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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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
11 August 2023 | Lawrence Cove Marina
05 August 2023 | Dingle
Recent Blog Posts
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.

02 June 2024 | Arinogour on Coll

Dodging the storms, but a bit of unexpected sailing!

Kerrera marina to Tobermoray we expected to have to motor with the forecast being little wind on the nose up the Sound of Mull. Turned out to be a lot of wind on the nose which meant beating all the way was an option. We decided to beat until we got fed up and then motor, so ended up tacking back and [...]

30 May 2024 | Kerrera Marina, Oban Bay

Here we go again

Hi all. Sorry not to have posted for so long. We're off on our trip from Troon via the Outer Hebrides and the Orkneys to finish in Inverness in September. We may go to Shetland if the weather gods are kind. We plan to get to Stornaway at the top of the Outer Hebrides on Lewis Island by early July and [...]

From fog to rain

15 September 2023 | Ballydorn in Strangford Lough, county Down
Ann and Steve Crome
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 that it looks like CG won't fit through. Once we got there actually we had about 2 m each side, they effect of perspective. Concentrating so much on getting through we forgot to take a photo.

Carlingford to Ardglass a decent sail, full jib, reefed main, speeds up to 7.5 kts with the wind on the beam. Sea a bit (well more than a bit) lumpy but you can't have everything. Unfortunately the marina entrance was not well protected from the wind and waves and we arrived having had little chance to prepare lines and fenders in protected waters. It was a bit of a slay ride in and a lot of rushing about but we made it with no damage and pride in our achievement.

Ardglass to Strangford Lough. The lough entrance is really narrow and the lough really big so a huge amount of water has to funnel through the narrows every tide. Gives tides up to 8 kts. We came in towards the end of the flood tide doing 10.1 kts over the ground and 3.5 through the water, ie 6.6 kts of tide behind us. (for the less well versed in sailing, had we been going the other way, we would have been going 6.6-3.5=3.1 kts backwards. We were sailing on the jib alone and it was a good feeling to know that not only did we get the tidal calculation right, but we sailed it as well. We carried on up the lough to Ballydorn for about 2 h on the jib at around 4 kts enjoying the beautiful scenery and the sunshine.

Today we are hiding from the rain in Ballydorn roads on a buoy, it's been raining since we woke up and it's forecast to still be raining when we go to bed. Ho hum.

Photo shows the entrance to Ardglass marina. You need to leave the cardinal buoy in the foreground to port (ie go to the right of it as you see it) then swing around to leave the reds to port and the greens to starboard. It's really quite difficult to work this out from several hundred yards away and by the time you get close enough to figure it out you've go to react quite quickly.
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