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 [...]

Scotland beware, here we come.

05 July 2021 | Stranraer Marina
Ann and Steve Crome | Cloudy with some sun
So, when I last posted we were still in England at Maryport. Since then we sailed via Isle of Whithorn, and East Tarbet Bay in Scotland on the north coast of the Solway Firth then to Wig in Loch Ryan and now we are in Stranraer. The first three were at anchor and now we are in Stranraer Marina. All of the sailing has been downwind so the cruising chute has been up for as much time as there has been enough wind. Without it we would have had to motor the whole way, so it has started paying for itself big-time. The anchorages are really pretty and the seas have been calm, just what we need. Also what we needed was a decent 4G signal on Saturday evening. 4-0. Wow, when could we last say that! We stayed in Stranraer today against a weather forecast of rain all day and it's been sunny all day. Ho hum.... Never mind, lots of organisational things to do. Off to Troon tomorrow.

There have been a lot of very fit young men and women, some in wheelchairs, around the marina today. I discovered it's the Kayak for Heroes fundraising project (www.kayakforheroes,co,uk) stopping over on their way to John O'Groats. They left for Campbelltown a few hours ago. Photo shows paddler and support boat leaving Stranraer harbour.
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