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23rd August, 2016


The unusually strong winds that affected us in Portland were also affecting Guernsey where we were due to anchor the following day. As a consequence the anchorage would have been far too turbulent to operate a safe tender service and the call was cancelled. Fortunately a berth was available in Ringaskiddy, which is just over the river from Cobh and we arrived there on the evening of Sunday.

An extra day in southern Ireland was a huge bonus for those that wanted to take the complimentary shuttle bus up into the fair city of Cork and the various tours that were available. The dull weather of the day before cleared and the sun came out just in time, particularly for those off into the countryside and visiting Kinsale. Some went to kiss the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle (I assume they took their own ‘wipes’), while others went to see the highlights of Cork, most notably the Jameson distillery where sampling the product was, of course, expected.

In the afternoon our designated berth in Cobh became available so the bridge team prepared their departure and arrival check lists (really), and we made the thirty minute journey in time for those returning by train from Cork. Many of the Saganauts took the opportunity to take an early evening stroll into the pleasant little town with its romantic brightly coloured buildings and elegant neo Gothic cathedral designed by Pugin

Captain Philip Rentell

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