China Girl, UK Circumnavigation - Year 4

Vessel Name: China Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Ann and Steve Crome
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02 September 2022 | Sandy
02 September 2022
24 August 2022 | Portavadie Marina
24 August 2022 | Portavadie Marina
13 August 2022 | Armadale Skye
13 August 2022 | Kyle of Lochalsh visitor buoy near Skye Bridge
13 August 2022 | Kyle of Lochalsh
01 August 2022 | Kyleakin
01 August 2022 | Kyleakin
01 August 2022 | Kyleakin
19 July 2022 | Belfast Marina
16 July 2022 | Belfast Marina.
16 July 2022 | Belfas
16 July 2022 | Belfast Marina
16 July 2022 | Belfast Marina.
16 July 2022 | Belfast Marina
03 July 2022 | Stranraer Marina
18 June 2022 | Tignabruiche, Kyles of Bute
17 June 2022
17 June 2022 | Portavardie Marina
Recent Blog Posts
02 September 2022 | Sandy

Statistics for 2022 and what next.

Overall this year we were away 14 to 20 June and 1 July to 26 August, 64 days, around 9 weeks. We moved the boat on 41 of those days including 2 nights in the Crinan Canal. We travelled 943 miles in 204 hours, 103 on the motor and 101 under sail. We had company for 6 nights (thanks Steve, very pleased [...]

02 September 2022

Back to Troon for the winter.

From the Crinan canal we overnighted in Portavadie Marina, a short 4 h trip in which we managed a 1 h sail. The following day we had one of our best sails of the whole trip from Portavadie to the anchorage on Little Cumbrae island in bright warm sunshine. 4.5 h in total with a 3 h sail. Then on the [...]

24 August 2022 | Portavadie Marina

Freshwater interlude

The Crinan canal goes for 9 miles across the top of the Mull of Kintyre peninsula and saves a very long trip of about 120 miles around the Mull. Said like that it should be a lot less effort, or so we thought! 14 locks, 11 of which are totally man powered, is no mean amount of work for a couple of unfit, [...]

24 August 2022 | Portavadie Marina

Making our way home

Back on wifi again after several days of no or poor 4G. Since the last post we moved first to Tobermory. Very pretty place but very bumpy and uncomfortable in the north easterly wind blowing so we gave up after on of our planned two days there and moved on to Loch Aline (4 h great sail), a very pretty [...]

13 August 2022 | Armadale Skye

Released from the fog

This is what the Skye bridge looks like from the same place once the fog lifted. So we left and motored all the way to Armadale except for 15ins when the wind teased us into putting the sails up then promptly died again. Now anchored in Armadale Bay. Day on shore tomorrow to go to the Gardens the off to Tobermory the start of our route back to Troon for the winter.

13 August 2022 | Kyle of Lochalsh visitor buoy near Skye Bridge

Circumnavigation of Skye, 2

After 3 days hiding in Portree we escaped as the wind dropped (slightly) on the 10th to run downwind to the mainland and Shieldaig, 5h, winds up to 30 kts rarely but 25 kts a lot. We were going downwind with half the jib up at up to 7 kts. Next day to Poll Domhain (6h), a tiny anchorage for a night [...]

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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