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
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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 [...]

So much for a boring 4 hour motor...

16 September 2021 | Port Ellen, Islay
Ann and Steve Crome | threatening rain
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 in to 2 bottles. The evening was hazy....

Next day we set off for Carsaig Bay expecting to motor given the forecast. We did at first but then the sails went up (c 12 knots of wind) then we had to reef (c20 knots of wind) all pretty much on the nose so we were beating. Excellent trip, 29 miles, a 7 hour day. Following day Carsaig Bay to Craighouse, the biggest place on Jura (big being a relative term, one shop, one cafe and one restaurant [fully booked]) But another sailing day, again a beat but in lighter winds, 16 miles, 4 hours. Yesterday we moved here to Port Ellen on Islay, forecast as a motoring day, we ended up beating with reefs in again in up to 20 knots of wind. 5 hours, 25 miles tiring but great.

Now we are hiding in Port Ellen expecting strong winds and loads of rain tomorrow (Friday) Rounding the Mull of Kintyre on Saturday is the plan, we must have a following wind and flatish seas, so let's hope the weather forecast is actually right or things will get very tricky.

Not been a lot to photograph, but the image shows some pretty cloud formations and reflections in Carsaig Bay our anchorage the other night.
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A few photos of the collection of ships made out of matchsticks
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