Still Sailing South

Trip Start May 12, 2011
Trip End Oct 15, 2011

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Flag of Ireland  , County Wicklow,
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Today we left about eleven am, after refueling using the cans which took a while. We only used the motor for about twenty minutes and then we sailed the next six hours, till the wind and tide went against us. We sailed a fair beam reach, even putting in a few tacks at the end, for an hour or so, trying to make our way, but as light was failing and we still had ten miles to
go, we gave in and put the work horse to good use.

I saw my first sea wind farm, very dramatic, just off Arklow, which is where we are this evening.
Sitting in a bar in the high street enjoying a pint.

The sailing today was smashing, moderate sea, gusty, varying from  a 3 to 7. One hour we averaged 7.4 knots over the hour!

Again entry was tricky, but at least I had been here before, although fat lot of good that did me! One of the lights was out on the entry, and there were loads of large vessels which there weren't the last time I was in. So we squeezed on the end of the pontoon to discover that slightly further up there was loads of room...which we couldn't see in the dark. This time of year the daylight hours are so reduced, unlike the long days of the Scottish summer we had earlier in the year.

The new engine appears to be performing well, it's a beta 40, four cylinder, we are averaging 2.85 liters per hour at 2,500 revs.

Well that's it, tomorrow we strike for home, the winds are fair...ish! Wish us luck!

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Chris on

I'm watching with baited breath! Have you made it?

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