China Girl, UK Circumnavigation - Year 2/3

Vessel Name: China Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Ann and Steve Crome
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27 July 2021 | Largs Yacht Haven
22 July 2021 | Kames Hotel West Kyle of Bute.
19 July 2021 | Loch Goil
19 July 2021 | Loch Goil
13 July 2021 | Westwood Hall Hotel, Leeds
08 July 2021 | Troon Marina
05 July 2021 | Stranraer Marina
26 June 2021
26 October 2019
03 October 2019 | Preston Marina
01 October 2019 | Peil Island
28 September 2019 | Liverpool Marina
21 September 2019 | Bangor
20 September 2019 | Porth Dinorwic Marina
16 September 2019 | Rhosneigr
16 September 2019 | Rhosneigr
16 September 2019 | Holyhead
Recent Blog Posts
30 July 2021

Glad we are not in the Scillies!

Phew. Storm force 10 in the Scillies last night. Glad we're in Scotland.

27 July 2021 | Largs Yacht Haven

Back in Largs

Hi again. Since my last post we have been from Kames to Loch Gair, Inveraray, East Loch Tarbert and back now in Largs. All places around Loch Fyne. Kames to Loch Gair was mostly a great sail downwind on the cruising chute. Loch Gair is a small loch only about a mile long and half a mile wide and [...]

22 July 2021 | Kames Hotel West Kyle of Bute.

Everything in a day.

Woke up to serious wind, first time for ages. The exit from.Rothesay Marina is only about 11/2 x the width of the boat and with a lot of wind we needed a big thunk about how to get her lined up. No way we could put the bow through the wind so we had to maneuver around to the nearest pontoon to the exit [...]

19 July 2021 | Loch Goil

Back on the boat.

Funeral day went well, now back on the boat on Thursday. Friday we needed a lazy day so confined ourselves to a 1 hour motor in no wind to Millport on Gt Cumbrae. Two nights there with a trip on the island's only bus to get a look round. Missed a decent sailing wind Saturday afternoon but never mind. [...]

19 July 2021 | Loch Goil

Back on the boat.

Funeral day went well, now back on the boat on Thursday. Friday we needed a lazy day so confined ourselves to a 1 hour motor in no wind to Millport on Gt Cumbrae. Two nights there with a trip on the island's only bus to get a look round. Missed a decent sailing wind Saturday afternoon but never mind. [...]

13 July 2021 | Westwood Hall Hotel, Leeds

Nothing to report

Not much to say. We are in Leeds for Ann's Mum's funeral tomorrow. Motored from Troon to Largs on Saturday, a good call as trying to sail with my leg covered on plasters was probably not a good idea. It's healing well now. Back to the boat on Thursday.

Glad we are not in the Scillies!

30 July 2021
Ann and Steve Crome | Raining on the M6!
Phew. Storm force 10 in the Scillies last night. Glad we're in Scotland.

Back in Largs

27 July 2021 | Largs Yacht Haven
Ann and Steve Crome | Sunny now, rain forecast
Hi again. Since my last post we have been from Kames to Loch Gair, Inveraray, East Loch Tarbert and back now in Largs. All places around Loch Fyne. Kames to Loch Gair was mostly a great sail downwind on the cruising chute. Loch Gair is a small loch only about a mile long and half a mile wide and very pretty, an anchorage. Inveraray is perhaps the prettiest and busiest town we have been to so far, again at anchor. Very touristy but at least that means everywhere is open unlike many other covid-hit places we have been to. Had to motor all the way there, but only 15 miles. Part sail and motor the 32 miles to E Loch Tarbert, another small, pretty town with a good selection of shops and restaurants, marina there. Motored today to Largs, 23 miles; were going to break the journey in a bay somewhere along the route but the weather forecast for tomorrow is wet so we decided to come here to Largs and hide. Boat is here now till about the 6th so we can go to a family party in Bournemouth and then home for a few days.

Photo show two types of transport, a random yacht in the foreground but zoom in and you can see the Waverley paddle steamer which is the only working steam powered sea going day trip boat as far as I know.

Everything in a day.

22 July 2021 | Kames Hotel West Kyle of Bute.
Ann and Steve Crome
Woke up to serious wind, first time for ages. The exit from.Rothesay Marina is only about 11/2 x the width of the boat and with a lot of wind we needed a big thunk about how to get her lined up. No way we could put the bow through the wind so we had to maneuver around to the nearest pontoon to the exit and then spring her off to bring the bow upwind, then go for it. Having safely negotiated the exit we put reefed sails up...and the wind died...... Had we waited an hour, we would have not had all the angst. So, around the Kyles of Bute wind at every angle to the boat but never much of it. Now on a buoy outside the Kames Hotel. Across in the dinghy fir dinner but no space. Back on the boat cooking pasta and sauce. Emergency rations save the day again. At least we get to choose the music.

Photo shows CG and a bit of the amazing view from the hotel patio.

Back on the boat.

19 July 2021 | Loch Goil
Ann and Steve Crome | Sunny!!?
Funeral day went well, now back on the boat on Thursday. Friday we needed a lazy day so confined ourselves to a 1 hour motor in no wind to Millport on Gt Cumbrae. Two nights there with a trip on the island's only bus to get a look round. Missed a decent sailing wind Saturday afternoon but never mind. Sunday we go to Loch Goil, 22 miles, all day to get there. We sailed the boat to a standstill 3 times before reluctantly starting the motor when the wind died. But it was an interesting upwind sail in flat seas and 0 to 20 kts of wind. Today we go somewhere TBD. Lovely. Leg healing well, dressings off.
Photo shows the view from the boat now. Beautiful Scottish lock in the sunshine and ABSOLUTELY NO WIND AT ALL, not a breath. Can't have everything!

Back on the boat.

19 July 2021 | Loch Goil
Ann and Steve Crome | Sunny!!?
Funeral day went well, now back on the boat on Thursday. Friday we needed a lazy day so confined ourselves to a 1 hour motor in no wind to Millport on Gt Cumbrae. Two nights there with a trip on the island's only bus to get a look round. Missed a decent sailing wind Saturday afternoon but never mind. Sunday we go to Loch Goil, 22 miles, all day to get there. We sailed the boat to a standstill 3 times before reluctantly starting the motor when the wind died. But it was an interesting upwind sail in flat seas and 0 to 20 kts of wind. Today we go somewhere TBD. Lovely. Leg healing well, dressings off.
Photo shows the view from the boat now. Beautiful Scottish lock in the sunshine and ABSOLUTELY NO WIND AT ALL, not a breath. Can't have everything!

Nothing to report

13 July 2021 | Westwood Hall Hotel, Leeds
Ann and Steve Crome
Not much to say. We are in Leeds for Ann's Mum's funeral tomorrow. Motored from Troon to Largs on Saturday, a good call as trying to sail with my leg covered on plasters was probably not a good idea. It's healing well now. Back to the boat on Thursday.
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