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Old 15-05-2011, 12:28   #1
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Off to Ireland

Locking out of Liverpool tomorrow at 1030, bound for Glandore on the south coast of Eire, close to the Fastnet.
This will be my first long single handed sail, girlfriend joining in Crosshaven/Cork for a few days.
Plan to stop at Cemaes Bay in Angelsey tomorrow night before setting out towards Arklow. Its going to a slog, forecast is SW to W winds, F 5 to 6.

Wish me luck, I'll be off line in Ireland unless I can find free Wifi, roaming charges in Eire are horrendous.
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Good luck and Fair winds! Tell us how it goes when you can.
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Hi.... Passage Weather shows lighter winds 3-4 late Monday onwards but still not a great direction...
Good luck... hope it prove true and the biggy thats forecast midweek further N stays that way...
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GOOD LUCK and have a safe trip,,
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Hi.... Passage Weather shows lighter winds 3-4 late Monday onwards but still not a great direction...
Good luck... hope it prove true and the biggy thats forecast midweek further N stays that way...

Thanks all,

That big low, yep, I really hope it does stay to the north
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Winds have been N and E for months around the UK! You got the short end of the wind stick!
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Winds have been N and E for months around the UK! You got the short end of the wind stick!
Dont I know it, they'll go north and east in time for my return trip
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Not a great start, in fact no start. Forecast was F 5 to 6. Phoned the Liverpool pilots this morning and they reported sustained W'ly Force 8 at the Bar. Would not have made much headway, so still sitting on the berth, and will look at it again this evening, either a night sail to Anglesey, or hold off until tomorrow morning. All the forecast sites are showing a gradual decrease in wind speeds over the next couple of days
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wait for your weather window!
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Hi Nigel,
Good luck with the passage once you do get underway.
The good thing is it's a great early lesson that cruising and fixed timetables rarely work ok.........sit it out until the time is right to sail safely and really enjoy the trip. IMHO lifes far too short to waste precious moments on things that you do not enjoy (like heavy weather on the nose).
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Thanks all, its looking OK for Tuesday, I'll be able to make it to Camaes Bay in Anglesey in relative comfort, and that's a really sheltered anchorage with good holding, although have to watch out for the lobster pots in the bay.
Wednesday may be doable for the flog across to Ireland, think I'll just take the easiest course just to make the Irish coast rather than try and beat towards Arklow. Once on the coast I'll be in the lee and things will be more comfortable. Spent the day rubbing down and re-varnished the chart table, then helped one of the older gents in the marina getting his sails back on, no danger of not finding things to do.
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6-7 forecast for later on tuesday, dont push your luck, nasty place the Irish Sea.

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look on weatheronline.com,tyey are forcasting a prolonged period of northerlies in a week or so,looks promising,though these deep lows coming off the atlantic make accurate long rannge forcasts unreliable.
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6-7 forecast for later on tuesday, dont push your luck, nasty place the Irish Sea.

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hi Dave, hope to be close in to Anglesey by then, or if it comes in early, head into the Menai Straits and work down towards Caernafon, lots of options, should be plenty of vacant moorings in the Straits or tie up alongside the Prince Madog, easy access to the Liverpool Arms
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