An 07:00 start before the wind got up was helpful in allowing me to get off the pontoon and do a 3 point turn in the restricted space but the choppy sea from the previous strong wind meant I could not make any meaningful progress without the “Iron topsail” until the sea moderated and the wind increased at about 09:30 after which I was sailing all the way to Dundalk Bay with a couple of short tacks out to sea necessary to keep clear of the coast. The wind became very variable past Carlingford with a strong blast coming in from the south west.
Unlike last year finding an anchorage was straightforward, the tide was almost high and I could check out the area before choosing a safe spot to anchor, the sea bed was very flat, varying by only a foot or so over a large are so that was no problem.
The evening was a little uncomfortable with the tide holding the boat beam on to the wind and sea causing it to roll, fortunately I have my sea legs and when the wind changed to the north and things calmed down for a peaceful night.
38.2 miles over the ground in 10 hours.