Aleria's Jaunt to Scotland: 4th July 2013 Black Sod Bay
Happy Independence Day America!
|Huge swell combined with cross waves to create a confused sea.|
Pounding around Achill and into Black Sod Bay, County Mayo, Ireland
|Well at least it wasn't a red sky at morning.|
We pulled into Black Sod just after 8 pm and made our way into quiet Elly Bay. It was a wide open bay surrounded by white sand beaches and no swell! It stays light until about 11 pm this time of year so we had plenty of light left in the day.
|Alex motorsailing around Achill.|
Dinner consisted of pre-cooked chicken, boiled potatoes and salad. Alex continued to fiddle with the AIS and VHF radio while I cooked. After dinner, sleep came really easily. We were back in the cradle swinging gently at anchor. We had both missed that magical sensation. We spent the night with the wind howling in the rigging, and got up early to press on while the wind continued to blow.
Later, we heard from American friends, Vicki and Paul on s/v Nokomis anchored in Black Sod with whom we were trying to meet up, that a foreign flagged vessel had sunk just off the Eagle Island lighthouse that day. The crew who had taken to their liferaft were rescued dramatically by helicopter. Our friends were wondering for days if it might have been us. Fortunately, it wasn’t.