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Sharing our Journey

Lymington

17 to 30 Sept. having arrived back in Lymington we stayed in the water until the end of the month. We had a lovely weekend with Mike and Trace down on the Beaulieu river, before sailing back to Lymington with Marina - our last sail of the season and it was one...

The Scilly Isles to Lymington

8 to 17 September. For the 55mile journey from the Scilly Isles to Helford River we needed an early start to get favourable tide. We left the anchorage off Tresco at 5am - very dark and foggy, add in all the isolated rocks around the islands and the prevalence...

Isles of Scilly

5-6 Sept. Tresco is one of 5 inhabited islands out of 140 in the group, not to mention all the rocks. A sailors hell and there are estimated to be 1000 ship wrecks around the islands. Luckily for us we have satellite navigation; we just have to hope all the...

Ireland to Scilly

Saturday 4 Sept. the crossing distance of 140 miles meant it was not possible to complete in daylight, so we set off mid-morning so that at least we would arrive in daylight on the Sunday. The forecast was for very light winds from the NE, which was the case...

Waterford to Kinsale

27 Aug to 3 Sept. Marina and Pete arrived, having taken an extraordinarily early flight to land in Cork at 07.20. We needed to take the ebb tide out of the river, so after a quick coffee we headed down the river, in warmth and sunshine. Our journey was back to...

East and SE Ireland

18-25 August.
After arriving in Dun Laoghaire (pronounced dunleary), we planned to stay a few days to explore the area. A trip into Dublin (20mins by train) and a visit to the 'Epic' museum, a new attraction funded by a former Coca Cola CEO to...

Northern Ireland Tour.

9-16 August. Having put Lynz on the train, we were going to set sail the next day, but as the day dawned we could hear the torrential rain and J suddenly decided he had a lot of work to do that really couldn't wait (Jay says it was the navigators decision!) So...

Crinan Basin

After we visited Crinan Basin (31 Aug) Mark McGillivray got in touch to say he'd taken some pictures of us in the lock and then kindly sent them through. Including Cyanotype postcards - "I created from the images (these are images where I expose specially...

Northern Ireland

4 August. From Gigha went west to Port Ellen, a pretty little fishing port on the south of the famous whisky island - Islay. We only the evening for a quick explore around the village before setting off in the morning to leave Scotland.
Although we...

Leaving Ardfern

2 August. After seeing Fizz and Gerry on their way, we set off in lovely sunny (if windless conditions) to go with the tide down to Gigha. We were leaving Ardfern for the last time, it having been Vela's home port since September 2019. It was sad to go, the...