Posted 19 March 2019 by Beverley Fuller
There are plenty of boatyards, anchorages, sailing clubs and watersports facilities on the Roseland Peninsula, so whatever your level of ability, with or without your own equipment, travelling solo or in a group, there are plenty of ways to get on (or in) the water.
St Mawes Sailing Club has racing twice a week throughout the summer season. From crewing opportunities to lessons - they run a really good RYA programme for juniors – there's always lots going on. St Mawes Regatta is great fun to take part in or to watch, with plenty of shore-based activities for all the family. Falmouth Week is the highlight of the sailing season in this part of South Cornwall.
The Roseland is brilliant for windsurfing, with good 'clean' winds. Direction may depend on time of year and which beach you choose, so there's plenty of choice. Roseland Paddle & Sail, based at Percuil near Portscatho, offers tuition up to RYA Level 2 and equipment hire, with a popular junior club at weekends – but wherever you're staying, there's sure to be windsurfing facilities nearby.
Diving and snorkelling
The area around Falmouth is one of the UK's top diving locations, with wrecks, reefs and clear waters all year round. PADI dive centres for scuba lessons and equipment hire are easy to find in South Cornwall. Snorkelling from the Roseland beaches and coves is great too. The Gulf Stream warms the waters to make ideal habitats for great sights such as octopus, cuttlefish, wrasse, anemones, sea fans and plenty more.
Canoes and kayaks
A great way to explore the coastline and river inlets, get fit and relax at the same time (yes, it is possible!) and visit many of the Roseland's beaches and coves. Bring your own or hire from one of the many outlets, including Loe Beach Watersports and St Mawes Kayaks. Lessons, guided trips or self-guided hire are easy to find in this idyllic part of South Cornwall.
You can surf on the Roseland – it isn't really prime surfing territory but an east wind at Pendower, for instance, can be great fun (watch out for currents though). For serious waves we recommend a scenic drive up to the North Cornwall surfing beaches with lifeguards, such as Perranporth.