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10th May, 2017

Ringaskiddy, for Cork

Regrettably the forecast for the Isles of Scilly was not the best and a decision was made to avoid any possible ‘situation’ and we carried on up to south west Ireland. Ringaskiddy (silent ‘g’ I was told) is the port for Cork and we berthed just in front of a small vessel bringing in massive blades for these new windmills that are springing up, even in beautiful places like this estuary of Cobh.

Shore excursions had been promptly arranged and well over 200 Saganauts went off for a scenic drive to Clonakilty, or around Cork and along to historic Blarney Castle. Later, at the cocktail party, I did not find a single soul who had kissed the stone. Hardly surprising considering one has to lie flat and lean backwards over the parapet, perhaps too much of an athletic pose for most.

Mrs R and I left later in the morning, taking the shuttle bus to the city hall and setting off, in semi route march style, to explore a small part of the city (the one with most shops of course). I can only blame my eagle eyed self, however, for the dent placed into the credit card, as we had been discussing for some time the type of lights that should be used in our up and coming kitchen ‘refit’. Well, at least they’ll be a talking point.

The chilly morning became pleasantly warm as we continued and I suspect that even the passenger who, while waiting for the shuttle bus told me he came from Cork, was smiling. I enjoyed hearing again the delightful lilt of the locals, and the warm welcome they gave us. The alternative port call was received well according to everyone I later quizzed during our final formal evening. Calm seas forecast for the run back to Dover.

Captain Philip Rentell

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