So we have started! It seems rather strange really as for us having travelled from Poole this is actually Day 4 but for a good percentage of the teams it is their first day with a number of teams meeting at Kilmore Quay this morning.
Kilmore Quay is one of those places that is easy to ignore as most charts (including the navionics charts on the Raymarine plotter & iPad) show it as a drying harbour but it very much isn’t and there is access at all states of the tide and it seems a pretty busy fishing port. It does show you how charts can be wrong though and I remember on the GBR Rally 2010 that the charts were out of date then – it seems amazing that the charting authorities and/or publishers are so behind on these things.
Kilmore Quay is lovely though and we enjoyed a typically Irish hospitality.
The highlight of the evening before departure was chatting to an Irish couple by the marina, when they learnt of the challenge the chap just commented “you mad fokk**s”
The highlight of the morning was the best breakfast baps ever. Get to the convenience store at Kilmore Quay and I will refund you your flight cost if you disagree!! ☺
We depart about 10 and are accompanied/shepparded by Bramble a local Ribcraft helmed/owned by Phillip. The conditions are great with wind and tide both heading north so we make good progress on flat seas.
The morning’s briefing touched on Andy’s situation the day before and reinforced the benefit of appropriate kit and working in teams wherever possible. 7 of the smaller RIBs are to run together with Top Hat acting as cover and it works like a dream for most of the passage with the RIBs keeping close and slowing or stopping as necessary.
After lunch tied up in Wicklow we get a bit spread out but the run to Dun Laoghaire was only 15 miles. Running between Dalkey Island and the mainland led us towards the port and our berths.
Frustratingly whilst they were all very nice the fuel staff would only let one RIB tie up at a time on the fuel berth which made for a long slow refuelling process with the whole process taking over two hours.
A good meal and off to bed for a 0830 brief at the Team Suzuki bus which is sponsoring the event and meeting us each night. I believe we each get a free 250Hp outboard upon completion. Actually I could be dreaming that.
And by the way a link to Andy's post explaining what happened yesterday with the incident off Wales
Round ireland 2013
PPS: Photos to come
Distance travelled: 75 miles (ish)
Fuel used: 240 litres
Distance travelled: 440 miles
Fuel used: 1427 litres