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    Description:

This is just a test

Date:

01:45pm 06/03/2020

Latitude:

53.8253519 (53°49’31”N)

Longitude:

-1.2223865 (1°13’20”W)

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Return to Whitehaven

    Description:

3.76 knots - bearing 135.41


Back to where we started. 161 miles from Arklow, 1862 miles in total. We had our ups and downs, but it was great fun and well worth it.

Date:

12:50pm 08/08/2008

Latitude:

54.55299 (54°33’10”N)

Longitude:

-3.59653 (3°35’47”W)

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St Bees Head

    Description:

Just around this headland is the port of Whitehaven where we started this adventure nearly 6 weeks ago. We're hoping to be through the sealock just after midday...nearly there!

Date:

09:52am 08/08/2008

Latitude:

54.40715 (54°24’25”N)

Longitude:

-3.657907 (3°39’28”W)

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Off Isle of Man

    Description:

4.45 knots - bearing 050.34

Land spotted off the port bow. We're about half way between Anglesey and the Isle of Man, having made very good time, but punching tide now.

Date:

08:56pm 07/08/2008

Latitude:

53.73218 (53°43’55”N)

Longitude:

-4.829432 (4°49’45”W)

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Mizen Head

    Description:

6.03 knots - bearing 046.11

The journey home! 197 miles previous leg, about 150 this leg. Left Arklow at 08:00 to catch the strong northerly tides up the Irish coast, which we can see today. No wind at the moment, but NW forecast later. Tri-sail rigged instead of the missing main sail, boom lashed to guard...

Date:

09:27am 07/08/2008

Latitude:

52.8696236 (52°52’10”N)

Longitude:

-6.005212 (6°0’18”W)

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Arklow

    Description:

Entered the narrow entrance in visibility of less than 150 metres. Fuel and water taken on, then the sun came out. Rafted up against Donegal Breeze, thanks for the beer.

Date:

05:58pm 06/08/2008

Latitude:

52.7942 (52°47’39”N)

Longitude:

-6.145423 (6°8’43”W)

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BOOM!

    Description:

It was all going so well...and then the boom snapped in half. We're now limping towards Arklow for fuel, water and emergency repair

Date:

03:16pm 06/08/2008

Latitude:

52.6309 (52°37’51”N)

Longitude:

-6.0574 (6°3’26”W)

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Tuska Rock

    Description:

Just passing the SE tip of Ireland.

6.33 knots - bearing 033.54

Date:

09:54am 06/08/2008

Latitude:

52.1106 (52°6’38”N)

Longitude:

-6.0179 (6°1’4”W)

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Celtic Sea

    Description:

5.91 knots - bearing 359.98

Left the Scilly Isles at 06:30 bound for Arklow, 170 miles and 35 hours away. F5-6 S/SW and moderate/rough.

Date:

08:30am 05/08/2008

Latitude:

50.104803 (50°6’17”N)

Longitude:

-6.32589166 (6°19’33”W)

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Tresco

    Description:

A glorious sunny day spent exploring the island and re-charging the batteries ahead of the long haul, 300 plus miles, north for the final leg.

Date:

07:31pm 04/08/2008

Latitude:

49.961 (49°57’39”N)

Longitude:

-6.3316 (6°19’53”W)

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Beach

    Description:

Meniscus on the beach again to remove seaweed and other materials from prop and to check nut and split pin. A fantastic sky full of stars to the horizon, a clear milky way as well as shooting stars.
0.00 knots - bearing 008.39

Date:

12:06am 04/08/2008

Latitude:

49.959 (49°57’32”N)

Longitude:

-6.3322 (6°19’55”W)

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Old Grimsby

    Description:

Less than an hours trip around the other side of Tresco to Old Grimsby, and the sun is coming out, with St Martin's in the background

Date:

07:08pm 03/08/2008

Latitude:

49.96098 (49°57’39”N)

Longitude:

-6.331068 (6°19’51”W)

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New Grimsby

    Description:

0.22 knots - bearing 183.30

Arrived and on a mooring between Tresco and Bryher. We have made it to the Isles of Scilly, let's hope the weather is a little more clement tomorrow. 76 miles today, 1503 todate.

Date:

08:30pm 02/08/2008

Latitude:

49.95643 (49°57’23”N)

Longitude:

-6.34458 (6°20’40”W)

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Transit

    Description:

5.14 knots - bearing 265.51

On to the transit to lead us 157 degrees into a safe mooring in the Scilly Isles.

Date:

07:57pm 02/08/2008

Latitude:

49.9845513 (49°59’4”N)

Longitude:

-6.35364 (6°21’13”W)

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Stb Martins

    Description:

5.53 knots - bearing 304.67

A few miles south of Land's End, making good progress in moderate seas and F4 winds.

Date:

07:26pm 02/08/2008

Latitude:

49.98457 (49°59’4”N)

Longitude:

-6.286043 (6°17’9”W)

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Lands End

    Description:

5.53 knots - bearing 304.67

A few miles south of Land's End, making good progress in moderate seas and F4 winds.

Date:

02:03pm 02/08/2008

Latitude:

49.97173 (49°58’18”N)

Longitude:

-5.726512 (5°43’35”W)

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Lizard Point

    Description:

9.08 knots - bearing 298.05

Due south from Falmouth to here, now west to the Scilly Isles.

Date:

10:24am 02/08/2008

Latitude:

49.94098 (49°56’27”N)

Longitude:

-5.22757166 (5°13’39”W)

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Falmouth Bay

    Description:

4.63 knots - bearing 167.02

07:00 departure, allowing us to be at Lizard Point at slack water. Heading for the Isles of Scilly as we now have a weather window, let's hope it lasts!

Date:

07:49am 02/08/2008

Latitude:

50.11039 (50°6’37”N)

Longitude:

-5.025864 (5°1’33”W)

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Falmouth

    Description:

Arrived in the river Fal just as the coastguard issued a weather warning for an imminent F8! We'll probably be here for about 24 hours until it's blown over. 121 miles in 21 hours, 1427 miles in total. Time for bed...
It's Kens Birthday. Pat has sent a cake!!

Date:

05:49am 31/07/2008

Latitude:

50.15401 (50°9’14”N)

Longitude:

-5.065608 (5°3’56”W)

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Eddystone

    Description:

5.72 knots - bearing 259.54

Passing just south of the lighthouse en route to Falmouth.

Date:

11:35pm 30/07/2008

Latitude:

50.158892 (50°9’32”N)

Longitude:

-4.260322 (4°15’37”W)

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Start Point

    Description:

3.97 knots - bearing 263.39

Missing out Brixham & Dartmouth and heading to Cornwall. If the weather front holds off long enough we're going to make a dash for Falmouth and sit it out there. Another video of Portland Bill.

Date:

06:03pm 30/07/2008

Latitude:

50.5236 (50°31’24”N)

Longitude:

-2.4861303 (2°29’10”W)

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Portland Bill

    Description:

5.75 knots - bearing 249.67

Through the race around Portland Bill, and we got a bit wet! Making good progress...before an F8 comes our way.

Date:

09:52am 30/07/2008

Latitude:

50.508457 (50°30’30”N)

Longitude:

-2.48613 (2°29’10”W)

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Pat Visits Weymouth

    Description:

Pat brings Skye to Weymouth

Date:

03:30pm 29/07/2008

Latitude:

50.6065 (50°36’23”N)

Longitude:

-2.4523 (2°27’8”W)

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Weymouth 1

    Description:

A blustery, but sunny at times, day in Weymouth. Lots of boats rafted up in this pretty little harbour. The bridge up river opens at set times to allow access to the marina. Josh the trainee navigator tries out a buoyancy aid for size.

Date:

03:01pm 29/07/2008

Latitude:

50.60646 (50°36’23”N)

Longitude:

-2.45251 (2°27’9”W)

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Weymouth 2

    Description:

0.10 knots - bearing 096.88

On a pontoon in The Cove. What a lovely place.

Date:

12:09pm 28/07/2008

Latitude:

50.6065 (50°36’23”N)

Longitude:

-2.4520 (2°27’7”W)

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The Needles

    Description:

7.13 knots - bearing 255.13

Right turn towards Anvil Point.

Date:

07:21am 28/07/2008

Latitude:

50.660898 (50°39’39”N)

Longitude:

-1.615515 (1°36’55”W)

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Sconce Point

    Description:

5.35 knots - bearing 253.66

Away at 06:20 heading for the Needles to the west of the IOW. Sunset and sunrise over the harbour.

Date:

06:37am 28/07/2008

Latitude:

50.710132 (50°42’36”N)

Longitude:

-1.52036 (1°31’13”W)

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Yarmouth

    Description:

A jolly enjoyable sail through the Solent to this busy harbour on a glorious sunny day. A beat to windward in the company of numerous other boats. 46 miles today, 1269 in total so

Date:

07:25pm 27/07/2008

Latitude:

50.70581 (50°42’20”N)

Longitude:

-1.50429 (1°30’15”W)

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West Solent

    Description:

2.48 knots - bearing 345.51

What a glorious day to be out and about

Date:

02:37pm 27/07/2008

Latitude:

50.77898 (50°46’44”N)

Longitude:

-1.308637 (1°18’31”W)

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Folly Inn

    Description:

A quick lunchtime stop for some refreshments. Apparently we got a mention in our village church this morning!

Date:

12:18pm 27/07/2008

Latitude:

50.73334 (50°44’0”N)

Longitude:

-1.282233 (1°16’56”W)

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Cowes

    Description:

4.37 knots - bearing 270.32

Left turn to head up the river Medina. Lots of boats here, my goodness it's busy.

Date:

11:42am 27/07/2008

Latitude:

50.76908 (50°46’8”N)

Longitude:

-1.28831 (1°17’17”W)

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Hovercraft

    Description:

50451.818N 1925.104W
4.04 knots - bearing 299.73

Portsmouth to Ryde service, and it was shifting.

Date:

10:31am 27/07/2008

Latitude:

50.750505 (50°45’1”N)

Longitude:

-1.15697 (1°9’25”W)

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Portsmouth

    Description:

5.04 knots - bearing 280.39

Heading across the buoyed channel past Portsmouth.

Date:

09:26am 27/07/2008

Latitude:

50.730887 (50°43’51”N)

Longitude:

-1.03787 (1°2’16”W)

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Solent

    Description:

4.99 knots - bearing 221.22

Away at 06:45, heading for the river Medina on the Isle of Wight.

Date:

08:22am 27/07/2008

Latitude:

50.757778 (50°45’28”N)

Longitude:

-0.94904 (-0°56’56”E)

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Chichester Marina

    Description:

A visit by Martin's grandchildren and family enabled time for a spot of fishing. Maintenance was carried out on the boat, before an orange sunset

Date:

06:45pm 26/07/2008

Latitude:

50.80374 (50°48’13”N)

Longitude:

-.823677 (-°49’25”E)

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Chichester

    Description:

0.09 knots - bearing 294.86

Yesterday after a good sleep and a freshen up, we ventured into town, and a lovely place it is too. Today we'll be chilling out and planning the next stages of the journey.

Date:

08:49am 26/07/2008

Latitude:

50.8365 (50°50’11”N)

Longitude:

-0.7787 (-0°46’43”E)

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Selsey Bill

    Description:

5.44 knots - bearing 270.91

Round the headland and up towards the rivers of Chichester. The lights of The Isle of Wight and Portsmouth flicker in the distance. The pics are of a sleack vessel that passed us earlier.

Date:

03:08am 25/07/2008

Latitude:

50.69515 (50°41’42”N)

Longitude:

-0.8687 (-0°52’7”E)

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Eastbourne

    Description:

A quick refuel and more water and we'll be off again.

Date:

04:50pm 24/07/2008

Latitude:

50.7908 (50°47’26”N)

Longitude:

0.3272 (0°19’37”E)

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Dungeness

    Description:

7.18 knots - bearing 227.00


Rounding another point with the chute out.

Date:

11:57am 24/07/2008

Latitude:

50.90955 (50°54’34”N)

Longitude:

0.998897 (0°59’56”E)

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South Foreland

    Description:

8.24 knots - bearing 215.08

Entering the busy Dover Straights, passing the White Cliffs.

Date:

08:48am 24/07/2008

Latitude:

51.14293 (51°8’34”N)

Longitude:

1.39947 (1°23’58”E)

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North Foreland

    Description:

Sunrise after having crossed the Thames estuary.

Date:

05:30am 24/07/2008

Latitude:

51.40793 (51°24’28”N)

Longitude:

1.525465 (1°31’31”E)

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Orfordness

    Description:

6.86 knots - bearing 197.33

A good E wind has picked up and we're making good progress. A few boats from earlier.

Date:

11:11pm 23/07/2008

Latitude:

52.0428 (52°2’34”N)

Longitude:

1.69066 (1°41’26”E)

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Hopton on Sea

    Description:

2.01 knots - bearing 182.94

A quick pie and a pint and now back on the "road" to Ramsey...or beyond! Good E winds predicted so we aim to press on. Thanks for the beer Joan + it was lovely to see Peter and Helena too. A video I made this morning.

Date:

12:33pm 23/07/2008

Latitude:

52.5246 (52°31’28”N)

Longitude:

1.761 (1°45’39”E)

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Great Yarmouth

    Description:

Alongside the Town Hall Quay, after a 36 hour sail. 217 miles this leg.

Date:

12:32pm 23/07/2008

Latitude:

52.60579 (52°36’20”N)

Longitude:

1.724425 (1°43’27”E)

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River Yare

    Description:

Making our way up the river to the Town Hall Quay
23/07/2008 12:00:25

Date:

12:01pm 23/07/2008

Latitude:

52.57231 (52°34’20”N)

Longitude:

1.735535 (1°44’7”E)

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Caister Road

    Description:

52.68540833 1.76655
Down the channel past the wind farm.
23/07/2008 10:54:13

Date:

10:54am 23/07/2008

Latitude:

52.68540833 (52°41’7”N)

Longitude:

1.76655 (1°45’59”E)

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Cromer

    Description:

2.61 knots - bearing 134.52

The mist starts to lift to reveal the north Norfolk coast and a big boat. The tide will be against us until about 09:00, when it will then push us around to Great Yarmouth...just in time for a pint at lunch time!

Date:

06:19am 23/07/2008

Latitude:

53.0233 (53°1’23”N)

Longitude:

1.36664 (1°21’59”E)

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Spurn Head

    Description:

4.93 knots - bearing 133.77

Probably the closest we'll be to home...for a while. It's a lovely evening with the sun setting into the sea.

Date:

08:41pm 22/07/2008

Latitude:

53.60574 (53°36’20”N)

Longitude:

.50625 (°30’22”E)

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Whitby

    Description:

5.48 knots - bearing 137.86

11 knots of wind off the beam to starboard and making good progress, which is very pleasing after the weather held us up for 3 days in North Shields. We should be home before Christmas!

Date:

08:07am 22/07/2008

Latitude:

54.5246 (54°31’28”N)

Longitude:

-0.53447 (-0°32’4”E)

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Marsden Bay

    Description:

3.51 knots - bearing 118.63

Left Royal Quays Marina lock at 00:00, headed out of the Tyne and we're now heading SE for Great Yarmouth...200 miles away, 40 hours. Ken has joined us, so we're 3 up on 4 hour shifts.

Date:

12:56am 22/07/2008

Latitude:

54.9912 (54°59’28”N)

Longitude:

-1.35462 (1°21’16”W)

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Quayside Newcastle

    Description:

Saturday & Sunday weather not good, so no progress made. Decided to go for a jolly up river today, so we came up as far as the blinking eye. Did some sight seeing on the Quayside, including the bamboo bridge and the merchants house. Gabriel brought his dad and gran to see us and inspect the boat, and now fancies a spot...

Date:

01:30pm 20/07/2008

Latitude:

54.97077 (54°58’14”N)

Longitude:

-1.59784 (1°35’52”W)

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Up the Tyne

    Description:

Pat takes the tiller as we proceed up the Tyne towards Quay-side.

Date:

09:30am 20/07/2008

Latitude:

54.9871 (54°59’13”N)

Longitude:

-1.4974 (1°29’50”W)

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North Shields

    Description:

Tied up in the Royal Quays Marina...time for bed! Interestingly we have just done the coast to coast (C2C) Whitehaven to Tynemouth, just gone the long way round. We'll start heading back now. 49 miles this last leg, 786 in total.

Date:

11:39pm 18/07/2008

Latitude:

54.99478 (54°59’41”N)

Longitude:

-1.452055 (1°27’7”W)

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Farne Islands

    Description:

...

Date:

03:55pm 18/07/2008

Latitude:

55.6237 (55°37’25”N)

Longitude:

-1.6886 (1°41’18”W)

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Holy Island

    Description:

Anchored up looking out across the Farne Islands

Date:

07:13am 18/07/2008

Latitude:

55.66633 (55°39’58”N)

Longitude:

-1.795245 (1°47’42”W)

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Night Sail

    Description:

6.21 knots - bearing 178.49

Had a short sleep, now it's my watch for a few hours. Watching the fluorescent algae out of the back of the boat is facincting, it's like lot's of little sparks in the water. Remember those postcards, well here's one of the Firth of Forth...at night!

Date:

11:52pm 17/07/2008

Latitude:

56.30188 (56°18’6”N)

Longitude:

-1.779 (1°46’44”W)

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Dolphins

    Description:

The dolphins were very popular...so here are some more, and these are a different sort! There were 5 in total.

Date:

05:20pm 17/07/2008

Latitude:

56.8544 (56°51’15”N)

Longitude:

-1.817843 (1°49’4”W)

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Firth of Forth

    Description:

.23 knots - bearing 175.92

We considered changing course to Arbroth, but have now decided to go straight for Holy Island. So it's due south across the Forth.
We waved farewell to John & Alex on yacht 'Hippy Chick' and thanked them for all their help and for their good company.
This leg...

Date:

01:33pm 17/07/2008

Latitude:

57.23275 (57°13’57”N)

Longitude:

-1.8657 (1°51’56”W)

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Buchan Ness

    Description:

5.22 knots - bearing 192.80

Left Peterhead at 11:00 to get the tide pushing us south en route to Stonehaven. Pics of Duet in Peterhead marina, on which Alastair sailed with the OYC many years ago.

Date:

11:29am 17/07/2008

Latitude:

57.45731 (57°27’26”N)

Longitude:

-1.77023 (1°46’12”W)

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On the Peterhead Beach

    Description:

A late night operation involving 5 people, 2 dingies, a lot of anchor warp and a little bit of shouting...Meniscus went up the beach. Late to bed to make sure she settled and up early to start work. It's amazing how slowly the tide goes out and how quick it comes in when you're wanting to dry out! The original split pin...

Date:

11:07pm 16/07/2008

Latitude:

57.4961 (57°29’45”N)

Longitude:

-1.7941 (1°47’38”W)

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New Prop Fitted

    Description:

0.20 knots - bearing 346.60

Job done. Before and after pics. We'll refloat at about midnight.

Date:

06:59pm 16/07/2008

Latitude:

57.4961 (57°29’45”N)

Longitude:

-1.7941 (1°47’38”W)

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Peterhead Day2

    Description:

0.04 knots - bearing 000.00

After a few more dips by Alastair we established that the key is missing and got a rough idea of it's size. Then along came Alf the diver, who very kindly measured all things prop related. A replacement prop has arrived today, but we're still waiting for a nut, key and split pin....

Date:

02:35pm 15/07/2008

Latitude:

57.4964 (57°29’47”N)

Longitude:

-1.7912 (1°47’28”W)

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Rattray Head

    Description:

6.36 knots - bearing 142.28

Leaving the Moray Firth, wind building, more forecast.

Date:

11:09am 14/07/2008

Latitude:

57.6142 (57°36’51”N)

Longitude:

-1.784 (1°47’2”W)

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Frazerburgh

    Description:

Reached this safe haven and are rafted up in fish docks. This is a very busy fishing harbour.
71 miles today, 598 in total so far.

Date:

10:04pm 13/07/2008

Latitude:

57.69266 (57°41’33”N)

Longitude:

-2.00157 (2°0’5”W)

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Engine Problems

    Description:

0.27 knots - bearing 000.00

Engine cut out due to a blockage. It took 2 hours to resolve whilst hove to and now back on our way. Due to time lost we're now making for Fraserburgh, 7 miles away.

Date:

08:15pm 13/07/2008

Latitude:

57.7752 (57°46’30”N)

Longitude:

-2.2057 (2°12’20”W)

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Dolphins2

    Description:

4.31 knots - bearing 135.91

The dolphins swam with us for about 3 hours! We just couldn't stop watching them.

Date:

11:29am 13/07/2008

Latitude:

58.2485 (58°14’54”N)

Longitude:

-2.6963 (2°41’46”W)

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Dolphins

    Description:

4.31 knots - bearing 135.91

Wow! Two dolphins ride the bow wav

Date:

11:29am 13/07/2008

Latitude:

58.2485 (58°14’54”N)

Longitude:

-2.6963 (2°41’46”W)

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Moray Firth

    Description:

4.76 knots - bearing 130.38

Left Wick at 08:15 on passage to Peterhead. Light winds, flat sea and the sun is out. Wind forecast to pick up later. SE for 75 miles!

Date:

09:35am 13/07/2008

Latitude:

58.3637 (58°21’49”N)

Longitude:

-2.934 (2°56’2”W)

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Wick

    Description:

36 miles today, now back on mainland. 527 in total so far. Pic of lighthouse on Noss Head

Date:

05:49pm 12/07/2008

Latitude:

58.43889 (58°26’20”N)

Longitude:

-3.084052 (3°5’2”W)

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Skerry of Ness

    Description:

0.00 knots - bearing 000.00

Slipped moorings, destination Wick

Date:

05:39pm 12/07/2008

Latitude:

58.95403 (58°57’14”N)

Longitude:

-3.29135 (3°17’28”W)

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Duncansby Head

    Description:

Passing John o'Groats

Date:

03:18pm 12/07/2008

Latitude:

58.63417 (58°38’3”N)

Longitude:

-3.01667 (3°1’0”W)

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Stroma

    Description:

5.36 knots - bearing 141.80

Crossing the Pentland Firth

Date:

02:45pm 12/07/2008

Latitude:

58.6909 (58°41’27”N)

Longitude:

-3.0842 (3°5’3”W)

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Swona

    Description:

6.12 knots - bearing 186.38

Date:

02:18pm 12/07/2008

Latitude:

58.73213 (58°43’55”N)

Longitude:

-3.0789 (3°4’44”W)

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Gutter Sound

    Description:

6.16 knots - bearing 152.55

Short cut out of Scapa Flow

Date:

01:04pm 12/07/2008

Latitude:

58.8438 (58°50’37”N)

Longitude:

-3.189 (3°11’20”W)

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Skerry of Ness

    Description:

0.00 knots - bearing 000.00

Slipped moorings, destination Wick

Date:

12:24pm 12/07/2008

Latitude:

58.95403 (58°57’14”N)

Longitude:

-3.29135 (3°17’28”W)

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Scapa Flow

    Description:

7.15 knots - bearing 169.33

Left Stromness at 11:30 to get tides right here and in the Pentland Firth.

Date:

12:24pm 12/07/2008

Latitude:

58.90614 (58°54’22”N)

Longitude:

-3.21492 (3°12’53”W)

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Swither

    Description:

5.92 knots - bearing 163.16

Date:

01:42am 12/07/2008

Latitude:

58.7867 (58°47’12”N)

Longitude:

-3.11732 (3°7’2”W)

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Kirkwall

    Description:

Caught the bus to the Orkney capital, overlooking Wide Firth, and are doing some sightseeing. The bus trip was the fastest we've been over the ground for 2 weeks!

Date:

06:56pm 11/07/2008

Latitude:

58.9857 (58°59’8”N)

Longitude:

-2.9572 (2°57’25”W)

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St Margarets

    Description:

0.01 knots - bearing 128.44

We'll be coming through the Sound of Hoxa tomorrow on our way south out of Scapa Flow.

Date:

01:34pm 11/07/2008

Latitude:

58.8257 (58°49’32”N)

Longitude:

-2.9598 (2°57’35”W)

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East Orkney

    Description:

38.05 knots - bearing 217.05

During WW1 block ships were used to protect the British fleet in Scapa Flow, until 14th October 1939 when U47 got in and sank the Royal Oak. Churchill ordered the building of the barriers.

Date:

01:18pm 11/07/2008

Latitude:

58.87982 (58°52’47”N)

Longitude:

-2.90596 (2°54’21”W)

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No Sail today

    Description:

0.00 knots - bearing 000.00

The decision has been taken not to leave today, due to the adverse weather conditions. A low pressure system is moving NE past us and causing high winds and rough seas. This combined with the normal potentially hazardous conditions in the Pentland Firth means it's probably not...

Date:

07:43am 11/07/2008

Latitude:

58.9645 (58°57’52”N)

Longitude:

-3.2946 (3°17’40”W)

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Stromness

    Description:

0.03 knots - bearing 000.00

Exploring a small part of these northerly islands.

Date:

04:30pm 10/07/2008

Latitude:

58.9645 (58°57’52”N)

Longitude:

-3.2946 (3°17’40”W)

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Approach Stromness

    Description:

6.12 knots - bearing 076.40

Another long day, but we've made it to Orkney. A skua guided us in.

Date:

09:41pm 09/07/2008

Latitude:

58.9188 (58°55’7”N)

Longitude:

-3.4657 (3°27’56”W)

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Orkney

    Description:

6.12 knots - bearing 076.40

Approaching Orkney from the SW. Next stop Stromness.

Date:

06:05pm 09/07/2008

Latitude:

58.825 (58°49’30”N)

Longitude:

-3.7691 (3°46’8”W)

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Route change

    Description:

5.89 knots - bearing 037.75

Turned 45 degrees to port and are now heading straight to the Orkney Isles as conditions are good.

Date:

12:20pm 09/07/2008

Latitude:

58.6624 (58°39’44”N)

Longitude:

-4.7702 (4°46’12”W)

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Cape Wrath

    Description:

8.22 knots - bearing 023.82

Just rounding the cape! Looking forward to a wee dram of Cardhu tonight, thanks David

Date:

10:47am 09/07/2008

Latitude:

58.63333 (58°37’59”N)

Longitude:

-5.032778 (5°1’58”W)

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Am Baig

    Description:

08:15 departure. Cape Wrath in 3 hours. Aiming for Scrabster tonight. 416 miles covered so far.

Date:

09:14am 09/07/2008

Latitude:

58.50139 (58°30’5”N)

Longitude:

-5.133333 (5°7’59”W)

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Kinlochbervie

    Description:

On Loch Inchard, 14 miles south of Cape Wrath.

Date:

10:40pm 08/07/2008

Latitude:

58.45798 (58°27’28”N)

Longitude:

-5.050213 (5°3’0”W)

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The Minch

    Description:

7.48 knots - bearing 070.01

About half way across. Sunshine, slight sea and wind.

Date:

01:41pm 08/07/2008

Latitude:

58.2211 (58°13’15”N)

Longitude:

-5.7606 (5°45’38”W)

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Eye Peninsula

    Description:

5.78 knots - bearing 095.98

Left Stornoway at 10:00 after refueling and having photo taken for the Stornoway Gazette. Kinlochbervie tonight, across a lot calmer Minch.

Date:

11:10am 08/07/2008

Latitude:

58.1733 (58°10’23”N)

Longitude:

-6.2477 (6°14’51”W)

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Stornoway 1

    Description:

Day off today, which coincides with a gale passing over. Had a deserved lie in and have jobs to do on boat as well as laundry etc. Lifeboat launched, let's hope all is well.
Green pins on the map and blog (thanks DavidOR) now represent where we've stopped between legs.

Date:

01:07pm 07/07/2008

Latitude:

58.20167 (58°12’6”N)

Longitude:

-6.383333 (6°22’59”W)

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Stornoway 2

    Description:

0.00 knots - bearing 127.30

Arrived after a hard 14 hour sail in not the best conditions!
9.5 miles out the jib sheet pully gave way, so we had to motor the last two hours. We were accompanied by about 6 dolphins, who showed us the way home.

Date:

11:13pm 06/07/2008

Latitude:

58.2105 (58°12’37”N)

Longitude:

-6.3898 (6°23’23”W)

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Rona

    Description:

5.66 knots - bearing 341.42

Wind and sea picking up for crossing to the Outer Hebrides.

Date:

01:41pm 06/07/2008

Latitude:

57.61391 (57°36’50”N)

Longitude:

-5.94828 (5°56’53”W)

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Eilean Beag

    Description:

5.23 knots - bearing 354.14

The start of the leg to Stornoway

Date:

10:43am 06/07/2008

Latitude:

57.34795 (57°20’52”N)

Longitude:

-5.865357 (5°51’55”W)

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Kyleakn

    Description:

0.00 knots - bearing 208.49

Greeted by Ronan on the Isle of Skye.

Date:

06:49pm 05/07/2008

Latitude:

57.27327 (57°16’23”N)

Longitude:

-5.724293 (5°43’27”W)

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Loch Alsh

    Description:

5.28 knots - bearing 321.85

The bridge to Skye.

Date:

06:13pm 05/07/2008

Latitude:

57.26386 (57°15’49”N)

Longitude:

-5.652 (5°39’7”W)

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Kyle of Rhea II

    Description:

Whoosh 7 knots of tide!

Date:

05:56pm 05/07/2008

Latitude:

57.23563 (57°14’8”N)

Longitude:

-5.65913 (5°39’32”W)

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Kyle of Rhea I

    Description:

Entering the Kyle

Date:

05:36pm 05/07/2008

Latitude:

57.20178 (57°12’6”N)

Longitude:

-5.669768 (5°40’11”W)

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Mallaig

    Description:

Mallaig and Loch Nevis to the left. Approaching Kyle Rhea where we should have 7 knots of tide with us!

Date:

03:21pm 05/07/2008

Latitude:

57.02359 (57°1’24”N)

Longitude:

-5.874907 (5°52’29”W)

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Ardnamurchan Point

    Description:

Right turn to pass Eigg and Rhum, then on to Skye. Only the two of us now Claire has jumped ship at Tobermory.

Date:

10:58am 05/07/2008

Latitude:

56.73003 (56°43’48”N)

Longitude:

-6.23097 (6°13’51”W)

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Round the Mull race

    Description:

On leaving Tobermory we got just in front of the round the island race...but not for long, as they raced part us.

Date:

09:44am 05/07/2008

Latitude:

56.65002 (56°39’0”N)

Longitude:

-6.121337 (6°7’16”W)

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Tobermory

    Description:

Wow! What a lovely place.

Date:

05:51pm 04/07/2008

Latitude:

56.62304 (56°37’22”N)

Longitude:

-6.064514 (6°3’52”W)

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Sound of Mull

    Description:

Left turn towards Tobermory.

Date:

02:13pm 04/07/2008

Latitude:

56.45399 (56°27’14”N)

Longitude:

-5.641295 (5°38’28”W)

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Firth of Lorne

    Description:

Waved goodbye to John, Dave & Nick on Hullabalu as they're off to Oban.
A gentle sail north for us now.

Date:

12:14pm 04/07/2008

Latitude:

56.26681 (56°16’0”N)

Longitude:

-5.653317 (5°39’11”W)

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Cuan Sound

    Description:

A short cut, but it's narrow.

Date:

12:02pm 04/07/2008

Latitude:

56.26328 (56°15’47”N)

Longitude:

-5.626668 (5°37’36”W)

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Torsa

    Description:

Left Craobh at 11:00 to get tides right for next passage.
We miss The Sound of Luing going this way.

Date:

11:54am 04/07/2008

Latitude:

56.2701 (56°16’12”N)

Longitude:

-5.609722 (5°36’34”W)

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Craobh Haven

    Description:

This video shows just how fab today was. We're approaching Dorus Mor and 9 knots of tide through the gap.

Date:

05:38pm 03/07/2008

Latitude:

56.21166 (56°12’41”N)

Longitude:

-5.557165 (5°33’25”W)

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Crinan Canal

    Description:

7.06 knots - bearing 302.82

Exited Crinan canal at 14:00, right turn to Craobh.

Date:

02:27pm 03/07/2008

Latitude:

56.09003 (56°5’24”N)

Longitude:

-5.552172 (5°33’7”W)

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Barge

    Description:

3.90 knots - bearing 310.64

It's flat in here!

Date:

12:59pm 03/07/2008

Latitude:

56.0679 (56°4’4”N)

Longitude:

-5.5201 (5°31’12”W)

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Cairnbaan

    Description:

for the night on the Crinan canal...and there's a pub! :-)

Date:

06:14pm 02/07/2008

Latitude:

56.06092 (56°3’39”N)

Longitude:

-5.470902 (5°28’15”W)

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Ardrishaig

    Description:

0.07 knots - bearing 115.91

Waiting for the lock to enter the Crinan Canal

Date:

03:20pm 02/07/2008

Latitude:

56.01218 (56°0’43”N)

Longitude:

-5.445923 (5°26’45”W)

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Loch Fyne

    Description:

Entering Loch Fyne we see a tall ship.

Date:

12:39pm 02/07/2008

Latitude:

55.81731 (55°49’2”N)

Longitude:

-5.306808 (5°18’24”W)

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Passing Loch Ranza

    Description:

5.91 knots - bearing 026.71

Waved 2 Rab on way 2 Loch Fyne
Entering Loch Fyne.

Date:

11:49am 02/07/2008

Latitude:

55.7342 (55°44’3”N)

Longitude:

-5.315073 (5°18’54”W)

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Up the Clyde

    Description:

3.03 knots - bearing 036.81

Left Campbeltown at 08:20 en route to Crinan Canal. F4-6 SE.

Date:

08:59am 02/07/2008

Latitude:

55.44359 (55°26’36”N)

Longitude:

-5.529608 (5°31’46”W)

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Cambeltown

    Description:


2.5 hours of interesting sea and we're now in the shelter. Up the mast again to rescue the main halyard, before an over due shower!


01 07 2008
04 41 pm

Date:

04:41pm 01/07/2008

Latitude:

55.42525 (55°25’30”N)

Longitude:

-5.603333 (5°36’11”W)

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on passage Sanda Island to Cambel Town

    Description:

Heading to Campbell Town to repair main halyard.

Date:

03:41pm 01/07/2008

Latitude:

55.3446 (55°20’40”N)

Longitude:

-5.4988 (5°29’55”W)

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Sanda Island

    Description:


We're going 2 make a dash 4 Campbelltown.


Date:

01:42pm 01/07/2008

Latitude:

55.28572 (55°17’8”N)

Longitude:

-5.581755 (5°34’54”W)

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Mull of Galloway

    Description:

At last

Date:

12:15pm 30/06/2008

Latitude:

54.63072 (54°37’50”N)

Longitude:

-4.901428 (4°54’5”W)

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Isle of Whithorn

    Description:

Pulled into Isle of Whithorn at 19:30 to get out of choppy seas.

Date:

09:14pm 29/06/2008

Latitude:

54.69828 (54°41’53”N)

Longitude:

-4.36341 (4°21’48”W)

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ETD Sunday midday

    Description:

If the weather is fair and all the jobs are done we intend to depart at 12:00 tomorrow. It's been a busy and long day!

Date:

11:33am 28/06/2008

Latitude:

54.5506 (54°33’2”N)

Longitude:

-3.5903 (3°35’25”W)

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Sunday departure!!

    Description:

Due to the number of remaining jobs it has been decided that we will delay our departure until Sunday 29th June 2008. We want to ensure that Meniscus is ready and properly prepared for her trip.
Melanie, from Whitehaven Marina, very kindly informed The Whitehaven News of our adventure, and subsequently they wrote...

Date:

12:50pm 26/06/2008

Latitude:

54.5505 (54°33’1”N)

Longitude:

-3.5901 (3°35’24”W)

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6 Days to go!!

    Description:

A busy weekend preparing the boat in the wind & rain, but still a long list of jobs to do. The track for the tri-sail is on, but there are more rivets to go in.
Meniscus passed an RNLI Sea Check and was described as a "well found boat".

Date:

04:38pm 22/06/2008

Latitude:

54.5503 (54°33’1”N)

Longitude:

-3.5897 (3°35’22”W)

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Wind Pilot

    Description:

Is this wind pilot ever going to fit?!?

Date:

01:34pm 10/06/2008

Latitude:

54.5504 (54°33’1”N)

Longitude:

-3.5899 (3°35’23”W)

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USE OF SITE

    Description:

PIN CODE
RED = Home Port
BLUE = On passage
GREEN = In port or at anchor and final post.
YELLOW = INSTRUCTIONS

NAVIGATE
Click PIN to open POST
Click POST title to Centre Map on location

THE IMAGE SHOWS THE COMPLETE ROUTE TAKEN BY MENISCUS OVER 6 WEEKS

Date:

12:01pm 10/06/2008

Latitude:

54.5507 (54°33’2”N)

Longitude:

-3.58899 (3°35’20”W)

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