Hi Bruce, Ian (Cypman) and I waited for you until...er, we got bored. Around 12.30 or so. Anyway we had a good time laughing at the arrival of the Olympic flame. It arrived at the quay in a huge fanfare of police cars, runners and sideshow freaks. It was taken onto the lifeboat which then launched down the slipway meeting just about every IOM government boat in
existance, each loaded with hangers-on and media types who filmed and photographed furiously. The lifeboat went across the harbour (about 150 yards) and the flame-carrier then disembarked.
Anyway, back in Peel...........Callum showed up early in his beautiful Redbay, he had had a good rundown in perfect conditions on the Friday. There were several other ribs from N. Ireland, on the breakwater whom I did not get chance to talk too as they were, ehem, rather unsteady on their feet and I have trouble tuning my ears to their speech, especially when said speech is slighly slurred.
Peel marina was packed to the gunnels and it may have been possible to cross from side to side by walking across the decks of the boats moored there.
It would probably be wise to book ahead for a space in the marina (either Douglas or Peel) if you intend to visit during TT week.