Having had a good cruise in New Zealand at the beginning of the year, commissioning could not start till mid March.
The broad plan was to go to France, but carry charts for Ireland, with the final decision when we got to the Scillies. We got away in mid May, and after a cold trip to Falmouth made our way out to the Scillies. In view of some optimism from the Met office, we opted to go to Ireland and try for the west coast..…
Eventually we got as far as Clew Bay on the west coast, which had been our target. The wind kindly turned round and brought us back to Dingle. Both crossings of the Shannon estuary were fast reaches enabling us to cover the 81 miles between Aran Islands and Dingle in daylight - great sailing!
Then it all turned a bit sour with several gales in July. But we found good shelter for each of them in Kenmare, Bantry and eventually up the Ilen River near Baltimore.
On the way back to the Scillies, I got a reefing line round a winch, and it broke when we gybed; and in the Scillies the cabin heating packed up and the outboard would not start. The reefing line was repaired in Falmouth with the help of Marc from Midday Sun.
The weather improved steadily and we had some glorious sailing along the South Coast after motoring from the Scillies to Helford.
In total we covered 1495 miles
Rainbows and Reflections 2009 PDF Log
The Log of this trip is available in the following form to friends. Contact me if you would like to see one of the publications.
If agreed, it will normally be delivered via Dropbox.