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5th September, 2018

A gentle potter westward across the Irish sea overnight following the northern coast of Wales, saw us approaching the island of Anglesey the next morning. The weather provided a glorious morning, sunshine all around and just a gentle breeze from the northwest.

We entered the harbour, sheltered by the longest breakwater in the UK at 1.7 miles long. Unfortunately, though, storm Emma earlier this year managed to defy this structure by blowing wind into the harbour from the unprotected northeast, and a significant amount of damage was caused in the harbour including some 60 boats washed ashore and written-off. Our pier, situated on a long causeway arm, was undamaged however unfortunately is little used nowadays, for its primary use was that of cargo ships loading and exporting aluminium made in the nearby factory which has recently been shut down.

We were safely docked by 08:00 and passengers could be bussed down the causeway into the little local town of Holyhead should they so wish. However, I am reliably informed that 5 minutes is all that one requires to familiarise themselves with this little spot, and so many chose to venture further afield instead. Surrounded by beautiful countryside this was not at all an unpleasant place to be, and with the glorious Welsh sunshine (a phrase rarely heard, I do recognise) blessing our stay, moods were high.

The entire rural coastline is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and its 125-mile-long coastal path popular with walkers. Tours offered today trundled merrily off to see the above coastline, Snowdonia of course, and Caernarfon, and the Welsh Highland Railway with a trip to Penrhyn Castle. There was also the option to visit Plas Newydd, a grand country house named by some chap with an obvious fascination for perhaps just a few too many consonants.

Well, I had a day full of meetings & inspections and therefore unfortunately couldn’t enjoy any time ashore here, however it was nice enough to stand on the Bridge-wing in the sunshine and wave goodbye to this green countryside as we departed at around tea time. We weaved our way back out of the breakwater, passing a few local fishermen still busy collecting supper, and then set full speed ahead to our next port of call – a small cluster of pleasant islands situated way down off the Cornish southwest coast. In case you hadn’t guessed – we’re going back to the Isles of Scilly!

Captain Kim Tanner

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