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Old 08 September 2015, 17:34   #11
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But enough of that yoke! We finally made Ardbeg after a fair bit of bumping about. tonymac was a Star and stuck it rightly. Ardbeg is a fantastic spot to call into for cruising RIBs as they have their own quay, restaurant and (obviously) Whisky! This year the drachms were waiting on the quay for us, in souvenir glasses.

Slainte mhath!
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It got launched after us on Saturday. Saturday was sporty. A F5 on the nose all the way to Ardbeg with various tidal overfalls and interfaces to enliven the moment. We barely set eyes on the damn thing until we arrived, somewhat dizzy, at Ardbeg and there it was all tied up a serene at the end of the raft - our chance to get all snuggly with her....

....but we were waved off

That said, we got a few snaps of her twirling her assets at Rathlin later in the day:
That radar tower looks weak in the middle Nice aft deck, what's the "A" frame for?
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And so replenished (and fortified ) we headed SSW for Rathlin where we rounded the west light in very interesting water indeed. After the traditional "tea" in Rathlin we gained a passenger and headed back to HQ and the welcoming arms of a John Deere. Safely onshore, a quick wash was needed before hitting the boat club where Suzuki had laid on a particularly excellent barbeque and entertainment. Thanks Mark - an excellent night, just a shame I was too beat to do it justice, donegaldan would have been very disappointed in me
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Our return leg was to have been on Sunday, but skipper and crew were "tired" and the wx wasn't just exactly the right flavour of perfect, so we decided to rough it in Cushendall for another night Monday brought sunshine and moderate seas and we were escorted to the door

The cruise back encompassed the entire north coast of Ireland - Fair Head and Ballintoy (Game of Thrones county), Carrickarede rope bridge, Giant's Causeway, Rathlin, Malin Head, etc. We met porpoise, dolphin and a lone turtle. The sun shone, the sea was kind and we ran into Malin Harbour for a late (packed) lunch. Home in the evening and well tired after the few days away. All in all a great weekend, made special by the company and camaraderie encountered.

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That radar tower looks weak in the middle Nice aft deck, what's the "A" frame for?
I think the scale may not be obvious - that's massive tubular. The side decks are self draining under the aft deck. It's massive and extended over the transom. The gantry pivots out over the water. There is a roller on the aft end of the deck. It's a Fishery Protection/Enforcement vessel, so I guess they might wanna lift "stuff" from the water. It has a research role too, so who knows. No-one tells me stuff like that - it's probably classified
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BTW, I'm a huge fan of Ardbeg whisky. Apparently, the International Space Station crew are too...

Ardbeg reveals results of 'space whisky' experiment - BBC News
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And here's me thinking your favourite was Coal Ila!!


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Yeah! but they give Ardbeg away for free... you pays for the good stuff
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Yeah! but they give Ardbeg away for free...
Sure they do - the way fishermen put "free" mackerel in pots. Those wee drachms sit out there, wafting their alluring scent over the tide on the North wind - drawing us in.

You could probably class them as an Aid to Navigation too. No help going home, mind....
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Wilk I dont know why you are surprised at Tonymacs ability to make that jaunt to Ardbeg, He got a good education and shakedown in Mayo two weeks earlier. That where he was educated.
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