Nami 2... Kinsale Co Cork.

Trip Start Aug 24, 2003
Trip End Sep 04, 2003

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Friday, August 29, 2003

Wed 27th August.

We were up early and slipped the mooring at 0745.We still sailed with 3 reefs in and a small headsail. Some of our crew were seasick again and the forecast was NE gusting to F6.
We decided on long tacks rather than short ones.
We met a large Tug pulling a Gas platform off Galley Head; this was probably for the gas field off
Seven Heads and later requested a radio check from Bantry.
Choryna asked me to draw up a watch schedule giving everyone a two-hour period off i.e. 4 on 2 off so I drew up the following rota.

Time Skipper Mate Off

0800-1000 Raymond Kike Mike

1000-1200 Kike Mike Ray

1200-1400 Mike Ray Kike

1400-1600 Raymond Kike Mike

1600-1800 Kike Mike Ray

1800-2000 Mike Raymond Kike

2000-2200 Raymond Kike Mike

She suggested to me that I should try and get some rest as it was going to be a long haul against the wind to Kinsale.I wasn't too keen to go below and go to bed but said I would try it.
Conditions were rough enough and seasickness had set in with some of the crew so the blue bucket was in great demand.
I wasn't feeling great myself and thought if I went into the sack I would end up getting sick also.
Choryna had a good system, she said get yourself ready, get the life jacket off and also the wet gear and boots before going down below and then get straight into the nest in the sleeping position.
I gave it a try and even though I didn't sleep I felt very warm and comfortable. I was glad I tried it; it was a different sensation in the rough conditions.
Off the old head of Kinsale we were accompanied by some dolphins and heard a Pan Pan call to Cork Coastguard, someone was in difficulty off Inishdorey; they were drifting towards some rocks.

This call was cancelled later on.
It was starting to get dark around 2100 hrs as we were eyeballing it around the Old Head and
heading for Bullman South Cardinal. It was difficult enough to pick out the buoys with all the lights around the place. At Charles's Forth we ran into very shallow water and had to take immediate drastic action.
We arrived at the Marina at 2315 and tied up to the outer pontoon.
It was a bit of a rush up to the Yacht Club for a pint before they closed but we made it. We had no dinner so were feeling fairly hungry but after two pints and a few bags of peanuts we were happy and exhausted.
We met Choryna's sister and brother in law Donald he is in the local lifeboat service there. They were out on exercises during the evening and he said they were looking out for us.
He said he also knew Walter Salmon and Jerry Collins, lads that had worked with me in Aughinish one time.
It had been a long day so when we retired we had no trouble sleeping. We covered 53nm on the trip to Kinsale.
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