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October 15, 2017

Jess and I toured Belfast like a couple of pros before she would fly home, and Chris and Rich would fly in.  Belfast doesn’t offer much in the way of esthetics, however it more than makes up for it through its past history of ship building, i.e. the Titanic, and of course the infamous Catholic vs Protestant struggles that take place even today.  We took a 4 hour walking tour that was led for the first half by an IRA member tha...

August 20, 2017

We really needed to start moving as we had many miles to go to get to Northern Ireland and not much time.  So off we went to Crosshaven and the oldest know yacht club in the world, the Royal Cork Yacht Club.  Besides the nostalgia of it being an old yacht club and a convenient place for us to stop, there was no real draw to it.  

The town was kind of boring and the club was, well, nothing more than another yacht club....

August 8, 2017

After Adrigole Jess and I made a hop to Schull harbor which was about 30 miles.  Getting out of Bantry bay itself in stiff SW winds was the most challenging part of the short trip but the remainder was rather uneventful with the exception of the rough sea state that got Jess sea sick.  Unfortunately Jess always gets sea sick for the first 12 hours and being these small passages are only 4-6 she is sick almost the entire time....

July 21, 2017

July 14, 2017

Darrynane harbor had an imposing entrance.  You come in between some daunting rocks with breaking waves on either side of the boat through a narrow entrance, steer a course of 34 degrees before making a hard 90 degree next to a marker to starboard and come into the totally protected lagoon.  The scenery here was very different, it almost resembled the mediterranean.  There was more barren rock, the white sandy bea...

July 13, 2017

Southwestern Ireland

Entry into the Dingle harbor was welcomed with not only an abundance of sea life, but also the thousand shades of green that the Emerald Isle is known for.  As we usually do after a long passage, we got our sea legs and rewarded ourselves with a dinner in town washed down with some cool beverages, this time though it was fresh Guinness.  The town itself was a bit over touristed but by the end of our stay it...

July 8, 2017

Real Club Nautico Portosin was a great spot to leave Cadence but not a town worth spending much time in.  At least from my small glimpse into what the town was about over a short time out of season.  The club was very nice, serving a decent meal with a nice view over the marina but the town was a summer vacation town that has seen better days.

 Many of the block apartment buildings or condos were vacant and appeared to be...

July 2, 2017

A break from sailing for some horse back riding in Ireland with Wicklow Equitours

June 9, 2017

We spent another full day at the north end of the island, Cies, in a small anchorage, again the only boat.  Around 4 in the afternoon, we pulled anchor and made way up into Ria de Pontevedra.  We went all the way to the top of this Ria and anchored just off the small village of Combarro.  The ancient fishing village was built out of all granite and surrounded by vineyards and lovely homes.  The old village was really a sight t...

May 31, 2017

After 4 days in Porto we set off on the 70 mile trek north to get us into our first Ria in Galicia Spain.  We arrived into Baiona on a Sunday around 5 in the afternoon.  The entire town was out on their afternoon walk along the seafront.  The seafront is rather dramatic on entry with a large fort spread out over many acres that once protected the head of this Ria.  

The town, located right on the water front next...

May 14, 2017

We were both excited to be in the US, not only to see family, but to spend some time in an American hotel with cable television, and all the comforts of a modern hotel, starbucks, gym, swimming pool, a motionless bed, etc etc...  We were able to spend some time with Henry and Sydney, Jess’s niece and nephew, I guess my niece and nephew now too since we are married.  We enjoyed some land based activities with them, and then mad...

May 3, 2017

Once out of the Algarve, which is just around Ponta Sagres, the ocean takes a completely different feel and look.  This is the junction where the Portuguese coast goes from an east west to a north south orientation.  Finally we were pointing Cadence north since leaving Barcelona.

 The med and the atlantic area around the Algarve have a similar feel.  The seas are a caribbean blue color, the waves are shorter and more chopp...

April 21, 2017

It was with a heavy heart we left Barcelona.  We had a fantastic winter living there right in the middle of the city.  Although there was no cruising community, we met a lot of interesting people and had great time.  Unlike typical live aboard communities in smaller towns where you make close friends with your boat neighbors, in the cosmopolitan marinas you must meet people differently.  In Barcelona there is a fantastic organ...

April 11, 2017

Several years ago we had organized a land trip with my father and his wife, Chris, to Israel.  Once the rest of the family found out about the trip they asked to come along.  So we went from four to seven.  My mother, sister and her husband Kirk all couldn’t resist a vacation with my Dad, Christine, Jess and I.  I can’t say I blame them.  Anyway, Israel is  place I have never been but have always wanted to visit.  Since we wer...

March 9, 2017

We are finally coming out of our hibernation here in Barcelona.  The weather here for the winter was a mixed bag.  It would get down into the low 40’s at night and usually a high of 60 during the day.  We had several weather systems come through that would bring significant wind, 30-40 knots and rain, that would last for 4-5 days, then we would get sunshine for a similar amount of time.  Not nearly as bad as my fellow new engl...

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