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 [...]

Hard on the Wallet

18 June 2024 | S Harris Marina, Tarbert, Harris, Outer Hebrides
Ann and Steve Crome | Still bloody cold!
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 and tree per square meter than I've seen anywhere I think. Because we used the pontoon, we were charged £26 each for the entry fee; had we come in a car it would have been £13.50. This we felt was a rip off and complained, but they're not interested. Dinner that night in the Dunvegan restaurant. Fabulous. Done like a Michelin restaurant (which it's not), with a fixed menu and superlative service it was a real experience. You pay for what you get though. My credit card is wilting a bit.

Our two nights in Dunvegan turned into three when we bottled out of what looked like a very windy crossing back to the Outer Hebrides at Lochmaddy on N Uist. Next day was not that windy but we were hard on the wind so it was a lumpy crossing and quite hard work. Just an overnight in Lochmaddy in a remote spot away from the village, didn't go ashore. Next day (Sun 16th) a short hop of 14 miles straight line distance to Loch Finsbay on South Harris. It was a dead beat and we had to tack so did 19 miles into winds up to the mid-20s, a hard work sail but only for 4 1/4 hours. Again overnight in a quiet spot, then Monday off to Tarbert on the isthmus between N and S Harris (funnily enough Tarbert means isthmus in Gaelic). we expected to beat again but the wind came around just enough and dropped to high teens letting us fine reach all the way, 14 miles in 3 1/4 hours.

We're here now till Thursday (20th), in S Harris marina on a pontoon. Been cycling today; washing and shopping tomorrow.

Photo shows the view down L Tarbert from the bike-pushingly steep hill overlooking the marina. CG on the finger pontoons.
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