(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!
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)!
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.
After a very decent sleep, we were all set to explore Dublin. It is my first visit to Dublin, to Ireland. I never expected that I would have sailed there myself! I never even fancied the crossing from Hollyhead!
Winds mostly SW 4-5 (decreasing) with ‘moderate’ seas
(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)→
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…