In a mad cap 30 hours, I travelled to Crosshaven from Dingle with help from the Suzuki boys - thanks fellas, took a very expensive cab ride from Crosshaven to Rosslare, boarded the 20.45 ferry to Pembroke Dock - with Team Oban, arriving at 1.00 am Sat morning, had the car hitched to the trailer by 01.30 am and back on the ferry to Rosslare leaving at 02.45 am. Landed at 7.00 am and drove to Dingle (any further west it would be in Manhattan), loaded up Merlin then drove back to Rosslare and made the 20.45 sailing to Pembroke, then the slog up to Newcastle yet to come.
All achieved with the aid of Tramadol and Muscle relaxants
Sadly when up on the trailer in Dingle, it was all too apparent that the stainless under floor tank on Merlin is split, so if not for my back, this would also be cause for retirement. Quite a pain getting this repair done I think, but maybe time for suspension seats !
Altogether a brilliant event made so by the calibre of people taking part. It was a privilege for me to boat with them and I maybe more than anyone , had the sharpest learning curve over the last 8 days, so lots to digest post event.
Sorry if this has all seemed a little disjointed, but its been hard to manage sleep and have time to write...(I don't know how Paul G does it ...he is a machine!) and for everyone who has rescued me, helped me, looked out for me, encouraged me or cared, I am extremely grateful. Thanks