Kinsale – leaving Ireland

Ashore for brunch, shopping and a walk up Compass Hill. Pretty views, stone-walled gardens and the imposing Officers Club above the bowling green. There is one large, empty, austere looking building left, which might just have been part of the 23 acre site, but it could equally have been a school, a hospital or a convent. Something to check out another day.

Empty building on Compass Hill, near where the Military Barracks was demolished in1922
Empty building on Compass Hill, near where the Military Barracks was demolished in1922
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The skipper of the day looking pensively at the weather as we head out from Kinsale

Fuelled at the other marina across the river (which ran out of diesel for the next boat) and set off for the Scillies at 1600. A bit of a risk, since we have a forecast of a northerly five to seven for the next 24 hours, veering from lighter mainly southerly winds, but at least it will feel like a downhill ride.

Passage notes: max wind to midnight SSE 4, min SSE 2, visibility moderate, rain, sea state moderate. Rest of notes, see next day.

Jean-Jacques seizes a quiet moment for a cigarette
Jean-Jacques seizes a quiet moment for a cigarette

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