On Wednesday, after months of very hard work, my wonderful friend Ffion, of Queen of the Sky fame, launched herself into a new venture. Ffion has worked the waters off the coast of Pembrokeshire all her adult life. She loves them with a passion, and loves to bring others to a better understanding and appreciation of the wealth of wildlife we in Britain have on our doorstep, from seals to spider crabs, jellyfish to whales.
It’s not been an easy journey, with so many decisions to be made, including the company name, although for me this seemed obvious. Falcon Boats, after that lucky day when Ffi picked up a sick peregrine from the waters at the back of Ramsey Island. Peregrines, the fastest bird in the sky, sleek and streamlined, beautiful, wildly wicked. So, after going around in circles Falcon Boats it is, and on Wednesday I was lucky enough to be able to down tools and head out with Ffi and Hannah for the launch of the Atlantic Storm, the first of Ffion’s boats.
It was the first time the boat had been on the water for a year, so there was engine testing in the harbour and alarms and excitement. Blue Ocean Adventures were also launching their boat and Mike stood off the harbour for a while incase of any problems. But all was well and we headed out into the beautiful waters and across the Sound where the blowhole as making astonishing sea music and throwing up rainbows like sea spirits.
Hannah is crewing for Ffion. There’s something about watching your child competently working, fuelling up a boat, checking things over, that’s just wonderful. And best of all was to see the smile on Ffion’s face. Back behind the wheel of a boat, in her element.
Pete will be handling the slip work and shore work and filling in for Hannah when she takes days off. The logo, which was mostly designed by Hannah looks great on the boat.
The aim of the trip that day was to get the boat on the water, test the engines and moor her round at St Justinians, ready for work. Ffion was still waiting for the seat pads to arrive, and they came just in time for the first trip, yesterday. And how wonderful that on that first trip one of the things they should see was a beautiful peregrine falcon. Surely a sign of good things to come.
You can book by calling Falcon Boats, or online from their website. Obviously all trips are weather dependant. The boat takes 12 passengers so can also be booked for groups, and Ffion is up for doing bespoke trips on request. I am working on her doing early morning breakfast trips with coffee and pain au chocolate and also evening supper trips with shearwaters and supper. There will also be trips for writer’s, photographers and artists, where there is more of a chance to linger, watch and really get time to experience life on the water.
Meanwhile we still have a few places on the book launch trips. Have a look here for details. This is to celebrate the re-launch of The Seal Children and will involve a trip across to Ramsey and then around to the seaward side of Maes y Mynydd where The Seal Children is set, so we will be in the element of The Selkie. Later there will be a talk and supper at Solva Woollen Mill. Booking for this is essential and there are limited places available for the boat trip.