Holyhead Pit Stop
Position Report: 53° 55.1N 004° 50.9W (19 miles south of the Isle of Man)
A complex series of low pressure systems sitting over the UK forced a choice; we could either plug away to windward for 12 hours with little prospect of real progress, or make a brief call into Holyhead and re-emerge into the tail end of a depression transitting, unusually, westward over the Irish Sea and be rewarded with a period of favourable southerly breeze to carry us north towards Scotland. Despite some reservations that it would interrupt the watch routine which has taken a while to settle into, it was not a difficult call.
We have therefore topped up on fuel and water, and have taken the opportunity to address the inevitable eclectic jobs list which emerges during the opening days of a passage at sea. Returning to shore with a seemingly rather eccentric shopping list we were successful in tracking down most items. High on the list of priorities was to address drips! When water sluices over decks a small amount of it will always find its way below. When this leads to drips above the crew's bunks it is a powerful incentive to seek out any possible route of ingress. We have added new rubber seals to forehatches and are confident that the results will justify the effort. It would be remiss not to note, also, the helpful and friendly reception from the staff of Holyhead's small Marina,
We were on our way again by 6pm and slipped into a grey and still chilly night heading north. Now, approaching the Isle of Man, the sea and sky are devoid of references; the occasional passing ship's lights the only reassurance that there is anything out there at all. We are making progress, however, with the expected more southerly wind direction providing a much more stable ride than the headwinds which have prevailed on the trip until now. All remains well on board - and, so far, devoid of drips.