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power they had amassed. For several miles the mate stood with his face towards the following sea, and watched carefully the interesting manner in which wave after wave would advance, only to be cleft in half and die away astern. The principal reason which had actuated us in adopting the experiment was, originally, not so much in order to make the yacht more comfortable in a sea-way, as to prevent the dinghy from charging down on us. But in practice the warp out astern succeeded in doing both, and we were not a little pleased. Punching to windward and crashing through the spray came a Brixham trawler. As she stood on the port tack close in-shore we should have to give way presently unless she went about. To gybe in that wind and sea was not a proceeding that we looked forward to, and we began to shorten in the sheet in readiness; but at the last moment, happily, the trawler went about on the other tack. She looked magnificent with her tanned sails against the green waves and the white spray splashing about her bows. At length we opened up Bolt Head and the entrance to Salcombe Harbour, and got the staysail down in readiness for a beat up between the high land. Although we had as much as three reefs rolled in the mainsail by this time, yet as soon as we came on a wind we found that we could not have set much more than we already had up. As is usually the case in respect to rivers, especially between high banks, the wind, which outside was nearly parallel to the shore, was now blowing right out of Salcombe, and we had a period of nasty squally tacking, in which the wind would come down from the high hills in weighty puffs and fluke for several points of the compass. Round we would go on the other tack, with the jib sheet thrashing and getting fo ul of the capstan. A calm

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would follow, and we made a bit by luffing up, only to have another squall. Once-and this is the only occasion since I have had Vivette-she heeled over to a sudden blast until the water came up to the cabin-top, but at last with the young flood just making we got in between the bar and the western shore, and dropped anchor in our old spot abreast of the town. The next morning, finding that our present anchorage off Salcombe town was somewhat lively, and that there was every prospect of the weather going from bad to worse, we ran round the point farther up the river and made fast to a buoy in the snuggest of little bays, locally known as "The Bag," with hills on either side of us, and a glorious panorama of scenery on which to gaze. Nothing mattered here. We were near to the shore for getting supplies, and the wind could blow as hard as it willed without inconveniencing us a moment. Presently several other craft, finding the first anchorage not pleasant, ran round also and kept us company. D

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