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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01 August 2022 | Kyleakin

Back to Scotland

It's July 28th, we are in Ballycastle, NI and we have arranged to meet Steve for his re-arranged, covid ruined trip out with us, in Kyle of Lochalsh, Skye, on 3 August. This is about 160 miles so we need to get our skates on compared to the trundling along that we have been doing. 28th, Ballycastle [...]

01 August 2022 | Kyleakin

Sightseeing

Four nights in Ballycastle, a very pretty little place with good transport links. One day to chill, one for sightseeing, and one to clean and restock the boat. We got the bus from Ballycastle to Carrick a rede where the rope bridge crosses a chasm. Photo shows us on it. It was built to allow salmon [...]

01 August 2022 | Kyleakin

Survived!

Sorry I've been out of touch, no wifi anywhere and no 4G in some places. Limited data availability in the contract in NI.

19 July 2022 | Belfast Marina

Covid strikes China Girl

So, after 2 1/2 years of crewing ambulances and dealing with dozens of known Covid positive patients, here I am on holiday in Belfast and I've got it! One day before Steve was to join us for a six day sail, so he has had to cancel, very annoying. Ann's escaped so far; she has moved into the fore cabin [...]

16 July 2022 | Belfast Marina.

Belfast

So here we are in Belfast, with wifi and decent 4G, yippee. Ardglass to an anchorage at Copeland Island, which is at the south east corner of Belfast lough, 30 miles in 5 hours another excellent sail. Overnight there, pretty but not much to see, then a quick hop 19 miles in 4 h to Belfast city centre marina. Not the prettiest approach but the marina is OK, the showers are brilliant and the location walking distance from the city centre. What's not to like. Here till the 20th. On the 19th Steve Arnold, a sailing friend of long standing, is joining us for six nights. We'll decide where we are going with him (and the weather forecast!). In the meantime we are back to tourism (Belfast hop on hop off bus tour is very good) and boat cleaning. Photo shows the approach to Belfast marina, the Titanic exhibition building just in shot on the left.

16 July 2022 | Belfas

IoM to Northern Ireland.

Crossing planned from IoM to Ardglass in NI. We needed to go through the narrow channel between IoM and Calf of Man, a small Island at the southern tip of the main island. To do that we had to get the tides right. We could not get out of Douglas marina over the sill, down to the south of the island and through the sound with the right tides so we broke the journey in Port St Mary in the south Eastern end of the island overnight on a visitors buoy. Port St Mary to Ardglass, 35 miles in just over 6 hours, pretty good going. Very comfortable sail, mostly a beam reach, bits of motoring when the wind dropped. Two night in Ardglass to allow a bit of boat cleaning and maintenance. Pretty place but not a lot to do. No photos of Ardglass, not sure why, failed there. So photo to prove I am there with Ann, Douglas in the background.

Back to Scotland

01 August 2022 | Kyleakin
Ann and Steve Crome
It's July 28th, we are in Ballycastle, NI and we have arranged to meet Steve for his re-arranged, covid ruined trip out with us, in Kyle of Lochalsh, Skye, on 3 August. This is about 160 miles so we need to get our skates on compared to the trundling along that we have been doing. 28th, Ballycastle to the marina at Port Ellen on Islay, 27 miles, 5.25h, great sail in a beam on wind to start with then motoring when the wind died. P Ellen is a pretty little place, rarely somewhere we have been before; last year on the way back from Mull to Troon. 29th, P Ellen to a visotors buoy in L Staoenaig on Colonsay, 36 miles 7.5 h including a sleigh ride up the Sound of Islay at speeds up to 10.2 kts (4 kts of boat speed, 6 kts of tide); sailed almost all the way in great weather. Brilliant day. 30th, Colonsay to anchor off Coll, 40 miles, 8 h. Another brilliant sail but a lot of drizzle in the morning and showers in the afternoon. 31st Coll to anchor in Armadale Bay on Skye. 36 miles, 7 h about 50/50 sail/motor but great weather again. Today, Armadale to Kyleakin on Skye which is the opposite side of the channel crossed by the Skye bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh.

In the Sound of Islay we had a close encounter with the Islay Lifeboat, a Severn going full speed to a pan pan for a fishing boat broken down about 3 miles away from us. Had the lifeboat not been there we may have had to respond to another boat in trouble.

Sightseeing

01 August 2022 | Kyleakin
Ann and Steve Crome
Four nights in Ballycastle, a very pretty little place with good transport links. One day to chill, one for sightseeing, and one to clean and restock the boat. We got the bus from Ballycastle to Carrick a rede where the rope bridge crosses a chasm. Photo shows us on it. It was built to allow salmon fisherman access to the best fishery for miles around. Then on to Bushmills (where the distillery is, we didn't go) a pretty touristy village and back to the Giant's Causeway for the afternoon. Very busy with tourists from all over, no residual covid restrictions it seems.

Next - back to Scotland.....

Survived!

01 August 2022 | Kyleakin
Ann and Steve Crome | Sunny but change is coming!
Sorry I've been out of touch, no wifi anywhere and no 4G in some places. Limited data availability in the contract in NI.

I survived Covid, Ann never caught it, but did spend four nights in the forecabin just in case. For me, it was a mild cold accompanied by a headache and worst of all extreme tiredness. I've heard others say this is fairly typical. Finally got away from Belfast on Thursday 21st July and headed down Belfast loch to Carrickfergus. A 1.5 h hope on the engine to test out my stamina and get a change of scenery.

We wanted a few days of sightseeing to visit the Giants Causeway and other surrounding touristy things. So we blitzed the Northern Ireland coast, 22nd to Lough Larne 3h on the motor, at anchor; 23rd to Red Bay under sail, 3.25 h, at anchor, 24th to Ballycastle, 3.25 h under sail. A series of short hops but some pretty places to see and a couple of quiet nights at anchor.

Photo shows Carrickfergus castle

Covid strikes China Girl

19 July 2022 | Belfast Marina
Ann and Steve Crome
So, after 2 1/2 years of crewing ambulances and dealing with dozens of known Covid positive patients, here I am on holiday in Belfast and I've got it! One day before Steve was to join us for a six day sail, so he has had to cancel, very annoying. Ann's escaped so far; she has moved into the fore cabin for a few nights. Main symptoms are a cough and extreme tiredness (I'll probably need snooze after I finish this post!).

So the earliest we will leave Belfast is tomorrow, depending on how I feel when I wake up.

It's just started raining, temperature has dropped to the low 20s.

Plan is to coast hop north from Belfast to Ballycastle, take a day or two to do the Giants Causeway and Carrickaread, then across to Port Ellen on the south end of Islay. From there through the islands to Skye.

Photo shows Ann next to the Snaefell mountain railway carriage that took us to the top, highest point on the Isle of Man.

Belfast

16 July 2022 | Belfast Marina.
Ann and Steve Crome | Dill, overcast, some drizzle
So here we are in Belfast, with wifi and decent 4G, yippee. Ardglass to an anchorage at Copeland Island, which is at the south east corner of Belfast lough, 30 miles in 5 hours another excellent sail. Overnight there, pretty but not much to see, then a quick hop 19 miles in 4 h to Belfast city centre marina. Not the prettiest approach but the marina is OK, the showers are brilliant and the location walking distance from the city centre. What's not to like. Here till the 20th. On the 19th Steve Arnold, a sailing friend of long standing, is joining us for six nights. We'll decide where we are going with him (and the weather forecast!). In the meantime we are back to tourism (Belfast hop on hop off bus tour is very good) and boat cleaning. Photo shows the approach to Belfast marina, the Titanic exhibition building just in shot on the left.

IoM to Northern Ireland.

16 July 2022 | Belfas
Ann and Steve Crome
Crossing planned from IoM to Ardglass in NI. We needed to go through the narrow channel between IoM and Calf of Man, a small Island at the southern tip of the main island. To do that we had to get the tides right. We could not get out of Douglas marina over the sill, down to the south of the island and through the sound with the right tides so we broke the journey in Port St Mary in the south Eastern end of the island overnight on a visitors buoy. Port St Mary to Ardglass, 35 miles in just over 6 hours, pretty good going. Very comfortable sail, mostly a beam reach, bits of motoring when the wind dropped. Two night in Ardglass to allow a bit of boat cleaning and maintenance. Pretty place but not a lot to do. No photos of Ardglass, not sure why, failed there. So photo to prove I am there with Ann, Douglas in the background.
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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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Created 27 April 2019

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