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21st July, 2015


The run along the south coast of England was in fairly murky condition come daylight, a warm front bringing drizzle until it finally passed over us after lunch. We had been unable to see any of the Cornish coast line, but first Wolf Rock lighthouse appeared on the starboard side, and then the rugged cliffs north of Lands End became visible as the rolling low clouds lifted. That first afternoon was sunny, the new folks came out on deck and there were many smiling faces at the Welcome Cocktail Party.

Dublin turned out to be a long day operationally, as the pilot boarded at 0530 hours and, because of tides, we could not leave before 2330 hours that evening. The sun came out for those passengers departing on tours in the morning and of course, there is much to see. The longest was a trip out to the County of Wicklow and Glenalough, ‘The Glen of Two Lakes’. Here monastic ruins, an imposing cathedral and a fine example of an Irish round tower were on the viewing agenda. Closer to home some went off on a trip up the River Liffey that also took in a drive by of the Guinness brewery (frustrating for some no doubt) while others took the easier panoramic tour of Dublin.

A group named ‘The Irish House Party’ entertained in the Britannia Lounge that evening and with a late sail I took the opportunity of standing at the back of the room to watch. Good foot tapping Irish folk music from three guys and a lady on the violin who was also an ex-‘River Dance’ dancer, and proved it. A great show and perfectly timed, being alongside in the fair city.

Captain Philip Rentell

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