China Girl, UK Circumnavigation - Year 4

Vessel Name: China Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Ann and Steve Crome
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15 August 2019 | Milford Haven
15 August 2019 | Milford Haven
13 August 2019 | Tenby
09 August 2019 | Swansea marina.
06 August 2019
24 July 2019 | Cardiff Marina
22 July 2019 | Bristol floating dock
20 July 2019
19 July 2019 | Ilfracombe
17 July 2019 | Clovelly
11 July 2019 | Padstow harbour.
09 July 2019 | Tean Sound, Scillies.
05 July 2019 | St Michael's Mount
01 July 2019 | Tresco
26 June 2019 | Penzance
26 June 2019 | Penzance
24 June 2019 | Mevagissy.
24 June 2019 | Mevagissy.
22 June 2019 | St Mawes
Recent Blog Posts
18 June 2022 | Tignabruiche, Kyles of Bute

Chance encounter in Tignabruiche

Photo is of the Waverley, the only remaining sea going steam powered paddle steamer, which happened to pass us by after we had picked up a buoy outside the Royal Hotel in Tignabruiche in the Kyles of Bute. Short hop around here from Portavadie this morning took just under 3 hours in a mixture of cloud and sun and winds up to 25 kts. Boat speed up to 7 kts on half the jib and half the main.

17 June 2022

This year's plan

Our plan for 2022 is a week of testing out Ann's hip - in progress and going well. If all good we will leave Troon on 1 July aiming to visit the Isle of Man and the Northern Irish east and north coasts, then on to somewhere up around Skye if possible. Back to Troon for the winter then around Ireland next year, at the third attempt maybe.

17 June 2022 | Portavardie Marina

Off we go again

Ann's hip replacement on 19 March went brilliantly well and she is now only using a single hiking stick instead of crutches. So we decided to make a slow and careful return to sailing. We left Troon on Tuesday (14 June) for a slow careful meander around the Firth of Clyde, aiming to stay out of any significant waves. Tuesday was Troon to Lamlash on the east coast of Arran, 18 miles in 4 hours, most of it sailed. Wednesday was Lamlash to Lochranza on the northern tip of Arran, 18 miles in 3 1/4 hours, about an hour with cruising chute up; it was good to get some practice with that early in our season. Thursday was a dreary 11 miles from Lochranza to Portavardie on the mainland in drizzle, but we persevered and sailed almost all of it. Photo shows a wide shot of Portavardie marina with CG in the foreground. Today we spent the morning hiding from the rain (while you in the south sweltered in 32 degree heat, not sure I'm jealous). Tomorrow we are off on a quick hop round the corner to the Kyles of Bute.

06 October 2021

What did we do in 2021

A few statistics for the year.

21 September 2021 | Troon Yacht Haven

Fantastic end to the season

Here we are in Troon where CG will spend her winter. We're doing the boring stuff, cleaning and bedding her down for the winter before heading home on Friday via Blackpool and Leeds.

16 September 2021 | Port Ellen, Islay

So much for a boring 4 hour motor...

12 September was our 40th wedding anniversary. We booked a massage and afternoon tea package in a hotel in Oban. I've had a couple of massages before but am not an affectionado. This one was great, very relaxing. Afternoon tea with Prosecco was upgraded to afternoon tea with champagne which turned [...]

Chance encounter in Tignabruiche

18 June 2022 | Tignabruiche, Kyles of Bute
Ann and Steve Crome | showery, warm when the sun's out
Photo is of the Waverley, the only remaining sea going steam powered paddle steamer, which happened to pass us by after we had picked up a buoy outside the Royal Hotel in Tignabruiche in the Kyles of Bute. Short hop around here from Portavadie this morning took just under 3 hours in a mixture of cloud and sun and winds up to 25 kts. Boat speed up to 7 kts on half the jib and half the main.

This year's plan

17 June 2022
Ann and Steve Crome
Our plan for 2022 is a week of testing out Ann's hip - in progress and going well. If all good we will leave Troon on 1 July aiming to visit the Isle of Man and the Northern Irish east and north coasts, then on to somewhere up around Skye if possible. Back to Troon for the winter then around Ireland next year, at the third attempt maybe.

Off we go again

17 June 2022 | Portavardie Marina
Ann and Steve Crome | raining but improving
Ann's hip replacement on 19 March went brilliantly well and she is now only using a single hiking stick instead of crutches. So we decided to make a slow and careful return to sailing. We left Troon on Tuesday (14 June) for a slow careful meander around the Firth of Clyde, aiming to stay out of any significant waves. Tuesday was Troon to Lamlash on the east coast of Arran, 18 miles in 4 hours, most of it sailed. Wednesday was Lamlash to Lochranza on the northern tip of Arran, 18 miles in 3 1/4 hours, about an hour with cruising chute up; it was good to get some practice with that early in our season. Thursday was a dreary 11 miles from Lochranza to Portavardie on the mainland in drizzle, but we persevered and sailed almost all of it. Photo shows a wide shot of Portavardie marina with CG in the foreground. Today we spent the morning hiding from the rain (while you in the south sweltered in 32 degree heat, not sure I'm jealous). Tomorrow we are off on a quick hop round the corner to the Kyles of Bute.

What did we do in 2021

06 October 2021
Ann and Steve Crome
A few statistics for the year.
Juggling the COVID restrictions we sailed over two periods - April 24th to 26th and June 26th to September 20th. This is 88 days and we moved the boat on 48 of those, so a pretty busy trip. We travelled 1013 miles in 225 hours sailing for 77 and motoring for 114. We visited 47 different towns, villages, hamlets and anchorages across north west England and the southern half of the Scottish Islands. Two falls off the back of the boat, one trip to hospital. We had no trouble getting into marinas but couldn't get into a restaurant without a booking anywhere in Scotland. Where would we go back to? There are too many beautiful places to easily pick out one or two. Maybe Traigh Gheal, (Balfours Bay) on the south coast of Mull as an anchorage and Tayvallich at the top of Loch Sween as a village. Where would we no go back to? Craobh Haven is a great marina but it's expensive and there is absolutely nothing to do on land. Pullodobhrain anchorage just south of Oban is extolled in the pilot book as unmissable, we'd say it's very average and there are plenty of other equally pretty places. Photo shows the classic view of the painted houses in Tobermory, taken from CG.

Fantastic end to the season

21 September 2021 | Troon Yacht Haven
Ann and Steve Crome | Sunny!!
Here we are in Troon where CG will spend her winter. We're doing the boring stuff, cleaning and bedding her down for the winter before heading home on Friday via Blackpool and Leeds.

But, we have finished two of our best sails of the season. Boring start, Saturday, Port Ellen to Cambeltown, the rounding of the Mull of Kintyre (Q song?) which must be done with the right tides and wind. Tides you can work out winds are pot luck. We had none, which is better than not enough. Ten hours, 45 miles on the motor.

Then things perked up, Campbeltown to Loch Ranza on Arran on Sunday, expecting a motor got a fabulous beam wind. Six hours sailing less than one on the motor, brilliant, winds up to c15 knots, boat speed up to 5.8 kt. Monday the weather man prominsed us wind again and we got it, another beam reach, Loch Ranza to Troon. Six hours under sail, two on the motor due to a wind shadow around the northern tip of Arran. Boat speeds up to 7 kts in winds up to c17kts. (Hull speed for CG is around 8 kts.)

Off to a Tapas restaurant in Troon this evening.

Photo shows us in Loch Ranza celebrating an excellent successful cruise with the bottle of champers Ann won with the Knight's cup for her contribution to the Cruising Association in 2020.

So much for a boring 4 hour motor...

16 September 2021 | Port Ellen, Islay
Ann and Steve Crome | threatening rain
12 September was our 40th wedding anniversary. We booked a massage and afternoon tea package in a hotel in Oban. I've had a couple of massages before but am not an affectionado. This one was great, very relaxing. Afternoon tea with Prosecco was upgraded to afternoon tea with champagne which turned in to 2 bottles. The evening was hazy....

Next day we set off for Carsaig Bay expecting to motor given the forecast. We did at first but then the sails went up (c 12 knots of wind) then we had to reef (c20 knots of wind) all pretty much on the nose so we were beating. Excellent trip, 29 miles, a 7 hour day. Following day Carsaig Bay to Craighouse, the biggest place on Jura (big being a relative term, one shop, one cafe and one restaurant [fully booked]) But another sailing day, again a beat but in lighter winds, 16 miles, 4 hours. Yesterday we moved here to Port Ellen on Islay, forecast as a motoring day, we ended up beating with reefs in again in up to 20 knots of wind. 5 hours, 25 miles tiring but great.

Now we are hiding in Port Ellen expecting strong winds and loads of rain tomorrow (Friday) Rounding the Mull of Kintyre on Saturday is the plan, we must have a following wind and flatish seas, so let's hope the weather forecast is actually right or things will get very tricky.

Not been a lot to photograph, but the image shows some pretty cloud formations and reflections in Carsaig Bay our anchorage the other night.
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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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