54:39.868N 5:40.318W Bangor

Wed 1 Oct 2008 14:30
The intrepid trio were surprised and touched at the size of the group of family and friends who braved  the torrential rain to see them off. At the appointed hour of 1000 or nearly (sorry Stuart, Sylvia & ?) Skipper Mike swung Blue Tarn away from the pontoon and after setting reefed main and genoa we were off. South of Paterson's Rock, the wind had increased sufficiently to enable us to go on a close fetchsouth and this gradually became a broad reach. We were safely berthed at Bangor after a passage of little over 8 hours and enjoyinga celebratory g & t, being regaled by tales, not all ,of which we had heard before, of Mike's childhood here. He was of course born with webbed feet and able to paint a vivid picture of the Ballyholme/Bangor waterfront pre- the very grand  marina. We wandered up the street to Coyle's Bar for  a light snack, and soto bed.