Tue 10 Jun 2014 11:30
Hi All, This is my very first attempt at a Blog so here we go!
04.06.14 ANIKA left Largs Wednesday on the first leg of an adventure that is only possible because of the unconditional support and encouragement of Viv, Sarah and Ross - thank you.
Our first target was Cork but felt it prudent to let some weather pass through that would have been unpleasant passing Tuskar Rock,
05.06.14 2330 We arrived into Arklow Marina after a passage which included some occassional surfing in the North Channel with NW winds gusting 35knts and ANIKA sailing beautifully averagingd 6knts for this leg.
06.06.14 1700 Left Arklow and motor sailed down the coast against the end of the flood arriving of the inside of Tuskar Rock around midnight with reasonable swells and heavy rain storms ANIKA again sailing beautifully, after rounding we freed off and had a lovely sail in more rain along the South Coast of Ireland in the dark. The daylight arrived and the weather got better and better.
07.06.14 1245 Arriving into Cork in brilliant sunshine good winds and straight into the ISAF World Ladies J80International Racing. We managed to stay out of their way going into Crosshaven Marina to fill up with diesel before going into our berth at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Checked out the Guiness, it was in good order!
08.06.14 Finals of World J80's walked to top of Beacon Hill by Meagher Castle (dates back to 1550) great vantage point and the company of Jonas and his pal from Sweden supporting their daughters racing, horns, flags the works! Exciting and close racing with the Swedes just taking victory from the Danes. Visited the Castle which was worth the 5 euros to get.
09.06.14 Day in harbour doing things Iridium and Grib for the weather reports we need - success achieved in no small measure to Simon's IT skills.
10.06.14 Eventually found the laundry down the road, we will all smell sweeter later on!! Presently sitting in the bar with a coffee at the Yacht Club listening to classical music being played by violinists and cello player in the foyer.
Well for the moment I will sign off and see how the first attempt has gone.