Finally arrived in Toronto!

Finally arrived in Toronto! This will be our new home 🇨🇦🍁🇨🇦🍁🇨🇦 #canada #sailing #steelboat #toronto #citylife #yacht #liveaboard #travel #explore #ontario #marina #marinalife #boatlife

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Baltimore, Ireland to Baltimore, Maryland

We come from a small village in the southwest coast of Ireland called Baltimore, population 400. Today we dropped our anchor at Baltimore, Maryland, population 611k. We can’t wait to explore this city. Now off to Bushe’s for a pint. #Baltimore #Ireland #Maryland #US #thewire #fiveO #waydowninthehole #sailing #yacht #liveaboard #travel #explore #anchorage #skyline

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Ireland to France- Our first crossing.

After almost a month of pottering around Baltimore, provisioning and making the boat ready for cruising we finally picked a gap in the weather and hit the high seas.

On June 12th we topped up our water and fuel tanks, tied our dingy to the deck and set course for France.

We sailed out the mouth of the harbour passed the beacon at about 2215h. Initially we tried to do 2 hour shifts on watch throughout the night, with one person in the wheel house and one person sleeping in the saloon where they could get up quickly if they were needed.

The first night we kept having trouble with our Aries, self steering (we later modified where the Aries was attached to the tiller to give it a bigger swing and better control the boat even when it went off course) As a result we had a very sporadic sleep pattern for the few nights during crossing from Ireland to France.

We had good wind leaving Ireland that lasted through the first night, first day and into the second day. However on the second day it ended up been flat calm. We dropped our sails and motored through to the 3rd night. As our final day came around we picked up a bit more wind and were able to start sailing again but we still had to keep the motor going to keep us moving at a reasonable 4 knots.

It then took us the most of your 3rd day to get from the shipping lanes off Ouessant to our anchorage in Camaret. Apart from running into a calm patch half way over we were pleased with our first crossing together, no choppy seas and nobody’s lunch was emptied over the side.

Looking forward to a few days of rest we hit our bunks for a full nights sleep.

Cape Clear- A rough night at sea

We wanted to spend a night at sea before we did our first crossing to France. One evening we decided to just sail out towards the Mizen Head. This was not our best idea as this particular night ended up being very rough with very steep choppy waves. We were out about 3 hours out when we decided that it wasn’t worth putting ourselves through a full night of horror. We changed our course and decided to make something out of the sail by sailing into the nearest harbour, Cape Clear North.

It’s a small harbour with steep rock cliffs on either side of the entrance. It was about 2am by the time we made our way into the harbour and tied up at the pier. We eat some lovely vegetarian chilli that Ciara had prepared before we headed off. We then collapsed into bed and fell straight asleep.

The following morning (maybe midday) we were greeted with sunshine and a much calmer day. We spent a few hours tidying up the boat as stuff had falled all over the place the night before. One of our friends paid us a visit in his rib and then we sailed back to Baltimore with a nice following wind.
The experience of the night before was a bit putting off at the time but looking back on it now I think it was good that we got stuck in some really crappy weather, if only for a few hours. it was a bit of a warning to make sure you are properly prepared and that you make sure that you have a good handle on the weather forecast.