A tough passage south – Kristiansund to Plymouth

sunrise-over-scotland

Kristiansund to Plymouth this year turned into an epic.  We expected to have some wind from the south but we didn’t imagine that we would have to deal with 6 separate low pressure system bringing Force 8 and Force 9 gales!  We managed to find shelter from all of them, and enjoy some fabulous sailing in between.
Despite the gales the trip was stuffed full of memorable moments

24 hours motoring in flat calm water amongst the islands in Norway
A pod of Orcas circling the boat as we left the Norwegian Coastline
3 days of champagne sailing between Norway and Shetland
Fabulous sunrises and sunsets
2 nights and 1 day ashore exploring in Lerwick
A shimmering display of the Northern lights between Orkney and Shetland
Glassy sea around Cape Wrath
2 nights at anchor in Loch Dunvegan
Steaming down the sound of Islay at 11 knots with the tide
A night at anchor and a morning ashore in Bangor, Northern Ireland
A night at anchor in Dundalk bay on the Irish border
24 hours beam reaching along the Irish coast in flat water
Chased by a fast RIB and a routine boarding by Irish Customs off Tuscar Rock
A fast sail across the Irish Sea
A starlit passage as we tacked past Lands End
Lizard Lighthouse flashing in the gloom of the fog
Warships exercising in Plymouth Bay
Tying alongside in Mayflower Marina 36 hours later than expected
1550 miles for our log books
Celebrating in Jolly Jacks

To further describe the trip I use the words of our guests

My mind is overflowing with fabulous memories.  I cannot possibly convey how much this adventure has meant to me.  Stunning scenes of natural beauty.  Innumerable sightings of wonderful creatures. Comradeship humour and mutual support. Whatever hardships were endured were repaid a thousandfold

What an adventure. Fantastic voyage with some really great scenery.  Orcas were are ponus. The passage was a real challenge with at least 6 storms on the way all dealt with safely and professionally by Lin and Richard

Learned tons, ate tons, much fun, slept little but did not succumb to tea drinking (our French man!)

Most varied sailing, wildlife and scenery and more tacks that a cobblers bench!

Want to sample this for yourself. Our passages down to Lanzarote are all full now but there are some places on passages in the Spring.  Want to enjoy sailing in a more relaxed environment.  Once we arrive in Lanzarote we will be based there for the winter offering 7 night sailing trips around the islands.  See our Schedule