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Off to Ireland

July 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

Mary: Thursday 1400 hours and we’re away. 01_Leaving_Oban.jpg254nm to Westport. Little wind, clear blue skies and a basking shark off Mull says goodbye – can you spot him in the photo? 02_Basking_shark.jpgThe weather changes, winds get up from the southwest 5, 6, then 7, seas are rough, we beat though the next 40 hours. On deck tied on, down below tied in. Wave’s crash along the deck, and occasionally a green wave lands in the cockpit, but Giselle carries on keeping up her average speed to 5.4 knots. David very kindly takes on a longer watch at night he sails for six hours non stop one night and eight hours the next, does he love me or not trust me!! I enjoy the extra sleep. By six in the morning the wind eases a bit and some dolphins come to play. What a great welcome to Ireland.

Westport or rather Mayo sailing club where we arranged to meet Rebecca, Peden and Camy, has visitor moorings so no messing with the anchor, a simple pick up onto the cleat, second line attached later.

Swimming was their priority 12_Three_in_the_water.jpgwhen they arrived or was it the beer? Fishing, first thing on Sunday provided us with ample supper – Can’t remember how many they both caught, I’m sure Camy will leave a comment with the numbers, I know one got away from Peden and it was really big!

We had a cracking sail down to the island of Inishbofin, naturally the boys were not keeping a record of the fastest speeds or who was helming at the time. Although late when we arrived, still plenty of light to slip into the narrow harbour channel and put the anchor down.

Tags: Atlantic Leg

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jane & Alisdair // Jul 25, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Happy Birthday, Mary!! Have a lovely day wherever you are. Maybe he’ll even give you a day off for your birthday!
    Jane & Alisdair

  • 2 Glenys // Jul 26, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    A day late but Happy Birthday Mary from Glenys .
    Great to be so young at heart . We only live once but once is enough if we do what we want.

  • 3 Liz Dykes // Jul 30, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    late happy birthday Mary good to catch up on your trip ,will keep looking at your journey, we are all well. Lynsey had a lovley day for her wedding every one was so happy