The first Ruffian trip of the year took place last weekend with a hugely enjoyable trip to Carlingford.
50 miles north is a new record for our Ruffin. We sailed in company with ex-member Niamh on her new boat "Challenger".
While the good weather brought brilliant sunshine, the wind was in shorter supply so some motor sailing was in order. For the trip up the early birds were at the Coal Harbour for a six o'clock start. (Bronagh, Damien, Eleanor, James, Robin, Una) They made landfall after a 11 hour journey for some welcome refreshments in PJs.
Challenger made the return trip on Sunday with Robin, Dermot, James and Wyn on board while the Ruffian had an afternoon cruise around the Lough visiting the United Kingdom although we didn't go ashore as unfortunately some of the crew had forgotten to bring their passports.
On Monday we set for home at 7.30 arriving in Dun Laoghaire for 6.30 that evening. We motored to Lambay in fog and very light air, spotting a few whales along the way. The fog then cleared to reveal the holiday sunshine as we sailed on past Howth and home. We even met a flock of yellow ducks who had escaped after the Liffey race on Saturday (as well as meeting many flocks of hens in Carlingford). Crew for the return trip were Carlos, Cearbhall, Damien, Elma, Gary and Martina.