REPORT NO. 3
watch.Northabout. 320 miles WNW of Achill.
Farewell, Greenland, bearing 308 degrees,Magnetic. 850 Miles.
on our way, in good order. Now the sea is calm and there is no
wind. We're engining along at 5 knots. The final preparations
were fairly hectic, with some decisions having to be made
about work to be left for another time, some joinery and
painting mostly. All the sailing, mechanical and electric
systems are completed.
send -off from Westport Quay was great, about 200 friends and
family gathering to see the boat motor in from her fitting-out
berth at Rosmoney. John McClintock, grandson of
the Captain, named the boat. Father Brian Cronin
blessed her, invoking Gods Blessing on all her parts,
including her Cooker!
Jarlath at the helm, we raised sail from the Quay. From
Inisgort to Clare Island we were accompanied by
yachts from Mayo Yacht Club; they to motorings and us
to sea. Now dark, with the glow of Saint Johns Night fires
along the shore of Achill. We sailed slowly all night. On
Sunday a southerly wind freshened and we sailed,
close-reaching in grand style, right through to Monday
evening, when we lost the wind.
boat sails well. She gets to 6 knots easily, and with right
trim and sail, to 8 knots in Force 5. Of teething problems
there were few yet apparent, the starboard top-spreader end
needing re-fixing done and the starboard intermediate shroud
lengthening and needing retightening. This is to be checked
was a queasy day for all, but things were much better on
Tuesday, Day 2.
The forecast coming over the weather-fax, gives us 24
hours of calm and then a south-easterly from a slow-moving
Low.to the south of our track. We'll see?
B. and Eoin Coyle.
O Riain and Harry Connolly
6 to 10.
Redmond and Cathal De Barra
10 to 2.
is joining us in 4 weeks time in Greenland, with Terry, Mike,
Kevin, Frank and film-maker John Murray.
Hours. June 27th. Day 4
comfortably @ 6 Knots. Wind is off the starboard quarter F.3
Main and Yankee with one roll are up, the Yankee occasionally
being blanketed by the main.
spin of the propeller is noisy, making a sound like strong
wind in the rigging, rising and falling as the boat surges. I
suppose we'll get used to it. All systems are working well
except the big burner on the gas cooker.
with our sea-legs strengthened, we were all busy on tidy-up.
It was a sunny but cool ( 15 degree ) afternoon, still good
enough for shorts in the cockpit for a while. Up-mast, I
checked all fittings, there was no visible fault anywhere. All
spreader ends were taped. We reefed all 3 reefing lines, and
in doing so found a temporary 1st. reef tie-down at the
boom-end almost cut through. We set all reefs to check the
fit, and made up lashings for clew-reef tie-downs., an
we sorter the handle on my door, made up temporary shelving
along the starboard windows, fixed
a 2nd. fire-extinguisher at the galley, set up storage
for tapes and CD's and sorted tools. The boat is increasingly liveable,
but with still some way to go. But at least we're away from
that 'thrown-together' feeling. The technology works a treat,
auto-pilot and SSB Radio and E-Mail.
received the South Greenland Ice-Chart. It shows 'storis' ice
to 40 miles south
of Cape Farewell and continues round the south-west coast to
about the latitude of Qaqortoq. This is
not bad at all. It would be grand if we could get
ashore there. It is called the 'most beautiful town in
Greenland'; which wouldn't be hard, the towns are not
importantly we got weather charts for the next few days. They
show several 995 lows to the south of our track, which should
give us S/SE F6/7,
great (PR adds great me arse). And we spoke to Brendan Minish,
our SSB Baseman, very clear, he said we were 5 & 5.
had more of Mike Brogans fine steak for dinner, with potatoes
which won't last, and a bottle of red. Life's good.
How quickly a mood can change. A grey and a cold morning it is
. Must light the Dickenson
Stove to day!
Though the coolness helps keep the cabbage, which is
definitely starting to smell! I've started Paul Wilson's 'Do
White Wales Sing at the Edge of the World?'
Same day. Yes it's still Wednesday. You get great value out of
the day when you're sailing, up and down out of your bunk, to
deck, to cooker, to Nav. Station, it's all go. The wind is
blowing a fresh F.5 off our starboard quarter. We have the
Yankee poled out on the starboard and are moving in great
steady comfort at 6 to 7 knots while I
Farewell bears 306 degrees, distance 612 miles.