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
Recent Blog Posts
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 [...]

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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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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