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Jamily
Jamily

Clive McGovern sailed Jamily for a three week cruise taking in the beautiful sights of the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Scotland

Area: United Kingdom
Boat: Jamily - Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 40
Location : Scottish,  Northern Ireland and Irish Sea Coast
Distance  638 Nautical Miles
Skipper:  Clive McGovern. Onboard from from 10th June to 1st July =22 days
Crew were:
Jennifer McGovern 13th June to 29th June = 17 days
Denise McKinney 10th June to 16th June = 7 days
Andrew Shields 26th June to 1st July = 6 days

Jennifer Mc Govern
Jennifer Mc Govern

 

Sailed from Liverpool on the 10th June and arrived back to Liverpool on the 1st July taking in Laxey (IOM) , Bangor N Ireland, Campbeltown, Portavadie, Troon, Port Bannatyne, East Loch Tarbet, Ardrishaig, Through Crinan canal stopping at Cairnbarn and Crinan, Tayvallich, Port Ellen (Islay),Campbeltown, Glenarm N. Ireland, Bangor N.Ireland, Peel (IOM) and  Laxey (IOM).

This was a great trip which was to have been a complete month away but as is the inconvenience of work Clive was stuck out at sea on a vessel towing a rig from Nigeria to Malaga in Spain which prolonged his shift for two extra weeks! Such is life.

Anyway, as a result of this, Clive sailed out from Liverpool later than expected with Denise McKinney joining him for the first part of the trip. They sailed to Laxey then Bangor, Northern Ireland where They picked up Jennifer who had finished work and got the overnight ferry to join them.

From there they had hoped to sail first thing but there was a fog blanket covering them so they waited until 10 am when the fog appeared to be lifting so they nosed out of the harbour and decided to give it a go and headed across the North Channel to Campbeltown where they spent a very windy night rafted up to a large catamaran.

The Portavadie mutineers
The Portavadie mutineers

From there they headed up to Portavadie in Loch Fyne which is a fine marina with a hotel, Gym and spa complex complete with outside infinity pool. A  mutiny was narrowly avoided the following day when the two women on the boat suggesting that it would be “nice to stay there a bit” while Clive needed to sail as the intention was to crack the Crinan Canal this trip so they pressed on to Troon where Denise headed home and Jennifer and Clive set off to sail around the beautiful “Kyles of Bute” to Port Bannatyne for a night. From there they sailed to East Loch Tarbet to meet up with friends of theirs, Nigel and Beverley on “Ocean Banquet”.

The following day was spent beating up to Ardrishaig in the pouring rain to enter the Ardrishaig basin ready for the Crinan Locks the following day.

 

The narrowest part of the Crinan canal
The narrowest part of the Crinan canal

 

 

The idea was for Jamily and Ocean banquet to travel through the locks together so they could assist each other but that wasn’t to be as the boats were too big to fit in one lock so sadly they had to split up. They were blessed with great weather for the couple of days transiting the Canal which comes into its own with all the colours in the hills lit up by the sun.

 

The beautiful Tayvalich Bay
The beautiful Tayvalich Bay

 

 

Upon leaving Crinan they headed south to the beautiful Tayvalich Bay, while their friends headed North up to Mull.

They arrived at Port Ellen in wall to wall rain which was probably the worst they saw all trip but this soon abated and the sun came out again by the time we had tied up.

 

 

Lagavulin Distillery
Lagavulin Distillery

 

The following day it was a hike to the distilleries of Lagavulin, Laphroaig and Ardbeg for a wee taste, a couple of bottles for the boat and a meander back!

Next day was a trip back across to Campbeltown catching the tide for a fast transit across the foot of the Mull of Kintyre to pick up Jennifers’ Brother, Andrew, who was to join them and eventually sail “Jamily” back to Liverpool with Clive.

All the time Clive was conscious of a weather front heading their way across the Atlantic so with that in mind they started to head South again and a good sail was had to get them to Glenarm in Northern Ireland. This is a really picturesque looking village and they had a long walk up in the hills at the back of the marina there to stretch the legs.

Bangor marina was the next port of call where they said goodbye to Jennifer. Andrew and Clive sailed to Peel for a night alongside then an exhilarating sail around the bottom of the island to first Port st Mary but that looked like an exposed anchorage so they sailed further North back up to Laxey and picked up a visitors mooring for the night so they could get an early start back to Liverpool the following morning.

The trip back to Liverpool ended up being the best sail so far on a beam reach in winds gusting up to 32 Knots. They ended up back in Liverpool with a torn Genoa, the sacrificial strip well sacrificed and far too early for the lock so ended up waiting round for a while before getting in on the first lock.

By Clive McGovern

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