Blimey Pottsy you are a hard taskmaster!!
What had been initially predicted as a dodgy day weatherwise actually proved to be a great day – except for the final few miles.
The day started though with the introduction of a chap called Andy to me at the briefing. Hi Andy etc etc. Initially I was a bit dense - then I realized – that Andy! Welcome and well done for the effort needed to join the challenge after your initial issues.
Better weather than expected allowed a 9am departure from Dun Laoughaire and a wonderful run across Dublin bay and a cut to the east to pass between Howth and Ireland’s Eye. North up past Lamby Island and towards Rockabill Lighthouse for a photo opportunity with the smaller boats.
From Rockabill a 50 passage taking us about 14 miles offshore towards Strangford Lough where we had planned to stop for lunch. We entered the entrance to the Lough about ½ mile to find a spot to raft up but instead just drifted with the very fierce flood tide. There is a large tidal energy structure and the speed of tide past it was just incredible.
Back out of the Lough and the run up to Bangor. Rather a shame I didn’t have the RIB.net app on my phone as 14 miles offshore I had 3G access and was checking emails, the news etc – bizarre!
The wind/tide picked up and slowed the boats and a fierce rainstorm was just outrun. A brief discussion also ensued on the benefits (or not) of an aluminum RIB in a thunderstorm – opinions varied so we just agreed that they would keep clear of Top Hat and sacrifice themselves for the greater good! ☺
Into Bangor and another long fuel stop. I will never complain about Cobbs Quay again where we can get 3 – 4 boats on the fuel berth and fill diesel and petrol at the same time. The staff at Bangor were wonderful though and also agreed to waive mooring charges – thank you!
Apple Attaque had a challenging day and spent much of it being towed by the Redbay towards the Redbay factory to resolve engine issues – fingers crossed for Paul Lemmer and John Aldis.
The evening meeting agreed that the smaller RIB s (8 in number) will depart at 5am as Monday is a very long 180 mile (or so) day with the need for a mid run fuel top up. We have a plan that takes us between many islands on the later stages of the trip which should be interesting.
So given my 4.15am alarm call you will excuse me if I pop off to bed. Photos (some of which are fabulous) to follow
Willk – could I ask a favour? You mention that you are meeting us in Killibegs? If you happen to have the time would you be able to pick me up one of those multicard readers than can read a CF card? I have all the relevant cables but need a reader and am struggling to get one as I am never anywhere useful when the relevant shops are open – thanks. Of course I will pay you handsomely!!
PS: The 'Girls' in pink are Mo Montgomery-Swan and Hannah Glatzel. They are 17 and 18 respectively and are (predictably if they are up for this sort of challenge) pretty feisty/tough characters - yes I am scared!!
Hannah is raising money for the Leonard Cheshire Home in Poole where she volunteers as part of the trip (all monies raised to the charity). The pink is just about standing out - not that they really need to as there has been a real interest in them wherever they have stopped - girl power! They are working/running alongside the other Highfield RIB run by Steve/Dave
Distance travelled: 96 miles (ish)
Fuel used: 300 litres
Distance travelled: 536 miles
Fuel used: 1727 litres