China Girl, UK Circumnavigation - Year 1

Vessel Name: China Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Ann and Steve Crome
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13 June 2019 | Sandy
09 June 2019
05 June 2019 | Dittesham
04 June 2019 | Dartmouth
02 June 2019 | Torquay
02 June 2019 | Exmouth
02 June 2019
02 June 2019
28 May 2019 | Weymouth Quay
24 May 2019 | Poole Harbour
21 May 2019 | Yarmouth IoW
19 May 2019 | Bucklers Hard
17 May 2019 | Lymington
14 May 2019 | Bembridge Harbour
13 May 2019 | Southsea Marina.
11 May 2019
11 May 2019 | Thorne Channel anchorage
09 May 2019 | Littlehamptom
08 May 2019
Recent Blog Posts
03 October 2019 | Preston Marina

Tucked up in Preston

This year's trip ends with us tucked in Preston Marina. Good use of of great weather window yesterday between the howling gales on Monday and the strong winds forecast for Friday onwards. We part sailed part motorsailed in a weak northerly and had a lovely last tip of the season. The people in Preston could not be more helpful it's going to be a great place to spend the winter. Winter maintenance is already started, the mainsail is down, washed and rolled to be stored in Ann's Mum's garage (she doesn't know this yet!). Foresail comes down once the wind drops. The liferaft needs some TLC after an altercation with the wall of the lock while fuelling up yesterday. The first serious damage of he season on the last day, bugger. Ann is off to Leeds on the train tomorrow to fetch the car (via a meeting guiding in Birmingham) . Steve is on maintenance, and watching the rugby.

01 October 2019 | Peil Island

Bumpy night in Peil.

Ten hour trip from Liverpool to Peil Island (Barrow in Furness) yesterday in gradually increasing wind and rain. Arrived in the dark which is never easy in a place we don't know. Could not get the anchor to set so picked up a buoy and were glad we did as the wind continued to build. Very bumpy night. Photo is taken out of the saloon window in an attempt to show the waves. Still very windy now (3 pm) but due to drop soon. Cloud is getting thinner. Off to Preston tomorrow in what should be a comfortable northerly. There for the winter.

28 September 2019 | Liverpool Marina

Liverpool

Been in Liverpool Marina since Sunday 22nd. Some days hiding on the boat from the rain. But also have done city centre and Beatles sites bus tours, The Beatles Experience exhibition, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Motown Experience stage show. Highlight was he whole tour bus singing along to Penny Lane while the bus drove down that street.

21 September 2019 | Bangor

Swellies conquered again

Quick motor from Porth Dinorwic marina to a buoy off Bangor this afternoon through the Swellies, this time with Ann on he helm. Wind is rather gusty but we are attached to the buoy by a substantial chain so we should be ok. Pjoto shis Bangor from the boat in the late afternoon sun. Supposed to be going to Liverpool tomorrow but the forecast is tor torrential rain. May sit it out here and go Monday.

20 September 2019 | Porth Dinorwic Marina

Porth Dinorwic

What fantastic weather!!! Legs out, maybe for the last time this year. We are in Porth Dinorwic marina, which is beautiful. Photo shows the view from the stern in the late afternoon sunshine. Went last night for dinner at the Garddfon Inn, THE place to go apparently and could not get table, so lots of [...]

16 September 2019 | Rhosneigr

What is that smell?

So here we are, sat at anchor in Rhosneigr,, anchor in sand (at the second attempt after giving up on Rhoscolyn which is all rock and weed)

Tucked up in Preston

03 October 2019 | Preston Marina
Ann and Steve Crome
This year's trip ends with us tucked in Preston Marina. Good use of of great weather window yesterday between the howling gales on Monday and the strong winds forecast for Friday onwards. We part sailed part motorsailed in a weak northerly and had a lovely last tip of the season. The people in Preston could not be more helpful it's going to be a great place to spend the winter. Winter maintenance is already started, the mainsail is down, washed and rolled to be stored in Ann's Mum's garage (she doesn't know this yet!). Foresail comes down once the wind drops. The liferaft needs some TLC after an altercation with the wall of the lock while fuelling up yesterday. The first serious damage of he season on the last day, bugger. Ann is off to Leeds on the train tomorrow to fetch the car (via a meeting guiding in Birmingham) . Steve is on maintenance, and watching the rugby.

Bumpy night in Peil.

01 October 2019 | Peil Island
Ann and Steve Crome | Windy. Up to 30 it NEerlys
Ten hour trip from Liverpool to Peil Island (Barrow in Furness) yesterday in gradually increasing wind and rain. Arrived in the dark which is never easy in a place we don't know. Could not get the anchor to set so picked up a buoy and were glad we did as the wind continued to build. Very bumpy night. Photo is taken out of the saloon window in an attempt to show the waves. Still very windy now (3 pm) but due to drop soon. Cloud is getting thinner. Off to Preston tomorrow in what should be a comfortable northerly. There for the winter.

Liverpool

28 September 2019 | Liverpool Marina
Ann and Steve Crome | Rainy
Been in Liverpool Marina since Sunday 22nd. Some days hiding on the boat from the rain. But also have done city centre and Beatles sites bus tours, The Beatles Experience exhibition, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Motown Experience stage show. Highlight was he whole tour bus singing along to Penny Lane while the bus drove down that street.

Swellies conquered again

21 September 2019 | Bangor
Ann and Steve Crome
Quick motor from Porth Dinorwic marina to a buoy off Bangor this afternoon through the Swellies, this time with Ann on he helm. Wind is rather gusty but we are attached to the buoy by a substantial chain so we should be ok. Pjoto shis Bangor from the boat in the late afternoon sun. Supposed to be going to Liverpool tomorrow but the forecast is tor torrential rain. May sit it out here and go Monday.

Porth Dinorwic

20 September 2019 | Porth Dinorwic Marina
Ann and Steve Crome | Hot and sunny!
What fantastic weather!!! Legs out, maybe for the last time this year. We are in Porth Dinorwic marina, which is beautiful. Photo shows the view from the stern in the late afternoon sunshine. Went last night for dinner at the Garddfon Inn, THE place to go apparently and could not get table, so lots of people think so. Went to La Marina which is essentially a tapas restaurant. Brilliant. Glad the Garddfon was full.
Anchoring off Beaumaris/Bangor tomorrow night so we can get an early start to get up to Liverpool on Sunday. About 50 miles, long day.

What is that smell?

16 September 2019 | Rhosneigr
Ann and Steve Crome
So here we are, sat at anchor in Rhosneigr,, anchor in sand (at the second attempt after giving up on Rhoscolyn which is all rock and weed)
Sunny afternoon so we sitting in the cockpit and Steve is thinking what is that funny smell? The engine is off and it's not diesel anyway. We are about 2 miles from RAF Valley and the fighters are flying circuits and bumps (don't know my fighters, maybe typhoons? Anybody advise). Then it clicked, we are downwind and the smell is avgas! Photo shows a fighter jet if you have good eyesight; it's in there somewhere. Plans for tomorrow await weather forecast.
China Girl's Photos - Main
Seen on 1st trip from Penzance to Scillies
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Created 11 July 2019
A few photos of the collection of ships made out of matchsticks
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Created 2 June 2019
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Created 28 May 2019
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Created 27 April 2019

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