Campbeltown – East Tarbert

IMG_0139

Campbeltown – East Tarbert

Winds  NW4 then shifting to W5, smooth seas!

30 NM (427 cumulative NM)

 

(photo shows us tied up in Tarbert Harbour, we’re the blue boat on the long pontoon, right at the end)

 

The weather forecast this morning showed a hint of a gale in the air, in the Malin sea area, but hopefully some way off the other side of the Mull of Kintyre.  It also said that rain would come later.  I cheerily reported this to our neighbour, and about 5 minutes later the most almighty downpour occurred… he was most impressed!

Continue reading Campbeltown – East Tarbert

Bangor – Campbeltown

IMG_4342

Bangor – Campbeltown

Winds  WSW 3-4 then flitting around NW and dying off!

50 NM (397 cumulative NM)

Despite everything Johnny was doing to persuade us not to head for Campbeltown, we had this as a convenient way on our passage.  We know that there are no showers, the public loos are grim and there’s no food to write home about….  It would only be a resting stop (the weather has turned a corner so no danger of being weathered in)!

Continue reading Bangor – Campbeltown

Ardglass – Bangor

IMG_4335

Ardglass – Bangor

Winds mostly W4 veering NW 2-3 then increasing 6-8 then 7

40 NM (347 cumulative NM)

Today was one of those days where sailing turns from being fun to something of endurance.  I’m not sure Mum you should reach much further, perhaps go to the bottom where you read that we are safely tied up, no damage… well, except Pete’s badly bruised wrist.

Continue reading Ardglass – Bangor

Howth – Ardglass

Whinchat in Ardglass Marina
Whinchat in Ardglass Marina

Howth – Ardglass

Winds mostly NW4 backing W 5-6 (increasing with the falling pressure readings) with slight and then moderate seas.

57 NM (307 cumulative NM)

The day didn’t start very well as Pete’s phone battery died overnight meaning the 07:00 call didn’t sound, and we woke at 08:30.  Ooops!  Continue reading Howth – Ardglass

Passage from Mylor to Howth (Ireland)

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 – Thursday,19 May 2011

Howth Marina
Howth Marina

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Mylor – Penzance

Winds mostly SW 4-5 (decreasing) with ‘moderate’ seas

60 miles

 

(picture above shows Howth Marina, we are tucked in behind the breakwater)

The weather had been anything but favourable to set sail for Ireland the week we spent getting reacquainted with Whinchat (the weather pretty much prevented much sailing at all, too much wind and too many storms rolling around).  Continue reading Passage from Mylor to Howth (Ireland)

Launching Whinchat after ‘wintering’

Whinchat with her new cockpit tent
Whinchat with her new cockpit tent

Whinchat has had something of a break from the water, having spent almost two months on the park & float carpark at Falmouth, under the safe care of Rustler Yachts.  She’s had a bit of work done (such as a sonic antifouling system), a good tickle underneath and a boat tent added.  Well, after being marooned in Yealm last summer, we decided then that we’d have one built.  You can see it in the picture above…

Continue reading Launching Whinchat after ‘wintering’