Cruise in Company Easter 2022

Posted: 3/5/2022

The RUYC Mini Cruise to Glenarm.

On Friday the 29th of April 2022, in and around 0930hrs three yachts, Wild Otter, Layla & Kittiwake, departed from Bangor heading north to Glenarm.  The weather was perfect the sea was calm and the sun was shining, unfortunately not enough wind to fill the sails. Motor Sailing, from time to time, seems to be the collective decision for today’s passage.

The three yachts arrived at Glenarm more or less at the same time1300hrs. Once berthed and securely fastened to the pontoons, arrival refreshments happened for all eight mariners on Kittiwake. Shortly afterwards, back to our own yachts for Lunch. This was followed by relaxation in the sunny afternoon with a short walk into the village to check out the surroundings.

The bring your own BBQ was organised in the shelter of the Marina Reception for 1800hrs. We had all brought our own BBQs, food, liquid refreshment of choice, seats and tables and set about cooking.  The eating soon started and all was fairly quiet whilst the munching continued for a while, in the late afternoon sunshine.  We chatted on as the sun went down and a cool breeze soon chased most of us back to the boats, some retired to other venues in the village. 

The conversation during the BBQ did discuss the next day’s passage weather and the proposed passage to Rathlin. The weather forecast was all day rain and wind increasing to 35knots in the late afternoon.  Departure to Rathlin would have been about 1100hrs, to take the north going tide, for the 22 mile passage of 4 hours. This would have meant our arrival at Rathlin, would be the teeth of a south westerly gale.  The decision was unanimous to stay in Glenarm.

Saturday dawned and the rain had come and the wind was increasing so a lazy day seemed to be in order. There was the Tulip Fair in the Castle Grounds and a Craft Fair in the Marina Car Park which some of us ventured to support in the afternoon.  Pre-Dinner drinks and lots of good conversation on Kittiwake and afterwards back to our own boats for Dinner. Once again some retired to the local venues in the village for thirst quenchers.

Sunday dawned and the rain and wind had departed.   Layla departed very early for Portpatrick, whilst not so early Kittiwake and Wild Otter departed for Bangor.  The wind was from the south so the iron donkey was once again in use.

Here ends the story of the Mini Cruise to Glenarm.

At the moment there are no plans for further cruises so just keep reading RUYC Tell Tales for information.

Peter Bullick & Rosemary Stevenson (Kittiwake

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