Early May Bank Holiday

Monday 1 May

Today is a Bank Holiday here in Ireland as well as in the UK, so not surprisingly it was windy and cold on a lumpy sea as we dragged ourselves out of Dun Laoghaire marina, applying a new scratch along the starboard hull before Skipper managed to reverse me most of the way to the outer harbour before finding room to turn me safely. Poor Mate was bounced around on the foredeck stowing fenders in the sail locker, and by the time we actually made the open bay she was glad for a spell on the helm, while Skipper hauled up the mainsail to steady our motion.
We made a relatively short passage to anchor in the lee of Lambay Island, where we saw a family of huge Atlantic seals basking on the shoreline. It turned out to be quite a rolly anchorage, but the Mate braved the galley to produce a mushroom risotto, before turning in for a less than peaceful night.