China Girl, UK Circumnavigation - Year 2/3

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 2021 | Troon Yacht Haven
16 September 2021 | Port Ellen, Islay
12 September 2021 | Oban harbout
04 September 2021 | Loch a Choire
28 August 2021 | Kichoan Bay, Ardnamurchan Peninsula
23 August 2021 | Loche Spelve
17 August 2021 | Tayvallich, Loch Sween
27 July 2021 | Largs Yacht Haven
22 July 2021 | Kames Hotel West Kyle of Bute.
19 July 2021 | Loch Goil
19 July 2021 | Loch Goil
13 July 2021 | Westwood Hall Hotel, Leeds
08 July 2021 | Troon Marina
05 July 2021 | Stranraer Marina
26 June 2021
26 October 2019
03 October 2019 | Preston Marina
Recent Blog Posts
21 September 2021 | Troon Yacht Haven

Fantastic end to the season

Here we are in Troon where CG will spend her winter. We're doing the boring stuff, cleaning and bedding her down for the winter before heading home on Friday via Blackpool and Leeds.

16 September 2021 | Port Ellen, Islay

So much for a boring 4 hour motor...

12 September was our 40th wedding anniversary. We booked a massage and afternoon tea package in a hotel in Oban. I've had a couple of massages before but am not an affectionado. This one was great, very relaxing. Afternoon tea with Prosecco was upgraded to afternoon tea with champagne which turned [...]

12 September 2021 | Oban harbout

...we did frighten it away

We did frighten it away, the wind that is. Almost all on the motor we moved from Tobermory, down the Sound of Mull, firstly to anchor in Loch Aline, then out of the sound an up Loch Lynne to anchor in Loch a Choire. Under cloudy skies this may be the darkest place we have ever been. Apart from our [...]

04 September 2021 | Loch a Choire

Motoring round Scotland continues...

We left Kilchuan on Wed 28th and motored all the way to Salen in Loch Sunart in no wind. This is a pretty little place but nothing particular to do. Next day we moved to Loch Drumbuie (not Drambuie!) and got a sail, or maybe a vaguely sail assisted float, for a couple of hours at 2.5 - 3 knots upwind. [...]

28 August 2021 | Kichoan Bay, Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Lots of fog and motoring

It's not been sailing weather, but it's been sunny...once he fog clears, so not so bad. From L Spelve we motored to Traigh Gheal, a tiny bay on the S coast of Mull and then to Bunessan in L na Laithich on the N Coast of the southern arm of the island. While anchored there we got the bus to Fionnfhort [...]

23 August 2021 | Loche Spelve

Swallows and fog

We had a great couple of days in Taynavallich which is really pretty (with a great pub!), well worth a visit by land if you are in the area. Thursday 19th we motored the short distance to Loch na Cille for an overnight on the anchor. No wind at all, but only 2 1/4 h on the motor. So quiet there, all [...]

Thinking for 2021

26 June 2021
Ann and Steve Crome
So, China Girl is back in Preston for the winter 2020/21. Like the rest of the word, we are asking ourselves what we will we able to do, if anything, and when. Boris's roadmap and coronavirus rule our lives. We also have a huge family situation to deal with in that Ann's Mum's health is deteriorating. Ann is spending a lot of time looking after her with many visits to Leeds. Eventually she has to go into a care home and we start making plans that will allow sailing with lots of visits to Leeds. Ireland can't be done (you may remember a circumnavigation was the plan for 2020), it's too late in the season to go and too difficult to get back to Leeds. The Isle of Man is considered but rejected because we can't allow ourselves to go (if allowed by the IoM Government) but then not be allowed to come back. So a plan is made to sail from Preston around to the Firth of Clyde and potter around there for the season within easy reach of Leeds.

April 24th to 26th we moved China Girl from Preston to Whitehaven, part for some routine maintenance and partly because anywhere further north seems like some vague progress...

Then it's all change again because at the time of writing, 26 June, we are very sadly planning a funeral.

However, lockdown is easing and we are allowed to go sailing. So we are.

Image shows the range safety boat that escorted us off the military firing range we strayed into on out tripto Kirkcudbright last year (oops). The we felt was preferable to getting shell holes patched; glass fibre gel coat repairs are so expensive(!) They were very nice about it.
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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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