What a great weekend 8 Ribs with 22 people in total set of from Ty Calch to tackle the Irish sea. Big thanks to Chris and his team for not only launching us but they also looked after our trailers for the weekend.
We had a bad start to the day with Silverfox,s anchor getting firmly stuck in the sand as he waited for the rest of us to launch, seeing as he and i were sweeper boats we had to call the rest to wait at the outer buoy while Will and his crew struggled to dislodge it. In the end they had to cut it free and set off without one.
The weather was perfect, blue sky’s and a moderate wind. How lucky was we with the weather to the north and south having torrential rain.
After a 3 hour 30 minute crossing covering 72nm which included a halfway cake stop which Mrs. Pikey had made for the lads. We arrived to what can only be described as a sun soaked Dun Laoghaire.
Here we met up with Willk and donegaldan aboard Deep Six who had been out to meet us but unfortunately could not pick us up on the A.I.S. Willk and Dan then steered us to our moorings where we then had a brief chat about the crossing before proceeding to book the ribs into the marina for the night. Once this was completed and all skippers had been finger printed to check we were not criminals who had escaped from the uk we made our way to the hotel for a cool shower and a well earned Guinness. It was decided by most that they would pass on the river liffey afternoon cruise which was arranged for 4.30, seeing as Willk and donegaldan had arranged to meet Martin who had kindly offered to be our guide for this, myself and Mick decided to join them while the others enjoyed the sun soaked terrace of the 40foot bar sampling the Guinness. The river liffey trip for me turned out to be the highlight of the day, with a few of the local Dubliners giving us a wave and even kindley donating a deflated football to Micks Rib from one of the bridges, I did tell him not to fly the Red Ensign haa haa.
We arrived back at 6.45 just giving us enough time to dash to the hotel for a quick shower to meet the others for the evening meal which had been arranged for 7.30 at the 40foot bar. The food and service were 1st class considering their were 25 of us, choosing from the a la carte menu all the meals were served at the same time and were excellent quality for the price. After a few more pints of Guinness most of the crews turned in for the night leaving Willk, Hadd, Kerny, and a few more drunken ribsters to drink the night away in the hotel bar.
After a full English breakfast and a few stories about a drunken kerny wandering around the hotel for hours trying to find his room, we made our way back to the marina to be greeted by a misty wet Dublin Bay which was in total contrast to the day before. Willk and Dan decided to escort us out of the bay to Kish bank
where we said our farewells and thanked them for a great time in Dun Laoghaire.
The sea around the bay was a little lumpy but as we made our way to the next waypoint the mist lifted and the sky cleared giving us a great run back home to Caernarvon.
It was great to meet a few new faces and I would like to say a big thank you to Willk for helping me organize this and to Pikey Dave for being lead boat and setting a good sensible pace for all of us that made the trip. It was nice to see rocknrolla running at half throttle for a change even though it must have been very hard for him, I’m still wondering how he managed it for so long.
In total the trip there and back according to my GPS was 143nm with a further 14nm on the river liffey cruise. Thanks for those that made the trip it was great to spend a weekend with you all and it was great to meet a few new faces whom I’m sure will be on the next cruise. I’m sure you will all agree we could make this an annual cruise to Ireland.
Heres a few pictures of the Saturday crossing
When you get to the end of your rope..tie a knot and hang on..!!