Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Derby Haven to Peel......

First of all a few shots from my time at Derby Haven:
A couple of seals swam around the cove every evening,
but didn't come close to Brown Eyes
I think this was the Loch Ness monster on his holidays.....!
It was only a short hop from Derby Haven around to Peel on the West coast of the Isle of Man and once again there was a distinct shortage of wind.

Heading into Calf Sound
My route took me through Calf Sound on the southern tip of the island and this is the narrowest sound that I have passed through so far.  The currents were not as strong or as turbulent as some that I encountered off Wales, but the lack of room for error helped to concentrate my mind.  That said, the abundance of seals basking on the rocks either side definitely drew my attention and I couldn’t resist taking a few photos with one hand, whilst ensuring a straight course was maintained with the other.
The southern tip of IoM
Seals watching me pass......
......through Calf Sound.
Once through I could put the auto-pilot back on and enjoy the views.
Lighthouse of the Day
As always with my destinations, there was a tidal gate to meet to gain entry into Peel Harbour which I comfortably made this time, as this was only a short passage.

I have time for a couple of days 'down-time' here in Peel, before heading further across the Irish Sea and Dublin.  Hopefully the wind will pick up a little.....but the sunshine stays.
Peel Castle 
I think my nose nearly matches my lifejacket now!

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