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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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
21 June 2019 | Fowey china clay export quay.
19 June 2019 | Looe
18 June 2019 | Newton Ferrers
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
Recent Blog Posts
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 [...]

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 [...]

It's so bloody cold!

12 June 2024 | Loch Dunvegan near the castle
Ann and Steve Crome | Sunny but 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.

Then things cheered up and we got a fantastic 5 hour sail across to Canna; engine only on to leave and arrive the harbours. Two nights there to allow us to do the walk to see the puffins. About 2 hours each way so there had better have been some, and there were. I have a photo which shows some in the distance and they look like black dots. I'm going to have to do a lot of cropping and expanding get them up to visible size. Next day off from Canna to Rum, only 12 miles but we sailed all the way there, so an enjoyable trip. We saw two eagles! Not sure if they were white-tailed or golden, and moving too fast for my camera skills, but we can say we saw them, one of the reasons we went to Rum.

Today from Rum to Dunvegan on Skye, our first no-wind motor-all-day trip of the year. 44 miles, but at least we have hot water for showers.

The consistent thing about the whole trip so far is that it has been so bloody cold. It's June for God's sake and we are sailing in thermals and full waterproofs. This is not funny; forecast shows little improvement in the next week either.

We're here in Dunvegan for two nights, off to see the castle and posh restaurant tomorrow (Thursday) then hoping to cross back to the Outer Hebrides - Lochmaddy on North Uist of Friday, But the weathers looking dodgy....

Photo shows A view across S Uist towards Barra, nice white fluffy clouds but sooo cold!!

Don't you just love the British weather

02 June 2024 | Arinogour on Coll
Ann and Steve Crome | 'orrible
Just a quick note to post a photo taken of the same view from the same spot a few minutes ago.

Dodging the storms, but a bit of unexpected sailing!

02 June 2024 | Arinogour on Coll
Ann and Steve Crome | Dull and misty. Dreich in Scottinh
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 forth across the sound making the journey 36 miles against a straight line distance of 23. But a cracking good sail on a flat sea in around 15 kts of wind. Overnighter in Tobermory to hit the CO-OP then off to Coll yesterday. Wind gods said a fine reach most of the way from the north western corner of Sound of Mull to Arinogour on Coll, which is what we got. Added bonus - sunshine! A rare commodity at the moment. Got in early and actually sat in a pub garden in shirt sleeves. Back to normal today, dull and misty and cold. Weather coming in is mostly dire, so we have revised plans to visit the small Isles and are taking a weather window tomorrow to go all the way to Loch Boisdale on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, 47 miles. May need to hide there till next weekend.

Photo shows the view of Arinogour Town from CG.

Here we go again

30 May 2024 | Kerrera Marina, Oban Bay
Ann and Steve Crome | Sunny at the moment
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 come home for a few days.

We left Troon on 24 May with Steve Arnold joining us as crew and have travelled via Sanda Island, Gigha Island, Loch Tarbert on Jura and Puilladolbhain to Oban where we dropped Steve off to get the train home. Two really good sailing days, Sanda to Gigha (32 miles in 6.5 h) and L Tarbert to Puilladolbhain (33 miles in 6.5h, mostly using the cruising chute). The rest was all motoring due to too little wind for the distance to be covered. Not much wildlife seen, just a couple of seals and the usual array of seabirds.

CG just relieved us of another £150 for a replacement engine battery. Gary from the boatyard has this amazing device that you connect to the battery and it does a health check. Unfortunately our engine battery said 'replace' in a big red banner. On the plus side, the two batteries that run the bow thruster (and possibly the anchor winch, not sure) both came out as fine.

We leave Kerrera Marina in Oban Bay tomorrow for an overnight in Tobermory and then on to Coll.

Photo shows a really peaceful evening in Puilladolbhain anchorage 8 miles south of Oban.

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26 September 2023 | Troon Yacht Haven
Ann and Steve Crome | Windy!!
So, we made it all the way around Ireland at last. We've only been trying to do this since 2020.

1330.4 miles in 280 hours. 164 h motoring, 127 sailing (yes I know the figures don't add up, there are reasons...) We were away from Troon from 10th May to 23rd September, 137 days minus 14 we came home for = 123 days. We moved the boat on 52 of those days. Only a few of the rest were hiding from the weather, most were exploring Ireland. We met a boat that was going round in 3 weeks, Ok, you've circumnavigated Ireland, but you haven't seen the country; we have.

Highlights: the people, so friendly, incredibly helpful just lovely. The scenery, never ending fantastic vistas. Even the weather, May, June and late August early Sept were lovely.

I'm struggling to think of a lowlight.

Made it...

26 September 2023
Ann and Steve Crome
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 and making the trip to Troon a bit short. 22nd hiding in Glenarm (lovely gardens to visit there), very strong north-easterlies. 23rd another window, it's 60 miles to Troon so we have to make progress. Forecast is too little wind to sail in the morning, filling in at lunchtime, blowing a hooghly by the evening. so we set off at 0700, motoring in the end until 1500, the promised lunchtime wind was a measly 4-8 kts. We got a short sail from 1500, wind up to 15 kts, arriving in Troon at 1653. By the evening the promised hooghly had arrived and it hasn't really dropped since (26th).

We did have some company however, see photo.

So Ray didn't get as much sailing as we hoped, but we kept him well fed and it was great to have the company.
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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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