China Girl, UK Circumnavigation - Year 5

Vessel Name: China Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Ann and Steve Crome
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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
11 August 2023 | Lawrence Cove Marina
05 August 2023 | Dingle
05 August 2023 | Dingle
24 July 2023
08 July 2023 | Port of Galway (still!)
30 June 2023 | Deerpark Manor B&B, Swinford, County Mayo
25 June 2023 | Galway Port marina
13 June 2023 | Clare Island, County Mayo
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26 September 2023 | Troon Yacht Haven

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So, we made it all the way around Ireland at last. We've only been trying to do this since 2020.

26 September 2023

Made it...

From Bangor we need to get to Troon, CG's home for the winter. The weather is doing its best to stop us. Even at this late stage we had a few doubts about making it. It's spot the weather window again. Ray arrived on the 20th, a window opened up on the 21st to get to Glenarm, just up the NI coast [...]

26 September 2023 | Troon Yacht Haven

More rain.... Arrival of crew

Lots of rain in Strangford Lough. We arrived on the 14th, 15th we sat on the boat and watched the rain all day, did nothing, went nowhere. 16th we managed a quick hop from Ballydorn on the southern coast to Kircubbin on the north coast, about a 3 h trip sailing on the jib. A quick look around the village [...]

15 September 2023 | Ballydorn in Strangford Lough, county Down

From fog to rain

Carrying straight on from the last post. Dun Laoghaire to Skerries was 4 hours on the motor in winds up to only 7 kts, but at least it was dry. Since then our weather luck has changed. Skerries to Carlingford, 6 hours on the motor in rain. Carlingford marina has a very narrow entrance, so much so [...]

15 September 2023 | Ballydorn in Strangford Lough, county Down

Time Flies

Just found the time for an update, thinking the last had been about a week ago, only to find it's been nearly two weeks. Sorry folks. We've only moved CG five times, from Arklow to Dun Laoghaire (pron Leary) to Skerries to Carlingford lough to Ardglass to Strangford lough, 112 miles in all. The trip [...]

04 September 2023 | Arklow

Around the final corner

We left Kilmore Quay on the 2nd September to nip around Carnsore Point to anchor in Rosslare bay. The point is the end of the south coast for us and the start of the trip up the east coast to complete our circumnavigation. 3.5 hours mostly on the engine in little wind but a half hour sail towards the [...]

Star Wars time

11 August 2023 | Lawrence Cove Marina
Ann and Steve Crome | cloudy
Again we are squeezing in trips before impending bad weather. Monday 7th, our day for a circuit of Skellig Michael, the planet of Ahch-To where Luke Skywalker was hiding in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi (I had to google that, I didn't know!!). There were at least 15 tripper boats operating our of Portmagee where we were anchored and they operate out of other harbours as well. There were 10 buzzing around when we got to the island and heaved-to for lunch. We couldn't go ashore to see the beehive huts because there is nowhere to anchor. From there we continued to Derrynane in increasingly foul weather. We arrived in pouring rain and anchored.

From Derrynane the plan was to overnight in Kilmakillogie, towards the top of the Kenmare River,. But having had a 3 hour motor to get there we decided that to beat the strong winds coming in from Friday (11th) we needed to get around to Bantry Bay and in to the safety of Lawrence Cove Marina on Bere Island opposit Castletownbere by Thursday. So we lunched in Kilmakillogie and then got in a decent afternoon sail in SUNSHINE (yippee!) down to Garanish Bay, right at the end of the peninsular, ready to go around the end the next morning.

Photo shows Skellig Michael with a ghostly Force-induced cloud on top to hide Luke from the empires agents searching for him.
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