Wednesday

We spent today doing odd jobs onboard. Marcus bought 20ltrs of engine oil and started to get ready to replace the old with the new and I spent some time catching up with the blog. Unfortunately the clever little pump, that was supposed to draw the oil up through the dip stick hole, didn’t fit; consequently the aft cockpit is rapidly turning into a ‘back yard’ with all the bits waiting for a job to be done. We’ve been told there’s an amazing chandlery at Kilmore Quay, so hopefully we will be able to get the necessary bits there.

Tomorrow we are heading down towards Dublin and plan to stop over in Howth overnight. It will be a shame to leave here. It’s been a delight to spend some time here and relax a little. Looking out over the harbour is an entertainment in itself. The local herons are very tame and appear whenever there’s a new boat in.

Herons that think they're seagulls

Herons that think they’re seagulls

Thursday

An early start and we said goodbye to Ardglass.

Goodbye Ardglass

Goodbye Ardglass!

The sea was flat calm as we motored out past Killough and the light house.

A view of Killough to add to my memories

A view of Killough to add to my memories

A very colourful lighthouse for what used to be a very grey Killough

A very colourful lighthouse for what used to be a very grey Killough

The wind began to blow and we hoisted the sails. The 3 knots we made gradually increased to 8 and we had a great sail all the way down to just north of Howth to an anchorage behind an island called Ireland’s Eye. (We thaught it looked more like Dan’s broken tooth than an eye!)

Ireland's Eye. We were anchored just to the leaft of this photo.

Ireland’s Eye. We were anchored just to the left of this photo.

This was the first night we’d spent at anchor with our new Manson …. it did a splendid job and we both slept well. Putting the MOB position on the plotter was a great idea, Ian, we could easily check we weren’t dragging.

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