Storm Glider Goes North 6b (Bangor to Ardrishaig): Isle of Arran

Views of Arran

Mainland Scotland
Blackwaterfoot, Arran
Possibly a submarine hunter! (Submarine exercise area on the chart)
South side Catacol Bay
South side Catacol Bay
Catacol, Arran
Catacol Bay, Arran
Area of An Scriodan, Arran
Saying goodbye to Arran from Inchmarnock Water
Arran from Inchmarnock Water

Storm Glider Goes North 6a (Bangor to Ardrishaig): Kintyre and approaches

A fine, blue sky, 86 NM day motor-sailing to Scotland, with the views to prove it! This section 6a covers Kintyre, 6b is Arran, 6c is Ardrishaig. There is overlap in the pictures.

Land Ahoy! Scotland!
Ailsa Craig
Sanda Lighthouse
Then you see this! What is going on at the shoreline? Couldn’t figure it out at the time.
Zoomed in
Looked similar at Campbeltown
Campbeltown zoomed in

(Some weeks later) Presumably a form of ‘inferior mirage’ as the mirage is below the real image.

Views higher up the peninsula

The Cal Mac Claonaig Lochranza ferry
Skipness Castle
Skipness Castle and Chapel

Storm Glider Goes North 5: Ardglass to Bangor (marina pontoon) and Belfast

And here we are in Bangor marina outside Belfast

Storm Glider in Bangor marina
The view from the hatchway

Bangor waterside
Above and below
The view down below
Westerly Storm 33

Followed by a day trip to Belfast, with a little maritime history.

Titanic ‘memorial’ museum – there is no Titanic

While there is no Titanic hereabouts there is the Titanic’s handmaiden – the Nomadic. Her job was to ferry the passengers to and from the Titanic and Olympic liners which could not get into Cherbourg harbour.

Titanic’s handmaiden – the Nomadic

The Nomadic

But much more interesting is this Ship Caisson used to seal off the dry dock.

Dry dock with ship caisson

This ‘boat’ is floated into position at the entrance to the dock after the main ship has entered. Next the ship caisson is flooded with water so that it sinks down with its keel and extended flanges fitting into the grooves in the lock entrance. This snug fitting boat / submarine now completely blocks the entrance of the dry dock so the the water can be pumped out leaving the main ship high and dry and ready to be worked on. But remember to keep it well supported Leith dry dock

Ship caisson

Further upstream is the presently small (but in the future large) Belfast marina and obligatory new waterside dwellings etc. With some interesting ships to look at.

Belfast marina
Belfast marina and dwellings
Belfast marina with one of either the Samson or Golaith cranes in yellow sneaking in to the right of the Titanic museum
View across Belfast marina looking back to the Titanic business

Back in Bangor

Storm Glider

Storm Glider Goes North 4: Dún Laoghaire to Ardglass, Northern Ireland (marina pontoon)

It’s a narrow, buoyed way in to Ardglass marina

The entrance to Ardglass marina

Which opens out to enclose the marina pontoons

Marina and starboard channel marks
Buoyed entrance channel centre left
Ardglass marina pontoons at close to low tide
At low tide it is a steep gangplank up to the marina office and showers Sure to be a tale or two from the staff!
The village seafront
They are into shore-based pursuits such as golf
The village shop, Ardglass. It stays like this day and night!

Instead, we shopped at Milligans – an independent, well stocked supermarket a short walk up from the front. Remember independent supermarkets in the UK?

Storm Glider Goes North 3: Rosslare to Arklow (marina pontoon) to Dún Laoghaire (marina pontoon)

Welcome to Arklow. Nice marina showers!!! (best not to count the days) And the kind manager gave us lift to the petrol station for more diesel (something you should know about relocating a sailing yacht over Easter). Here we are alongside the easy-to-access river pontoons – looked a bit tight in the marina basin. Large shopping centre close by on this side of the river. Town centre and harbour access via the road bridge.

Arklow marina river pontoon

And, just when you think you’ve seen everything, a motorised pontoon! They claimed they were recreating the Kon-Tiki expedition!

It is a rather ingenious contraption, or raft, built like a square doughnut with an outboard for manoeuvring and with a central hoist for lifting moorings. This was not an easy process yet a fine way to use up most of a day.

After a day provisioning we are off to Dún Laoghaire and much larger marina set up

Dún Laoghaire Marina
with some of the other boats
The large marina at Dún Laoghaire
Dusk at Dún Laoghaire (after drinks at the National Yacht Club – thankyou Frank!)

Storm Glider Goes North 2: Across St George’s Channel from Dale to Rosslare, Ireland (anchorage)

Some motor-sailing from a to b.

Motor-sailing to Ireland

Tuskar Rock lighthouse

Off Rosslare: Tuskar Rock lighthouse
Tuskar Rock with added Irish Ferries

A wonderful welcome from the folks in Rosslare after we first peered into Wexford Harbour and hastily changed our minds.

We anchored off Rosslare by the three public mooring buoys. Just look at the ‘warm’ setting sun, it could be the riviera, really😉

Rosslare anchorage opposite Kelly’s
As the sun set
The sun goes down in Rosslare

And so, for the pièce de résistance we found our way to Kelly’s Hotel (who kindly let us in despite our oilskins and boots) and served up our first:

is good for you!

Followed by

Delicious crab claws at Kelly’s Hotel Rosslare

and to finish

The ‘Trio of Chocolate Mousse with Orange Biscotti’ ending at Kelly’s

Never too old to learn; it had all looked so easy as we motored in, hurriedly tied up the dinghy and walked off to see the sights!

As we arrived. Later, and after some refreshment, do you remember how to get back to the boat in the dark …!