Speedwell of Rhu Ship's Log

26 th to 27 th of July 2016 - Castle Haven

Crew : Helen and Andy
Destinations : Castle Haven.
Distance : 39 miles

We left our mooring at 9am. It was pretty foggy on and off throughout the day, so we used the radar when the fog came down. We tacked off shore as the wind was coming from the south west, the way we wanted to go. Initially, this wasn't a major problem as we wanted to give The Old Head of Kindle a wide berth. Shortly after we had left Kinsale, I discovered, for the first time, just how large a Minke Whale is when one came to the surface less than 10 metres from where I was sitting. Whoa!. We saw a few dolphins during the day, but none wanted to play.

Most of the time we couldn't see land due to the fog. We had a good sail for most of the day. It was just a shame we had to tack several times to get us around the headlands, as this added to the length of the journey. Eventually, as we passed Galley Head into Glendore Bay, we decided to motor sailed directly toward Castle Haven. Just as we were navigating between the rocky outcrops at the entrance the fog came down again and the wind came up. However, Castle Haven was beautifully protected and we were able to anchor in about 4 metres of water, off Castletownshead at around 18.30. It had been a long day and we were both tired. However, as I had finally received my pension this morning, after several anxious phone calls, we celebrated with a bottle of wine.

The following day the weather had improved so took a trip up the Rineen river in the tender. It started to rain as we motored back to the boat, but we used the umbrellas as very effective spray hoods. We took the tender ashore after lunch, walked around the very small village and had tea and cake in the Castle.  Andy then spent the afternoon scrubbing the weed off the underside of the hull whilst I renewed the sealant in the galley. 


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