Holyhead Sailing Club Cruise to the Isle of Man 10/07/2021

Day 1: An early start for Hellhound, Katanya II, Soulmate and Summer Wine leaving one hour before LW Holyhead. Cornflower had overnighted in the Skerries and joined the group en route. Very light winds meant boats needed to motor or motor sail for most of the outbound leg. Arriving at Douglas just over 9½ hours later. The Harbour Authority requested that we raft up on the outer harbour wall whilst paperwork was completed which was all done efficiently and without issues. Plenty of the day remaining to explore Douglas on a warm, sunny evening.

Day 2: A RNLI training session gave a close-up display of a perfect MOB rescue alongside our raft of boats. 

Katanya II, Soulmate and Summer Wine took the lunchtime ebbing tide to Port St Mary on the south of the island. A 1½ hour trip, again mainly motoring. Picked up visitor hippo buoys in the outer harbour. Spoke to members outside the Port St Mary Yacht club, also in the pub, the locals made us feel welcome. They directed us to the Chinese take away so we enjoyed a take out in the rain.

Day 3: Summer Wine returned to Holyhead on the morning tide. A straight forward 9-hour motor back for them. Good consolidation of navigation theories. Those remaining on the IOM took a bus trip to Port Erin and Castletown. Tourists for the day.

Day 4: Katanya II and Soulmate left at 0700 to catch the tide going south. Favourable wind for a fast downwind sail, a fog bank, sight of a basking shark and a strong tidal push west around Langdon Ridge all led to an interesting day’s sailing. Return journey took around 8 hours.

[Editor’s Note] A big thank you to Liz for her report. Please let us know if you have anything else to add to her report on this event to inform future cruise planning. Email any thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for the  link to the photo album which is a collection of images from participants in the cruise. Thanks to all who have shared their photos and my favourite is this one shared by Joe Batterham

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