China Girl, UK Circumnavigation - Year 6

Vessel Name: China Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Ann and Steve Crome
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21 July 2024 | Stromness marina
21 July 2024 | Stromness
28 June 2024 | Stornoway inner marina
18 June 2024 | S Harris Marina, Tarbert, Harris, Outer Hebrides
12 June 2024 | Loch Dunvegan near the castle
02 June 2024 | Arinogour on Coll
02 June 2024 | Arinogour on Coll
30 May 2024 | Kerrera Marina, Oban Bay
26 September 2023 | Troon Yacht Haven
26 September 2023
26 September 2023 | Troon Yacht Haven
15 September 2023 | Ballydorn in Strangford Lough, county Down
15 September 2023 | Ballydorn in Strangford Lough, county Down
04 September 2023 | Arklow
04 September 2023 | Arklow
27 August 2023
21 August 2023 | Kinsale YC marina
21 August 2023 | Kinsale YC marina
21 August 2023
11 August 2023 | Lawrence Cove
Recent Blog Posts
21 July 2024 | Stromness marina

Orkney here we come

Two nights in Sandside Bay. Considered going for a swim, tested the water temperature, decision easily made, no. Crossing to Stromness on the 19th, 30 miles on a beam reach. 13-20 kts of wind, reasonably flat sea. Cracking sail. Another tidal gate to get right, Hoy Gate, can be 8 kts against us. [...]

21 July 2024 | Stromness

Time flies

Wow, three weeks since the last post, time has got away from me. Two reasons, no internet and no rain (latter = need something to do = do the blog).

28 June 2024 | Stornoway inner marina

A bit of everything.

Here we are in Stornoway preparing to fly home next Wednesday (3 July) and hoping to get a walk around the castle fitted in between the showers. Which brings me to the weather...

18 June 2024 | S Harris Marina, Tarbert, Harris, Outer Hebrides

Hard on the Wallet

Well, interesting times in Dunvegan on Skye. We dinghied into Dunvegan Castle pontoon to go and se the castle and gardens. The castle is interesting, a lot of history of the MacLeod clan; the oldest continuously occupied castle in Scotland. The gardens are brilliant, more different species of plant [...]

12 June 2024 | Loch Dunvegan near the castle

It's so bloody cold!

I was right, we did have to hide in Lochboisdale. Arrived on Monday 3rd, first chance to escape without getting blown to bits was Sunday 9th. So we hired a car for 3 days and toured South Uist, Benbecula, Eriskay and Barra by car.

02 June 2024 | Arinogour on Coll

Don't you just love the British weather

Just a quick note to post a photo taken of the same view from the same spot a few minutes ago.

Adventures on land

30 June 2023 | Deerpark Manor B&B, Swinford, County Mayo
Ann and Steve Crome | Raining!
CG is left in Galway and we're touring the Irish Midlands by car. We've also dropped off and picked up the petrol outboard with the supplier to get them to look at why it will not start reliably. Dirt and salt in the carburetor jets was diagnosed and fixed. So it's now in the back of the car on its way back to CG.

We've been to the Irish famine museum; a sobering experience but also very enlightening in terms of what actually led to the 1 million plus people starving to death and another 1.1 million plus emigrations to North America. What it didn't cover, and what Steve would like to read up, is how the emigres got on, it can't have been worse than what they left behind.

Also been to Ceide Fields. Going to see a set of stone walls may not immediately sound riveting, but when you learn they are the oldest man made structures in Europe at 5500 years old; older than Stonehenge (and the pyramids), they take on a new dimension. Photo shows a wall in the foreground, and the view's not bad either.
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