Hi all, Happy Sunday. We woke up to another "soft morning" (gentle rain, quiet bay). We're still in Glandore, the unexpected is sometimes the greatest adventure. We had a marvelous day. The wind is still howling and we thank God we are still at anchor. We blew up the dingy after breakfast and went to shore in Glandore. What a pretty little Irish village. We heard the church bells ringing at 1000 but we were unable to get to shore in a timely enough fashion to even think of sneaking into the back. But we did visit two churches today. Does that count?
We walked up out of town and enjoyed a beautiful walk along the lane into the countryside.
We were headed for Dorberg Circle Stones. (17 stones set vertically, similar to Stonehenge) We walked about 4 km past a castle and finally asked a young dad where the stones were. He began to give us directions and then decided to drive us there. Well it was at least a 5 minute car ride away. Up and down hills and around many a bend we drove. We walked back a different route which was not quite as far. We visited the Catholic church along the way. I took pictures of one stain glass window in particular. St. Brigid, yes dear sister Brigid, it was spelled the correct way.
We stopped at the Glandore Inn for lunch. The guys had crab sandwiches and onion soup.
I ordered a smoked salmon sandwich. Oooo.. It was very sushi style. Not exactly what I was expecting.
But I made due especially after the waitress brought we a nice piece of brown Irish soda bread to eat it with. We walked to see the other castle in town and the Glendore Anglican church next. Both castles are privately owned so you can't get too close. The church (most churches don't publicize their names. I guess they expect everyone to know what it is called) was quaint. This church's entry was tunneled through the rock in the hillside. It was small but quite lovely.
We decided to walk toward Unionhall another village we could see across the bay we are anchored in to pick up so me more provisions. About half way there Mike went back to get
the dingy and drive it over to Unionhall to carry our groceries home. Al and I had a neat walk over two one way bridges (cars had to wait on each side until the bridge was clear) and down roads with trees making a tunnel to walk through. I finally got smart and asked the grocer if he had any frozen meat for sale. We have a freezer on board but the fresh meat on the top never freezes and we had some go bad before we could eat it. We made it back to the boat before the evening showers began. In all we walked about 15 km today...that should hold us until we get to Spain.
Right now the cockpit is uninhabitable. Mike tried feeding the sea gulls some cod fish that has traveled with us from St. John's, Newfoundland. Now we know why fishing boats smell so bad. The smell lingers on and on. The sea gulls dived for the fish but flew off squawking and squawking giving us what for...how long can the smell last? We're hoping to leave tomorrow but we'll wait and see what the weather has in store for us.
Love Sally, Al, and Mike
July 29, 2006
Hi all, Twas a very rainy morning the likes of which we have not seen in Ireland. The Coast Guard was calling for gale force winds all day. So we slept in late. Mike made a lovely scrambled egg brunch for us. Since it's a major chore to reinflate the dingy, but in the boards etc. we chose not to go ashore. We read books and laid low all day. I finished book 4, HP and the Goblet of Fire and started book 5 HP and the Order of the Phoenix of the Harry Potter series.
The sun came out despite the howling wind and we enjoyed the late afternoon in the cockpit. Another cloud burst about 1800 rewarded us with a beautiful, full, Irish rainbow. The colors were very deep. I hope our pictures do it justice. We hope the low passes tonight and we can leave in the morning. We went from 1013 barometer last night to 999 this afternoon. The barometer is back up to 1004 tonight. If the weather isn't what we want I do believe we will inflate the dingy and explore Glandore tomorrow. Thanks again for your emails. Sorry we don't always answer or write a short response. But some nights it takes a while to write the log while cooking and answering some emails. Somebody send me Daddy's email, we still don't have it.
Love Sally, Al, and Mike
July 28, 2006
Hi all, We refueled, took on water, put dingy on deck and left Kinsale at 1100. We started out with a fine mist that turned into a sunny, nice day again. We had great sailing down to Glandore Harbor. We pulled in at 1600 and anchored for the night. The weather forecast called for 20-25 kts of wind right on the nose tonight so we decided to wait another day before heading for Spain. Why start out our trip pounding into the seas? This is a pretty little town but we have no way to get to shore since our dingy is deflated on deck. We did go into the pubs for a pint and some music last night. The White House had wonderful traditional music with a wee bit of Bob Dylan thrown in. We stopped at another pub and met a young couple from Dublin and had a nice "chat". I put the email addresses onto the new lap top today so I hope I put them all in all right. We're planning to head out in the morning.
Love Al and Sally
July 27, 2006
Hi all, We were busy today preparing to leave Kinsale tomorrow after we take on water and refuel. We visited Colleen and Jim off of "Jacobite" a new Nordhaven 47 (first Nordhaven delivered to the UK, same factory as the Mason). They've cruised extensively in the Med and Western Europe for the past 20 years. They gave us some destination ideas and pulled up the weather on their computer. The weather is the weather... There is a big low out there that may give us 30 kts of wind out of the west on Sunday but we've decided to head out anyhow. We're planning to keep off the continental shelf to avoid steeper seas with the higher winds we expect. If we keep out around 10 degrees Longitude we will avoid frequent ship travel going to Liverpool and down along the coast. Our landfall after crossing the Bay of Biscay will be La Coruna or Bayona, Spain. Bayona is 60 miles further but a quieter, nicer port. We expect this crossing to take about 5-6 days. love and God Bless,
Love Al and Sally
July 26, 2006
Hi all, Al and I spent the morning taking care of business while Mike worked his way back from Shannon. We talked to the Harbor Master Phil and paid 14 Euro's of dues to anchor for one week in Kinsale. He pulled up some weather information which we will look at more closely tomorrow. We need a good five day forecast before we leave. No hurry we are loving Ireland. We made plans to refuel and take on water tomorrow before the weekend crowd arrives. The Trident Hotel has wireless internet and let us sit in their lobby and browse the internet. We were able to check our accounts and send some business emails. We thought finding wireless would be easier. Evidently wireless is just now taking hold in Ireland so things will improve in the future.
Thank you to everyone who has signed our guest book. We had great fun reading your messages. It's fun to get the feedback and to get an idea who's out there following our adventure. We also read the emails that were sent to apribyl@artemis-pribyl. com. When Mike got in we took him to the Trident so he could read the entries too. Al and I had lunch, fish & chips, while we waited for Mike's bus to arrive. We collected our laundry, 15 Euro's. We definitely need to start washing some things by hand. We went back to meet Mike at the bus stop and we found him walking down the street. He had caught an earlier bus and probably walked right by us as we ate lunch. It's interesting to sit at anchor when the tide comes and the wind blows. We were dancing around in circles against the wind and the tide.
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy
July 25, 2006
Hi all, Al and I went to the big city today, Cork. We rode the bus with Mike and Judy as they made a connection to Shannon. They plan to stay in a hotel and go out to dinner belatedly for their 25th anniversary. Judy flies home tomorrow and Mike will rejoin us in Kinsdale. Cork... What shall I say about Cork. I'm not one who cares much for big cities. They overwhelm me and make me wonder where to turn next. We had lunch at a cafe on the street and sat outside. Lots of shops even a McDonalds and Burger King Yuk! We walked down to the harbor area to find a Chandlery and marine electrician. We got some phone numbers to call tomorrow. We still haven't figured out the windlass problems. Meanwhile we have it jerry rigged so we don't have to pull up all that slimy chain by hand.
We took a double decker bus tour of Cork and out to Blarney Castle. The tour of Cork gave us a great overview perspective of Cork. Our first impression of Blarney was commercialism and a rip off. Wrong!! The ground s are absolutely gorgeous, the walking trails are magnificent and the castle itself is awesome. We traveled into the woodlands in search of fairies and druids. I walked backwards, eyes closed down the Wishing Steps, so my wish had better come true. I'll let you know if it worked. I think we did find the Keebler Elves home. The trees are gnarly and very old. We climbed halfway up the castle before the walls began to close in on Al so we backed off and enjoyed the grounds and Blarney mansion instead of kissing the infamous Blarney stone.
We are enjoying a quiet night, alone on Artemis. We heard from Larry and Judy. They will fly to Rochester, NY on July 27 and visit an old friend. They'll drive to my Dad's farm in Montezuma, NY to pick up their car on Friday. So someone let Daddy know company's coming. I'm sure they'll have lots of tales to tell him.
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy [top]
July 24, 2006
Hi all, Ireland is having a "sunshine wave" as opposed to a "heat wave". Another absolutely gorgeous day. The views we've been able to video or photograph are a rarity in Ireland on most days. We've been told very often you can't see a half a mile. Today we walked through town again and then took the Round Compass Hill walk above Winter Hill. We had a panoramic view of Kinsale, the harbors, and the forts. The gardens are absolutely magnificent, especially up on the hill in the more exclusive areas. Rarely you go by any dwelling that doesn't have flowers growing or shrubs flowering. We had an ice cream cone and then headed out to Charles Fort and took a guided tour. Our guide Clare, a college student, was very animated and informed. It is a 17th Century Star Fort (star shaped, 2 enormous bastions facing the sea and three looking inland). It was started in 1678 and was still in use until 1921. We picked up a few supplies and went back to grill on the boat. Al picked up a liter of 2 cy cle oil 6.90 Euros for 1 liter. Things are not cheap in this fast growing country of Ireland. We haven't much luck finding wireless internet connections. So we haven't been able to keep up with emails sent to artemis-pribyl.com. We read some tonight when we found a connection in the anchorage but then got bumped off and couldn't reconnect.
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy [top]
July 23, 2006
Hi all, We had a beautiful sail down to Kinsale. We left Castletownshend at 0900 and anchored in Kinsale at 1600. We had a nice down wind sail 15 kts of wind. Artemis was sailing about 6 kts the whole way. The seas were about 2.0 meters so a bit rollie. We had a little trouble setting our anchor at first because of a 3 kts current and 20 kts of wind. We took a mooring for a while but found out they are private. So once the wind/current died down we successfully dropped anchor. We dingied into town after dinner and did the "cooks tour" (just a quick look around) We plan to spend a few days here and take bus trips. Judy flies out of Shannon Airport on July 26 so she and Mike will leave on July 25 by bus. Mike will rejoin us after she leaves. We even have a castle and a fort to visit here in Kinsale and Cork is only 16 km. Love and God Bless
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy [top]
July 22, 2006
Hi all, We had a sleepy morning, rain pattering on the decks is very conducive to sleeping in. We all took showers after breakfast. We moved to a mooring ball because we were in the path of the regatta that is happening tomorrow and they were setting up the course. After lunch we went ashore to explore this pretty, little village, Castletownshend (evidently Castle Haven is the name of the harbor). That's why our stop before Glengarriff, Castletown was the harbor, the town was called Castletownbere. This is a little confusing but we're picking it up as we go. We visited an old castle that is being sold off as condo's and an old Anglican Church. Both are along the shore. Then we walked up, and I mean straight up the main street to the top of the hill. (1.5 miles) It is quite a climb. About halfway up they have a stone circle in the middle of the street with two trees growing in it. (these replaced two trees planted in 1810 that had died. I think... they were planted to stop any runaway vehicles going down that steep slope straight into the ocean. The O'Donovan gas station near by consisted of a single pump coming out of the sidewalk right on the street. It also had a tiny, old fashion grocery store. We bought some homemade Irish Soda bread to have with dinner.
We walked out of town toward Skibbereen. We met a nice gent from Dublin working on his gate of his summer cottage. He told us where to find the Catholic Church outside of town. "Castle Haven is mostly Anglican"(British influence) but "still nice people", he said. He also told us about an old circle fort we could find up through a cow pasture, "but mind you be careful of the bull. You'll see those Budweiser horses (Clydesdales) in the field and it's up above." We found an unmarked gate along the road and another family that was going to see the fort. Way cool... in this lane above the cow pasture we found a beautiful winding stone staircase leading us up the hill to the circle fort ruins. What an insp iring, grand view, all the way to Kinsale in one direction and the beautiful Irish countryside in the other. Al and I, farm kids, crawled under the electric fence and walked through the cow pasture to the road. Mike and Judy not too sure the bull wasn't hiding and wary of the electric fence chose to walk back the way we came to the road. We visited the Catholic Church then headed back to town. I wonder if this is typical Irish weather. We have rain early then by noon it turns into an absolutely gorgeous day! We plan to have dinner and then go back ashore this evening to enjoy the festivities. It's Castletownshend Maritime Festival Week. Love and God Bless,
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy [top]
July 21, 2006
Hi all, We are on the move again today. It's a wee bit rainy but that's fine since we will be sailing most of the day. We visited the Maple Leaf Pub last night for music and a pint. We had a nice visit with Phil and Frances from Vancouver off "Tulameen". The music wasn't as lively as Dingle but enjoyable. They played more Clancey Brothers type ballads, familiar but somehow it didn't feel so authentic. Perhaps because they are so well known they feel more Americanized? We had trouble with the dingy engine again so Phil towed us back to Artemis.
We left Glengarriff a little after nine this morning. I treated the crew to a full breakfast: eggs, ham/sausage, hash browns, melon, toast and juice. I feel more like cooking when there is nothing else to do. I prefer to be out and about enjoying what's about to happen than standing in the galley. Well it turned into a beautiful, sunny day again. We motor sailed most of the way because of light winds and big, sloppy seas. We had quite a "washin g machine" off of Mizzen Head (very confused and strong currents, that took the white caps off of the waves). We sailed by the renowned FastnetRock. It's a famous lighthouse off the south coast of Ireland. It's the turning point back to England in the Fastnet Race. We sailed by a "John Deere" sailboat, green hull and yellow sails.
We arrived at Castle Haven and dropped anchor at 1830. It's a lovely spot with several boats on moorings. Al says, "It's way cool!" We've noted a church and castle so far that beckons us to come and explore. But for now it is beer thirty and I'm getting steaks ready to grill, potatoes, and asparagus. Mom, Dad, swan and 4 baby cygnets came to visit after dinner. Al dutifully fed them a pancake from yesterday's breakfast. We took a dingy ride up the river and then back into town. It's their annual festival and we caught the reinactment of battle 1601. Kids were dressed in costume and a parade. It is a very interesting town. All the walls along the street look like castle walls. Can't wait to explore tomorrow.
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy [top]
July 20, 2006
Hi all, We had a wee bit of rain in the night. Enough to wash down the decks and the rigging. Mike made us sausages and "fluffy" pancakes for breakfast. Al decided to tackle the 15 min solenoid job on the windlass. An hour and a half later with half the boat ripped apart, he said, "Oh 'tah h... with it we'll do this later. Maybe I'll open the old one up and see what's inside later." We took the dingy up to a beautiful little stream and discovered we could tie off and walk through a park right into town. Now we know the quick way to find the pubs tonight. Judy bought some gifts. "No I'm not giving away who are the lucky ones." Al, Mike and I visited the tourist office and found out about walking trails. Glengarriff has a beautiful Nature Reserve with several options for walking. We had ice cream cones and then walked them off. We went up to Lady Bantry Lookout 1.5 km but a steep climb. We had a lovely view of the harbor and could just see Artemis peeking out behind some trees. Then we did a hike along the River trail. We went through ancient forests. Unfortunately we didn't know the trees and plants we were looking at but it was a gorgeous sight to behold. I did recognize the holly and the ivy. It's everywhere. When we got back to the stream the tide was out and our dingy was high and dry. We met a couple from Vancouver Island Phil and Francis. They came through the Panama Canal to Puerto Rico and crossed to La Coruna, Spain. This is their sixth year out. Al took the solenoid apart and discovered the part that was sent to him from Nilsson was actually a smaller part inside the solenoid he removed. So hopefully this install will occur much quicker and with more success than the last try. Phil came over with some charts for us of St. Mary's Island where we plan to take off from to cross Bay of Biscay to La Coruna, Spain. Grilled chicken, rice and salad for dinner. It's fun to be able to grill again and enjoy the scenery as our meal prepares.
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy [top]
July 19, 2006
Hi all, This is becoming a difficult task. How does one keep a log interesting without repeating one's self about what a marvelous experience this is. We awoke to our first morning of gray skies, fog, and wind howling in the anchorage but before the day was over it was another gorgeous Irish day. We were snug in our bunks with very little movement, Artemis does well in harbor chop. After breakfast we dingied into Castletownbere to check out the town. Oh, how picturesque. This is an authentic little Irish town devoid of tourists... complete with colorful buildings, darling B&B's, gardens, quaint shops, bakery, fish shops, pubs and restaurants. One shop keeper advised us to stay another night and enjoy how the town truly comes alive in the evening. But... we decided to move on. The anchorage was a busy fishing port with a dredger working in the harbor so we opted for a quieter anchorage. We left Castletownbere at 1130 and ate lunch underway. We had a perfect beam reach 5-6 kts. We motored into the anchorage under blue skies and sunshine at 1600. Mountains surround the anchorage and lots of trees for a change. We dingied in and had an ice cream cone. Then we walked up the road into town. Took just a quick look around as we plan to spend a few days. We discovered a cute park and a walking trail that took us through the woods back to the boat ramp. We took a cocktail tour in the dingy out to Garnish Island. But we weren't aloud to land to look at the Italian Gardens. I suppose you have to buy a ticket and arrive on the ferry. We saw lots of seals sunning on the rocks and got quite close before they all scurried into the water. The baby seal rolled off the rock in his excitement it was quite comical and I caught it on video tape. We saw big jelly fish (1 ft diameter). The seals kept popping up around the boat while we ate dinner. We had perfectly grilled hamburgers and fixings and ate in the cockpit so we could try to absorb all this beauty. A swan swam up to the boat and Mike and Judy fed him some bread. He'd take it right out of their hands. Love and God Bless, Sally, Al, Mike and Judy [top]
July 18, 2006
Hi all, I awoke with the birds this morning literally. A flock of seagull's squawking over something flew over my hatch and woke me up. The coffee was on by 0630. We helped Larry and Judy carry their things to the bus stop and saw them off to Tralee (0715) to pick up their car rental. We left the dock in Dingle at 0740 heading for Glengarriff Harbor via the Skellig Islands. Skellig Michael the larger island was a penitential home for Celtic monks who founded St. Finian's Abbey there in AD 560. You cans see the beehive huts from the water. We didn't walk the 600+ steps up to the top because there was no place and land and leave our dingy. You need to take a tour boat for 40 Euro's each to have that pleasure. Mike was quite upset that he lost his new fishing lure after battling with a monstrous fish. He keeps badgering Judy about not letting him buy more of them back in Dingle. Still no wind so we motored all day to Castletown near Bear Island on the north side of Bantry Bay. We played too long at Skellig Rock so decided to stop about 1930 and we'll move on to Glengarriff Harbor tomorrow. This is a busy fishing port with a ferry going out to Bear Island. We are in a small anchorage with a mixture of boats.(about 10)The mountains rise up behind the town. It's a pretty spot but much busier than I had expected from the guide description. We plan to explore a little bit before we move on in the morning.
Love Sally, Al, Mike and Judy [top]
July 17, 2006
Hi all, Another glorious day in Dingle, Ireland. Even the people of Dingle are amazed at the beautiful weather we've been enjoying. We busied ourselves with preparations to leave Dingle tomorrow. The fuel truck came down, filled water tanks, fixed the dingy motor, and provisioned the boat. We drove the dingy into the fisherman harbor so we had only a short walk to carry the groceries. Larry and Judy will be leaving us tomorrow. I'll miss my cooking buddy. Sorry crew the cuisine aboard Artemis has suffered a great loss. Perhaps I won't write about meals in my log any longer. No more Larry jokes...how will I get through my day. We took a dingy ride back out to the caves and explored a couple of different ones. Then Mike and Al wanted to go swimming with Fungie. You should have seen Mike's face and how fast he paddled when Fungie came near. They had on wet suits and the water was Lake Superior cold. Our patience paid off. Fungie did a spectacular show for us. All of a sudden it was like he went crazy. He started flying into the air, jump after jump not 25 feet from our dingy. I shot some great video unfortunately it happened so fast we didn't get any still shots. We came back and grilled pork chops for our fabulous crews "last supper" aboard. Pricella off of "Nomad" a Ted Brewer design, was a great help to Al. She gave us cruising ideas and tide information. Larry and Judy did a gig (guitar and flute) for Johny Murphey up at marina. He told people a little lie, "These people were famous back in the sixties." They went to Flaherty's Pub to listen and play a little. Mike, Judy, Al, and I went for an ice cream cone. Judy got a cone and we ended up in Murphy's Pub for a Guinness, Harp and live music. Both truly are the Irish experience. The place was rocking. Billy on guitar, Eddie on accordian, female vocalist and a bodhran drum player. We hope to get to Glengarriff Harbor near Bantry tomorrow. Love and God Bless, Sally, Al, Mike, Judy, Larry, and Judy [top]
July 16, 2006
Hi all, 'Twas another absolutely beautiful day in Dingle, Ireland. Sunshine and blue skies. Mike, Al and I walked up to St. ?? for mass. It was in Gaelic so we couldn't understand a thing. We went to communion so does it still count? I made egg dish and scones for breakfast. Larry and Judy arrived from their B&B and we all went for a dingy ride out to the mouth of the harbor. Fungie, Dingle's very own dolphin swam under the dingy and surfaced next to us. I don't remember if I mentioned that Fungie greeted us when we arrived late Thurs. night. He came up and chattered at us just like Flipper. He's been greeting boats to Dingle since 1986. He just showed up one day and has never left. His behavior suggests that he may have been released or escaped from a marine park at some time. Al and I went for a dingy ride while everyone else walked up to the headland at the harbor entrance. We went into a neat cave and motored over by some awesome crevices. We landed on the sandy beach and walke d to the headland too. When it was time to head back the dingy motor failed us so we ended up rowing back to the beach. Larry, Judy, Judy S. and I started walking back to Dingle along the water. Mike and Al started paddling. Low and behold in sails "Medley" an Orion 50 our friends from Nova Scotia. I video taped the rescue from high above the harbor entrance as I walked along. I heard Mike yell, "Hey Al, there's are our friends from Nova Scotia!" We had last seen them at the dock in St. John's, Newfoundland. What are the chances they would arrive just as Al and Mike needed rescuing. Al claimed they were the "Dingle welcoming committee". I heard them say something else and the Canadians answered, "What's it worth to you?" Laughter and a line was thrown to shipwrecked sailors. Meanwhile we had a lovely 3 mile walk back to town through cow and sheep pastures, up and over many a stone wall, and along the water the whole way so we could monitor the progress of the rescue. They of course arrived long before we did and sat in the cockpit drinking beer and manhattans until our arrival. We decided to grill chicken and pork chops for dinner. Mike made a nice blend of zucchini, mushrooms, onion, and garlic for a veggi. We made potatoes on Mike's demand. He's definitely not a rice man. Love Sally, Al, Mike, Judy, Larry, and Judy [top]
July 15, 2006
Hi all, Greetings from Dingle. Al says there's a lot of Irish looking people around here. Everywhere you look and the brogue is quite pronounced. Al and I slept in with such a quiet boat this morning. We took showers expecting customs to show up at noon. Two hours later we said forget it we're going for a walk. We took a four mile hike up above town, out a ways and back along the bay. We had a beautiful view in every direction. Judy S was most impressed with the cows and sheep we met along the way. It was a great walk and gave us a real sense of Ireland. We came back and had an ice cream cone and visited with Johny Murphy the harbor superintendent. He's quiet a character and we love teasing and talking with him. We went up to the grocery store and Mike picked up supplies to create tonight's dinner. Mike made spaghetti with meat/sausage sauce, salad, and bread for dinner. Judy and Larry kept their B & B for another night. Mike, Judy, Al and walked in the Irish country side for a bit after dinner.
Love Sally, Al, Mike, Judy, Larry, and Judy [top]
July 14, 2006
Hi all, We're in Dingle, Ireland! Our first six hours after arising at 0900 were spent cleaning saltwater off of Artemis, and all of our gear. Al tried to get the European charger worker only we kept blowing shore power. Finally at 1530 the captain gave us shore privileges and we were able to touch ground on Ireland! Dingle is a lovely coastal village. Colorful houses, tiny streets and store fronts right upon the road. We called the boys and our parents, bought some beer and had dinner at the harbor view restaurant with Mike and Judy. They had a BBQ and yes boys we ate lamb tonight along with sausage, burger, and chicken. Judy arrived at 1510 a few blocks from the marina. We got some laundry done. Custom us very lacked except 80 nm before we hit Ireland a Coast Guard airplane flew over and circled the boat. They said they'd stop by tomorrow around noon to check us in. Mike, Judy, Larry and Judy all got B$B's (bed and breakfast)for the night so Al and I have Artemis to ourselves. Six weeks is a long time to live with crew but I think we did it well and I'd take this crew again in a moment! Fantastic, wonderful crew and I love them all. Love and God Bless from Artemis,
Sally, Al, Mike Judy, Larry and Judy [top]
July 13, 2006
Hi all, Sorry our mail still would not go out today. But we did get messages from home. The crew is anxiously watching the miles drop on the GPS. We've been motoring for the past 30 hours. The wind switched out of the NE 4-10 before watch last night. The seas have continued to come from the SW until this afternoon. We have NW swells 3 meters. We look like we are going up and over hill after hill. We cleaned out the shower and everyone took hot showers this afternoon. I cleaned the refrigerator top to bottom, changed my sheets, washed the floor and tidied the cabin. Now if we'd just get there. Land Ho! Larry was the first to spot land at 1755. We are still 25 nm from Dingle Harbor entrance. That means we'll arrive after dark. Too bad I was hoping to get video of our arrival. Judy is making curry chicken cabbage salad and rice for dinner. I just did something wrong and lost Tues. July 11 log entry. Darn it. At 1850 a whale spouted then came clear out of the water. The shore of Irelan d is rugged cliffs and as we enter Dingle Bay the outlying islands stand 500-600 ft off the ocean. Beautiful. We watched in awe as we drew closer, much like we expected but different. It'll be 2230 before we reach Dingle Harbor. For now we still have light. The smell of peat as we draw closer. It's 2240 and we've made the turn to Dingle Harbor. Visibility is good but it is dark out. We've tied of to a dock at 2334. Yes! We made it! So cool! We can't find a phone so we're hoping the email goes through.
Love Sally, Al Mike, Judy and Larry [top]
July 12, 2006
Hi all, 'Twas another quiet night on the North Atlantic. The winds were only 8-15 kt so most times we were only going 4.5-5.5 kt. When Al and I got up at 1100 it was decided to motor for a while as the winds died to under 5 kt. I finished book 2 of Harry Potter and I am well into book 3. Quite enjoyable. I made chicken gumbo soup for lunch and some of Judy's homemade bread. Judy's making an apple crisp to use up our produce before facing Irish customs. We'll also use up our potatoes, carrots, and parsnips in a beef mushroom pot roast. We still hope to make landfall sometime Thurs. evening. We have 130 nm to go to Dingle. Not much excitement and little marine life as of late. Except Mike claims to have seen a mola,(ocean sunfish), floating on the surface as he came on watch this morning. Of course since no one else witnessed this apparition you'll have decide for yourself fantasy or reality through the eyes of Michael Shawn Sikorra. We've seen some sort of little jelly fish (2" dia meter with tentacles)and there's a new bird for the past two days. Mike thinks it's a shearwater. It's about the same size as a seagull, white on the bottom side and brown on top. Once again sorry about the delay in our log book. Al hasn't had much luck getting a station to pick up our mail. Love and God Bless,
Sally, Al, Mike, Larry, and Judy [top]
July 11, 2006
Hi all, I accidentally erased this log entry so Judy and I will try to remember that day. It was a quiet sailing day. Judy spent most of the afternoon in the galley. She made the most fantastic 7 grain bread. It takes about 4 hours beginning to end but believe me it was worth the effort. We could have "lived on bread alone". We made raspberry glazed pork tenderloin, lemon toasted pecan green beans, rice, and blue cheese/vanilla pear cabbage salad. 263 nm to Dingle. The guys jerry rigged a wire for the refrigeration. We either need a new thermostat or some wires have come loose, a job better tackled when in port.