On the 12th June
Chris did us all proud leaving the dock at Arklow, we had to reverse out after a difficult maneuver from between two boats at 05.45hrs. didn’t scratch a thing!! With a variable wind not much over 7knots we had to motor again for 5 hours of the 9 it took to get to Fishguard.
This was to be John’s last day sailing with us. He has got more confident and able with his crewing skills and been a big help, particularly with docking and casting off.
Today we dropped anchor using our new rochner anchor.
We had just seen dolphin before our approach to the harbour giving us a statisfying end to the day.
We gave a fond farewell to john and awaited the arrival of the 2nd crew….. my brother Howard and Chris Martland (his neighbour and sailing friend). They were making their way from Yorkshire and Slough to meet us this evening………… what a trek!
7pm…. welcome to Howard and Chris….. we celebrated there arrival with a delicious beef stew which Janice ( Chris’s wife) made for us…….. Thanks Janice it kept us alive for several days!!
The new crew settled in well and familiarized themselves with all things nautical !
Glad to hear family news and that Matthews kitchen is looking good and mostly finished
For the first time i wasn’t cold during the night.. hope not to need anymore water bottles now!
We had a lie in on the morning of the 12th having already decided we would not be able to get across to the Scilly Isles in the weather to come… Gale force 7/8 forecast. we had a good sail though to Milford Haven and anchored in a cove just outside the harbour. We were blessed with a pod of Dolphin swimming along side us for about 5-10 minutes …. This is when i know i am in the right place …. Following more of Janice’s Stew we watched Johnny English on the Tv/computer screen.. eating wilko mints and jelly babies… The film was so funny…
Howard had a rough night being in the foreward cabin with the noise of the water and general clunking all night!! I am so happy he is here to share a bit of adventures so very grateful for him putting up with any discomforts.
Chris and Howard were happy to be on board and Howard had his usual enthusiasm with learning something new and felt very proud wearing his ‘cabin crew’ hat given to him by friends! The sea was quite rough getting accross the bay to Milford HAven Marina and Howard absorbed a nice wave when hie went up front for a good view of the sea! we could mostly keep fairly dry under the spray hood and bimini ( which is meant to keep the sun off us!)..
I am glad Janice came up to Scotland as i know she can imagine us all together on Somoya. “Chris is behaving himself.. so far Janice!” He was singing on his Ukulele before i went to get some laundry done!
“Kimm, I know you experienced storm force 11 with us in Troon marina… and we certainly dont want to be out in anything like that!!
I am at the stage of nearly cropping my hair off to 1 inch long with scissors as it is getting in the way and i look absolutely gorgeous every morning!.. my curls are going crazy.. i look like Crystal tips !! I may take a trip into Milford Haven and find a hairdresser tomorrow.. Tis rather hard to look like a nautical beauty!
Think we are off out to eat tonight so better pick up the laundry and be on my way ..
Hope family and friends are all well
Please look after my mate Howard and make sure he has his life jacket on and he eats all his greens!! Fab reading the log by the way!! Good Luck