Martin Crick | NNE 12kts then calm; overcast and cloudy with occasional drizzle alternating occasional sunny patche
The weather was grey and damp, but the wind was NNE 10-12kts, so time to be off. The mooring fee was a bit of a shock after the west coast of Scotland, but the marina and town were nice so grin and bear it!
I managed to leave the berth with no drama; sadly, the "three men in a boat" who bumped into me last night trying to moor up a little 26-footer weren't there to watch! They did no damage, but tried hard to damage their own boat on their second attempt (in a different berth, thank goodness). I went to help - I think that's the sailing version of "turning the other cheek" - and got them in without lasting injury.
Once out to sea, I set all sail and had a great reach down to Howth Head (northern corner of Dublin Bay) doing 5-6kts. Then, in the space of 5 minutes, the wind dropped from 12kts to 0.8kts - just as I was approaching the outlet of the traffic separation zone. There's a lot of ferry and other commercial traffic into Dublin, and a line of offshore sand bars funnel them into a narrow space. This was the first serious marine traffic I've seen since the Humber, so I got the engine on pretty sharpish and rolled away the headsail.
The wind never did come back, but thankfully the clouds lifted improving visibility a lot. I motored past Dublin, and headed straight for Greystones. This is a fairly recent man-made harbour/marina with associated apartments - think Brighton. The marina breakwater is enormous, and well designed with a dogleg to protect the entrance. Unlike Carlingford, I expect a good night's sleep despite the forecast strong wind.
That sleep may well be helped by my neighbours. They came and took my lines as I came in, and then after I'd registered at the marina office offered me a glass of wine. We've finished their bottle, and I expect them on board later to return the favour. Now that is a real welcome!
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