Capetonian...Sailing from Kinsale to Leitrim.

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Castlepark Marina.
What I did
Skellig Michael County Kerry
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Ireland  , Munster,
Friday, September 21, 2012

October is a dreary month in Ireland and more especially this year after our bad summer.
I kept an eye on crewseekers  just in case there was a suitable trip available in the sunshine.
We had just come back from a few weeks in Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria and if anything the weather was too hot there.
In fact the week before it hit 40 degrees a few times and while we were there it reached 33-34.
We were not complaining as it was a change from the rain.
Its hard to complain when you can go swimming every day and I found 710 steps to climb every morning so that kept me going.
I spotted an advertised in Crewseekers looking for crew  from Kinsale to Carrick on Shannon and I just replied on spec.
I wasn't over enthusiastic about it as the days and night were cold here and the weather in general miserable.
I am a sunny day sailor if the truth be known.
My reply to the ad was short and sweet,I just said that "I might be interested in the trip and that I was retired and had time on my side".
The response I got from the owner was equally short"nothing wrong with been retired as I'm 57 and retied also"
The trip was advertised  to leave on 14th Oct but we had other commitments so that week end was out for me and I forgot about the trip.
The following week I got an e@mail saying if I was still interested that the trip was leaving on 21st.
This date suited me so I said I would call down to meet him and see the boat in Kinsale but the owner replied saying he was living in Leitrim so that was out.
I am always interested in meeting the skipper beforehand on these type of trips and having a good look at the boat just in case it wasn't up to scratch.
 I remember going to see a yacht in Futurentura a few years ago that was on route to the Caribbean and looking for crew only to discover that there was sellotape around port holes and very flimsy rigging,so I decided against that one.
I contacted the owner Hugh again and said I would like to meet him.He said that he was travelling down on the Thursday and I thought I might meet him for coffee in Limerick on his way down but that was out as well as he was travelling down by train.
I decided then to go to Kinsale anyway  prepared and that if I didn't like what I saw I could always walk away.
Catherine and myself traveled down the night before,stayed in Cork and drove out to Kinsale to see the boat and meet the owner on Friday morning.
The yacht was a 31 foot sloop with a long keel, an Arietta design built in 1977 by Olie Endozin with a new Beta 20 HP engine.
It was in fantastic shape and looked as if had been well looked after so I decided that the trip was a go.
Catherine headed home I helped Hugh get a few things sorted before the other crew member arrived.
When Jamie arrived at 1300 hrs we didn't delay,we cast the mooring lines and left Castlepark Marina.

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