Passage to Ireland

Approaching Loch Swilly, after Malin Head
Approaching Loch Swilly, after Malin Head

Left Port Ellen in brilliant sub, calm sea with mist, enough to use radar at the entrance/ exit from the North Channel traffic separation zone, where we detected only one ship at five or six miles, moving away. Motorsailed till mid-afternoon then sailed past Malin Head with a gradually rising north-easterly (max 17K) to Port Salon, a modern but attractive holiday village in a sandy bay on Loch Swilly in the republic. Kids were jumping from the jetty, having a lot of noisy holiday fun. Picked up free mooring. Calm night. The pub restaurant looked (and sounded) good from a distance but we decided to rest on board.

Passage notes: 61 miles, 10.5 hours, max NE 4, min calm, bright with fog patches down to1 mile visibility, radar on while crossing shipping lanes but little traffic.

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