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.