China Girl, UK Circumnavigation - Year 1

Vessel Name: China Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Ann and Steve Crome
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21 September 2019 | Bangor
20 September 2019 | Porth Dinorwic Marina
16 September 2019 | Rhosneigr
16 September 2019 | Rhosneigr
16 September 2019 | Holyhead
14 September 2019 | Dulas Bay, Anglesea
13 September 2019 | Moelfre
02 September 2019 | Delaney Marina
27 August 2019 | Porth Dinllaen
27 August 2019 | Aberysthwyth
24 August 2019 | New Quay
24 August 2019 | Old Fishguard
23 August 2019 | Skoma North Haven
21 August 2019 | Dale
15 August 2019 | Milford Haven
15 August 2019 | Milford Haven
13 August 2019 | Tenby
09 August 2019 | Swansea marina.
06 August 2019
Recent Blog Posts
21 September 2019 | Bangor

Swellies conquered again

Quick motor from Porth Dinorwic marina to a buoy off Bangor this afternoon through the Swellies, this time with Ann on he helm. Wind is rather gusty but we are attached to the buoy by a substantial chain so we should be ok. Pjoto shis Bangor from the boat in the late afternoon sun. Supposed to be going to Liverpool tomorrow but the forecast is tor torrential rain. May sit it out here and go Monday.

20 September 2019 | Porth Dinorwic Marina

Porth Dinorwic

What fantastic weather!!! Legs out, maybe for the last time this year. We are in Porth Dinorwic marina, which is beautiful. Photo shows the view from the stern in the late afternoon sunshine. Went last night for dinner at the Garddfon Inn, THE place to go apparently and could not get table, so lots of [...]

16 September 2019 | Rhosneigr

What is that smell?

So here we are, sat at anchor in Rhosneigr,, anchor in sand (at the second attempt after giving up on Rhoscolyn which is all rock and weed)

16 September 2019 | Rhosneigr

What is that smell?

So here we are, sat at anchor in Rhosneigr,, anchor in sand (at the second attempt after giving up on Rhoscolyn which is all rock and weed)

16 September 2019 | Holyhead

Holyhead

Just under 5 h from Dulas Bay to Holyhead. Holyhead marina was destroyed in a massive storm last year (or year before). Photo shows the remains of the fuel berth. So all there is at the moment is a single short pontoon. Off to Rhoscolyn on the west coast of Anglesea in an hour or so. Only 12 miles, so a short hop.

14 September 2019 | Dulas Bay, Anglesea

A day of ups and downs.

After a wander around a really pretty village we set off from Moelfre for a short hop to Cemaus Bay. With 3 kts of tide pushing us along and the wind on the beam I noted 10.3 kts OTG at one point, amazing. Then we arrived at Cemaus and the day went downhill. Despite 6 attempts we could not get the anchor to bite and we gave up. Backtracking a couple of miles to Porth Wen we tried again with the same result. So another 7 miles back on ourselves and here we are in Dulas Bay, only 2 miles from where we started despite 25 miles travelled. So now we cannot get to our target of Rhoscolyn tomorrow and are going to Holyhead, which by most comments send is a dump. That's sailing for you.

Swellies conquered again

21 September 2019 | Bangor
Ann and Steve Crome
Quick motor from Porth Dinorwic marina to a buoy off Bangor this afternoon through the Swellies, this time with Ann on he helm. Wind is rather gusty but we are attached to the buoy by a substantial chain so we should be ok. Pjoto shis Bangor from the boat in the late afternoon sun. Supposed to be going to Liverpool tomorrow but the forecast is tor torrential rain. May sit it out here and go Monday.

Porth Dinorwic

20 September 2019 | Porth Dinorwic Marina
Ann and Steve Crome | Hot and sunny!
What fantastic weather!!! Legs out, maybe for the last time this year. We are in Porth Dinorwic marina, which is beautiful. Photo shows the view from the stern in the late afternoon sunshine. Went last night for dinner at the Garddfon Inn, THE place to go apparently and could not get table, so lots of people think so. Went to La Marina which is essentially a tapas restaurant. Brilliant. Glad the Garddfon was full.
Anchoring off Beaumaris/Bangor tomorrow night so we can get an early start to get up to Liverpool on Sunday. About 50 miles, long day.

What is that smell?

16 September 2019 | Rhosneigr
Ann and Steve Crome
So here we are, sat at anchor in Rhosneigr,, anchor in sand (at the second attempt after giving up on Rhoscolyn which is all rock and weed)
Sunny afternoon so we sitting in the cockpit and Steve is thinking what is that funny smell? The engine is off and it's not diesel anyway. We are about 2 miles from RAF Valley and the fighters are flying circuits and bumps (don't know my fighters, maybe typhoons? Anybody advise). Then it clicked, we are downwind and the smell is avgas! Photo shows a fighter jet if you have good eyesight; it's in there somewhere. Plans for tomorrow await weather forecast.

What is that smell?

16 September 2019 | Rhosneigr
Ann and Steve Crome
So here we are, sat at anchor in Rhosneigr,, anchor in sand (at the second attempt after giving up on Rhoscolyn which is all rock and weed)
Sunny afternoon so we sitting in the cockpit and Steve is thinking what is that funny smell? The engine is off and it's not diesel anyway. We are about 2 miles from RAF Valley and the fighters are flying circuits and bumps (don't know my fighters, maybe typhoons? Anybody advise). Then it clicked, we are downwind and the smell is avgas! Plans for tomorrow await weather forecast.

Holyhead

16 September 2019 | Holyhead
Ann and Steve Crome
Just under 5 h from Dulas Bay to Holyhead. Holyhead marina was destroyed in a massive storm last year (or year before). Photo shows the remains of the fuel berth. So all there is at the moment is a single short pontoon. Off to Rhoscolyn on the west coast of Anglesea in an hour or so. Only 12 miles, so a short hop.

A day of ups and downs.

14 September 2019 | Dulas Bay, Anglesea
Ann and Steve Crome
After a wander around a really pretty village we set off from Moelfre for a short hop to Cemaus Bay. With 3 kts of tide pushing us along and the wind on the beam I noted 10.3 kts OTG at one point, amazing. Then we arrived at Cemaus and the day went downhill. Despite 6 attempts we could not get the anchor to bite and we gave up. Backtracking a couple of miles to Porth Wen we tried again with the same result. So another 7 miles back on ourselves and here we are in Dulas Bay, only 2 miles from where we started despite 25 miles travelled. So now we cannot get to our target of Rhoscolyn tomorrow and are going to Holyhead, which by most comments send is a dump. That's sailing for you.
China Girl's Photos - Main
Seen on 1st trip from Penzance to Scillies
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Created 11 July 2019
A few photos of the collection of ships made out of matchsticks
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Created 2 June 2019
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Created 28 May 2019
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Created 27 April 2019

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