPhee, was also there and we had the chance to catch up with him about his latest project which is very close in spirit to ours. Rory is a sculptor, furniture maker, maritime law expert and currach builder, and is currently using his boat to harvest seaweed in the Carrick Roads. Currachs are Irish skin on frame open boats, similar to coracles, powered by oar. Rory has been a huge help already with our project, introducing us to other people doing similar things to what we have planned and giving us extremely helpful advice, so it was great to see him again and exchange ideas.

Jude and Tony Tomlinson from Treloan Farm were kind enough to let use the willow from their withy bed and we spent the morning cutting enough withies to make three or four pots. In the end Simon and I worked on a pot together to save on time and materials, and by the evening we had a pot that was almost finished. We still need to make a base for it, the sides are in need of extra ribs and it’s somewhat large for purpose, but for a first attempt we’re really pleased. I hope that by this time next year we’ll have several neater, more accomplished willow pots to our name, as well as a few lobsters!

Thank you to Greg and everyone involved in making the day so interesting, informative and such a lot of fun! Also thank you also to Mary Pollard for her fantastic photos of the day; you can find these here. Oh, and we got a little mention in the Falmouth Packet too!