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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18 June 2022 | Tignabruiche, Kyles of Bute
17 June 2022
17 June 2022 | Portavardie Marina
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
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18 June 2022 | Tignabruiche, Kyles of Bute

Chance encounter in Tignabruiche

Photo is of the Waverley, the only remaining sea going steam powered paddle steamer, which happened to pass us by after we had picked up a buoy outside the Royal Hotel in Tignabruiche in the Kyles of Bute. Short hop around here from Portavadie this morning took just under 3 hours in a mixture of cloud and sun and winds up to 25 kts. Boat speed up to 7 kts on half the jib and half the main.

17 June 2022

This year's plan

Our plan for 2022 is a week of testing out Ann's hip - in progress and going well. If all good we will leave Troon on 1 July aiming to visit the Isle of Man and the Northern Irish east and north coasts, then on to somewhere up around Skye if possible. Back to Troon for the winter then around Ireland next year, at the third attempt maybe.

17 June 2022 | Portavardie Marina

Off we go again

Ann's hip replacement on 19 March went brilliantly well and she is now only using a single hiking stick instead of crutches. So we decided to make a slow and careful return to sailing. We left Troon on Tuesday (14 June) for a slow careful meander around the Firth of Clyde, aiming to stay out of any significant waves. Tuesday was Troon to Lamlash on the east coast of Arran, 18 miles in 4 hours, most of it sailed. Wednesday was Lamlash to Lochranza on the northern tip of Arran, 18 miles in 3 1/4 hours, about an hour with cruising chute up; it was good to get some practice with that early in our season. Thursday was a dreary 11 miles from Lochranza to Portavardie on the mainland in drizzle, but we persevered and sailed almost all of it. Photo shows a wide shot of Portavardie marina with CG in the foreground. Today we spent the morning hiding from the rain (while you in the south sweltered in 32 degree heat, not sure I'm jealous). Tomorrow we are off on a quick hop round the corner to the Kyles of Bute.

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 [...]

Swallows and fog

23 August 2021 | Loche Spelve
Ann and Steve Crome | Foggy!!
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 we could here was sheep and birds. Friday we moved to Craobh (pronounced Creuve) Yacht Haven for fuel and water. Interesting trip, started on the motor in no wind, then we had both sails out in around15 kts on a fine reach, by the end of the 4h trip we had reefs in both sails and were luffing up in the gusts. Craobh has nothing to recommend it apart from the facilities, so one night there and off to....well. It was chucking it down, first serious rain we have had. So we changed our destination from Loch Spelve (4-5 h) to Kimelford (1 1/4 h) which also had the advantage of a shop to top up fresh food. We walked to the shop, about 30 mins in pouring rain, got talking to couple in the cafe over the shop, found they were yotties from the marina and had a car so got a lift back. Yachting community is wonderful.

So, in between Kimelford and Loch Spelve is Cuan Sound. Must be tackled with the tide behind you and preferably not when it is at full strength (one report we read said he was doing 14 kts along what is a narrow winding channel with lots of semi-submerged rocks. Much conflicting information on when is the best time (relative to high tide) to go. Finally, we got chatting to a chap in Kimelford who was an ex RN navigator and local. If he doesn't know who does, so we went with his recommendation and got through with no trouble, only peaking at 6.9 kts OTG.

That brings us to Loch Spelve where we had a visit last evening from a whole flock of swallows, up to 10 at one time sitting on the guard rail, others flying THROUGH the cockpit (see photo, the wire is our guardrail). Woke up this morning to dense fog, so we are sitting here waiting for the visibility to improve. currently it's up to about 1/2 mile from 50 yards.
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