Since my last blog we did leave Bangor in a force 5 and southWesterly wind which tested us a wee bit as it gusted 25 knots at times . The sea was very ‘lumpy’ and not the most comfortable close hauled sailing!! Unfortunately John started feeling queazy and ultimately sick He took sturgeron and lay for a good few hours. Chris also ended throwing up on this journey too.. I had to keep a watchon my own… ( not for long) and spent the time wondering what i would do if i had to go into the marina myself AND after a 14 hr sail.. Luckily they were both feeling much better by the time we got to Howth only to be told there was no room at the
Inn and had to sail another two hours to Dunlaghaire ( pronounced Dun leary ). John coped really well despite the sickness. I hope it didn’t put him off being aboard. Ate leftover mince with mashed tatties and some of the Ginger cake Janice and Chris sent us…. your goodies have been a lovely treat. Early night to bed . great to be learning new skills..
10th June we set off at lunch time to get to Arklow ( about 5 hrs) 35 miles averaging about 6 knots, mostly with the engine on as heading straight into wind . With the sails up we would have been tacking all day ! sunny at times but cool in the wind and shade of sails. Arriving in Arklow was very interesting as it is in a river with moorings up the middle and a pontoon along the wall . (only place we could go due to our draft) not much room and had to ‘park’ in between other boats ( like parking a car on road). there was no room for error but managed easily with help from a couple of old’ seadogs on the pontoon. Very entertainging watching others coming onto the pontoon the next day ….. we jump off and lend a hand…. I do like the camaraderie of sailing folk. In fact all the people we have met so far ,… in shops, marinas and other boats have been exceptionally friendly.
We spent the evening of the 10th June in an Irish Pub with a glass of Guinness sand watching the European football ( Ireland v croatia )
Today we spent victualling the boat in preparation for ChrisM and Howard to join us and the departure of John Tomorrow whom has proved to be very easy to have on the boat and will leave with a few more skills… he makes a mean Bowline! It has been sunny and warm all day .. even had a sunbathe with my shorts on !!
We will be anchoring in Fishgard tomorrow on the Welsh coast and i cant wait for the next part of journey… I promised Kimm we will look after her Husband. I will try my best ….xx
Love the blog. The photos are great.