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Richard Thorn gave me a couple of quality suggestions not far from Erris Head….Eagle Island and Scotch Port Rock. Unfortunately, at Eagle Island the side we wanted to dive on still had plenty of swell and wind. We had a dive on the sheltered side and found this little gully in shallow water. Loads of surge so difficult to capture. This is one of the many continuing problems I encounter trying to photograph around. 
 
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A short hop and a jump and we anchored at Frenchport and had a very mellow nights sleep.
Seriously, we have our fair share of windy nights and this was a wonderful anchorage.
 
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Next day we headed to Scotch Port Rock which was way more sheltered.
 
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We geared up and got in the water and were given a warm welcome by plenty Jellyfish.
 
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As soon as we descended we found we had dropped right into a spectacular gully.
 
Here’s ciaran a ghostly diver swimming through the gully.
 
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I managed to get another pic as we safety stopped on the way up….A small pinnacle.
 
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Past Black Rock and onto Achill for anchorage at Keem Bay
 
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4:30pm 9th of June…..The scene was set, the crowds had gathered and we were on our way. Months of preparation and training and finally we had cast off.

 

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The send off party

 

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Ciaran at the Helm

 

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Not long after clearing Killary Harbour we had some force 3 northerlies which enabled us to head West at about 7kts. Watch systems established….Andy & Ciaran, Jamie & Josie and Adam & I…..3 hours on 6 hours off.  Our first watch was 9pm to 12pm and was a stunning one….great sailing and a fiery sunset. 

 

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Perfect conditions, a fine chorizo and pasta dinner, delicious chocolate and banana cake by Ma Muldowney, a spectacular sunset……what could go wrong?

 

The winds eased throughout the night and by the time Adam & I came on watch for our 6am watch the winds had died completely. We were 100 NM from Killary. An easy decision to bring the engine into play as we had slowed right down. After a few minutes it sounded wrong so we shut it down and started looking into it. A leak in the gearbox almost all all the transmission fluid had leaked. We had spare but we had lost about 2 litres. This was critical and could leave us with out the engine. So….a hard but easy decision…..about turn and return to Killary. Initially we had slack winds meaning it could be days returning home but luckily our fortune changed and we got perfect winds. We lost wind along the Killary and Shane, Jamies son, came out and towed us in to anchor. 

 

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So, currently we are at anchor and the gearbox has to come out. Until we have this problem resolved we cannot continue on route……….Watch this space!!!

 

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