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 [...]

Could this really be the start of a summer 2021 sail?

29 June 2021 | Maryport Marina
Ann and Steve Crome
Eventually, plan 262a revised gets put into operation. We leave Whitehaven for Kirkcudbright on Saturday (26th) planning to overnight there, move to the bay and anchor Sunday night so we can leave t the right time on Monday morning to get to Maryport at the time we can get through the lock at about 1h before high tide. Brilliant sail across from Whitehaven to Kirkcudbright, 15 to 20 kts of wind on the beam, boat going like a train at around 6-7 kts. We needed this to arrive at Kirkcudbright in time to get to the pontoon before the falling tide kept us out. We made it with about 1/2 h to spare. It's a lovely town and we happened upon a small festival market. Excellent fish, mutton pies, sticky toffee pudding and fresh bread. Left on the high tide Sunday to motor down the river to the bay where we anchored overnight in very little wind. Fish for dinner. Monday and we needed to leave about 0900 to get to Maryport about 1400. No wind! After motoring half way in far less than half the time the wind got up to a whole 5 kts so we decided to try out the new cruising chute. It did exactly the job we bought it for; 2 kts of boat speed in 4-5 kts of wind. Add about 1.5 kts of tide and we going fast enough to make the lock on time. Saw a few dolphins in the distance, nothing near enough to photograph. Mutton pies for dinner.

Image shows what in boating terms is called a 'project' in Maryport Marina. In need of TLC doesn't cover 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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