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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13 August 2022 | Armadale Skye
13 August 2022 | Kyle of Lochalsh visitor buoy near Skye Bridge
13 August 2022 | Kyle of Lochalsh
01 August 2022 | Kyleakin
01 August 2022 | Kyleakin
01 August 2022 | Kyleakin
19 July 2022 | Belfast Marina
16 July 2022 | Belfast Marina.
16 July 2022 | Belfas
16 July 2022 | Belfast Marina
16 July 2022 | Belfast Marina.
16 July 2022 | Belfast Marina
03 July 2022 | Stranraer Marina
18 June 2022 | Tignabruiche, Kyles of Bute
17 June 2022
17 June 2022 | Portavardie Marina
06 October 2021
21 September 2021 | Troon Yacht Haven
16 September 2021 | Port Ellen, Islay
12 September 2021 | Oban harbout
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13 August 2022 | Armadale Skye

Released from the fog

This is what the Skye bridge looks like from the same place once the fog lifted. So we left and motored all the way to Armadale except for 15ins when the wind teased us into putting the sails up then promptly died again. Now anchored in Armadale Bay. Day on shore tomorrow to go to the Gardens the off to Tobermory the start of our route back to Troon for the winter.

13 August 2022 | Kyle of Lochalsh visitor buoy near Skye Bridge

Circumnavigation of Skye, 2

After 3 days hiding in Portree we escaped as the wind dropped (slightly) on the 10th to run downwind to the mainland and Shieldaig, 5h, winds up to 30 kts rarely but 25 kts a lot. We were going downwind with half the jib up at up to 7 kts. Next day to Poll Domhain (6h), a tiny anchorage for a night [...]

13 August 2022 | Kyle of Lochalsh

Circumnavigation of Skye, 1

Still struggling with no wifi and often no 4G signal. Since the last post we have almost completed a circumnavigation of skye and have had Steve on board as crew for 6 nights. From Kyleakin we popped across to Kyle of Lochalsh to pick up Steve then clockwise round Skye to Isle Ornsey (2h, anchorage), [...]

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.

Released from the fog

13 August 2022 | Armadale Skye
Ann and Steve Crome | Sunny!!
This is what the Skye bridge looks like from the same place once the fog lifted. So we left and motored all the way to Armadale except for 15ins when the wind teased us into putting the sails up then promptly died again. Now anchored in Armadale Bay. Day on shore tomorrow to go to the Gardens the off to Tobermory the start of our route back to Troon for the winter.

Circumnavigation of Skye, 2

13 August 2022 | Kyle of Lochalsh visitor buoy near Skye Bridge
Ann and Steve Crome | Foggy!!
After 3 days hiding in Portree we escaped as the wind dropped (slightly) on the 10th to run downwind to the mainland and Shieldaig, 5h, winds up to 30 kts rarely but 25 kts a lot. We were going downwind with half the jib up at up to 7 kts. Next day to Poll Domhain (6h), a tiny anchorage for a night to break the journey to Plockton which we completed on the engine for 2h in no wind yesterday. Plockton is a very pretty place with lovely views and the Plockton Inn does great food. We left Ploxkton for Armadale at 0840 this morning but ran in to dense fog, visibility down to c100m. So we bottled out and are now attached to a buoy about a quarter mile from the Skye bridge. Great 4G signal, small wins!

Photo shows our current view of the bridge!! I put at bit of the boat in for perspective.

Circumnavigation of Skye, 1

13 August 2022 | Kyle of Lochalsh
Ann and Steve Crome
Still struggling with no wifi and often no 4G signal. Since the last post we have almost completed a circumnavigation of skye and have had Steve on board as crew for 6 nights. From Kyleakin we popped across to Kyle of Lochalsh to pick up Steve then clockwise round Skye to Isle Ornsey (2h, anchorage), Loch Scavaig (6h, anchorage), Loch Bharcassaig (6h, anchorage), Dunvegan (7.5h, mooring. We raced to get there to beat strong winds coming in but still experienced gusts up to 35kts and steady wind of 25-30 kts. An exhilarating sail!! Then we hid from the wind in Portree for 3 nights, Steve leaving to get the bus/flight home to Bedfordshire on the second day. We discovered our otherwise wonderful new electric outboard motor could not push the dinghy into 15 kts of wind with 3 adults and a whole load of luggage on board. Luckily the local sailing club rescue boat saved us and towed us to the pontoon. We scrounged a tow back to the boat as well although I suspect only 2 adults and no luggage going down wind would probably have been OK. It's the 'probably' bit that gets you...

Photo shows the wind whipping across the harbour at Portree.

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
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