Ferries, freighters and fishing boats

Wild Carol does Australia
John and Fiona Fraser
Wed 8 Jun 2011 18:37
54:27.8N 5:14.5W
Well, we're off, finally!  Left Troon just after 7 this morning and motored out into a calm sea but with lots of squally showers.  Motored until 6pm before we finally got a decent wind. Now sailing at 6 knots with a westerly wind. We're aiming to make Falmouth in one leg.  The forecast looks favourable.  We're off the east coast of Northern Ireland at the moment.  Lot's of activity, fishing boats, freighters.  Passing Loch Ryan we saw two of the new fast ferries to Ireland.  Max is in the galley.  Not sure what's on the menu tonight but it will be delicious as usual, I'm sure.  Iain has been driving the guys to distraction with his unsolvable OYT riddles.  He may end up over the side at this rate.  We've made pretty good progress, 70 miles so far today in less than 12 hours.  Looks like we'll be dodging fishing boats all night.  This will be first time sending the blog by sat phone as we are out of mobile range.
PS Had to cut out photos to send it.