Saturday, 1 June 2013


After the labours of yesterday the crew needed an easier day. We left Carrickfergus about 6am and had a fine reaching sail with a fair tide along a scenic coast to Glenarm, where we tied up just as the church clock was striking 12 noon.

Glenarm is a lovely little town that prospered hundreds of years ago on the trade with Scotland. The picture shows D in the immaculate, impressively walled garden in the castle grounds.

There are many reminders in the town of its historic links with Scotland. There must have been regular traffic across these difficult waters in the days when seafaring was much less easy than it is today. The old pilot book refers to the best course to take for rowing boats to cross over from Northern Ireland to Scotland. That would make the Oxford and Cambridge Boat race from Putney to Mortlake look very simple.

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