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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06 October 2021
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
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06 October 2021

What did we do in 2021

A few statistics for the year.

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 [...]

On the move again

17 August 2021 | Tayvallich, Loch Sween
Ann and Steve Crome | Cloudy with showers
We arrived back in Largs on Aug 9th sfter a road trip via Blackpool (to meet Ann's new great niece) Bournemouth (Ann's Uncle's 98th birthday lunch) and home for nearly a week. Then we hid from the rain and wind to the 14th. During that time we planned how to round the Mull of Kintyre. Probably more planning than we have done for any other trip. The Mull can only be rounded in settled conditions and with the tide behind you. So we planned Largs to Campeltown, overnight there and round the Mull the next day; Largs to Glenarm (NI, fallback for westerly winds) and Largs to Ballycastle (NI, fallback for Southerly winds. In the end we set off for Campeltown, reviewed the weather and decided to keep going. So we stopped 1900 to 0400 at Sanda Island and then continued on rounding the Mull about 0520 and arriving in Gigha about 0900. Decent sail to Sanda but 5 hours on the motor from Sanda to Gigha, boring and noisy.

Two nights in Gigha Island on and buoy to recharge our batteries (and flatten the boat's) and today we have come to Tayvallich at the head of Loch Sween. A beat but a great sail almost all the way.

Photo shows Kelburn Castle just outside Largs, a trip we made when it was too windy to sail.
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