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
26 October 2019
03 October 2019 | Preston Marina
01 October 2019 | Peil Island
28 September 2019 | Liverpool Marina
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
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26 October 2019

Statistics for the trip

We left Ipswich on April 27th and arrived in Preston on 2nd October, that's just over 22 weeks. In between we visited 58 places and travelled 1608 miles in 327 hours. The engine hours for the trip were 221, which seems like we only sailed for 327-221 = 106 hours, but the engine hours include all the [...]

03 October 2019 | Preston Marina

Tucked up in Preston

This year's trip ends with us tucked in Preston Marina. Good use of of great weather window yesterday between the howling gales on Monday and the strong winds forecast for Friday onwards. We part sailed part motorsailed in a weak northerly and had a lovely last tip of the season. The people in Preston could not be more helpful it's going to be a great place to spend the winter. Winter maintenance is already started, the mainsail is down, washed and rolled to be stored in Ann's Mum's garage (she doesn't know this yet!). Foresail comes down once the wind drops. The liferaft needs some TLC after an altercation with the wall of the lock while fuelling up yesterday. The first serious damage of he season on the last day, bugger. Ann is off to Leeds on the train tomorrow to fetch the car (via a meeting guiding in Birmingham) . Steve is on maintenance, and watching the rugby.

01 October 2019 | Peil Island

Bumpy night in Peil.

Ten hour trip from Liverpool to Peil Island (Barrow in Furness) yesterday in gradually increasing wind and rain. Arrived in the dark which is never easy in a place we don't know. Could not get the anchor to set so picked up a buoy and were glad we did as the wind continued to build. Very bumpy night. Photo is taken out of the saloon window in an attempt to show the waves. Still very windy now (3 pm) but due to drop soon. Cloud is getting thinner. Off to Preston tomorrow in what should be a comfortable northerly. There for the winter.

28 September 2019 | Liverpool Marina


Been in Liverpool Marina since Sunday 22nd. Some days hiding on the boat from the rain. But also have done city centre and Beatles sites bus tours, The Beatles Experience exhibition, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Motown Experience stage show. Highlight was he whole tour bus singing along to Penny Lane while the bus drove down that street.

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 [...]

Going for a month and still speaking!

28 May 2019 | Weymouth Quay
Ann and Steve Crome
Our trip passed it's one month anniversary yesterday and we are proud to report we are still on speaking terms - so it's going well.

We stayed an extra day in Poole because of the strong winds on the nose forecast on our route to Weymouth. It turned out to be luck we did because Weymouth had a music festival going on around the harbour on BH Sunday when we would have arrived which would apparently not have been to our taste and consequently the boats were rafted 5 out. But when we arrived yesterday all was quiet. We are still rafted two out as it was a BH Monday and half term,but that's fine.

We used the extra day in Weymouth to take Ann's cousin Sheila for a day sail. Photo shows them with Old Harry rocks in the background.

It was still a beat from Poole, but with the tide behind us we still made Weymouth in 6.5 h at about 6 kts. A great sail. We are off to Exmouth next but it@s a long way, 50+ miles including the infamous 'Portland Race' to negotiate. There are two routs, the offshore route, which adds about 15 miles to the distance, or the inshore route which involves going 'as close as you dare' (Weymouth local knowledge quote) to the Portland cliffs. Means in practice about 100 m off I guess. So a big passage planning session is needed this morning.

More blogs will follow if we survive......

While in the Solent we were listening to a radio conversation between the coastguard and various about the WW2 mine being caught in fishing nets off the needles and the subsequent controlled explosion by the navy. Made it to the national news apparently.
China Girl's Photos - Main
Seen on 1st trip from Penzance to Scillies
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A few photos of the collection of ships made out of matchsticks
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