7am NW 14kn Pierre on Bla Svan left just before us, the harbour seal came to the surface to say goodbye. Seas calmed down after the tremendous wind we’d had over the past few days. Forecast was for NW-W 4-5 until around midday so we wanted to make decent headway on the 70nm trip to Cork. Wind shifted, was up down and switched to the west which slowed the journey. Big seas as we reached Ballycotton Bay made for slow progress. Entry into Cork Harbour was smooth and welcoming, we headed for Salve Marina which is next door to the Royal Cork YC in Crosshaven. 8.30pm arrival.
Next few days have been spent doing boat maintenance:
Sourcing the leak in the forepeak- likely through the side deck which had lifted slightly probably through ice/winter/freezing
Hooking up solar panels to batteries: how many times can the Captain go into the starboard lazarette in one day??
Sewing cowl covers to keep the seas completely out
Storm sail with McWilliams for alterations
Outboard in workshop for overhaul
Also have done a harbour tour, going up to Monkstown on the boat, bus ride into Cork city and back; been aghast at the size of the cruise ships that were in port; had dinner with Pierre and his new crew, Steffan a former private jet Pilate with many stories to tell; Guinness in Cronin’s pub; a trip to Kinsale with Willi’s friend Jim and Imelda; dinner at theirs; lunch in Cronin’s pub; Guinness at the Royal Cork YC
Leave Onegin in the hands of Salve Marina until we return for the next leg. Our thanks to Tim in Scotland and Willi throughout for all their help.