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Captain Log ID: 548
Title: To Aranmore
Boat Name(Id): Dansa ( 1133)
Sailor Name(Id): Chris Ayres ( 2672)
Geo Region: North West Ireland
Date of Occurance: 2004-08-24
Latitude: N 55º   0'
Longitude: W 8º   30.96'
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Earlier log from "Dansa":  547
Newer log from "Dansa":  550
Through Rathlin O'Birne Sound
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Sat 10th Teelin to Aran Roads, Aranmore:

44.63 miles 10 hrs

A beat to windward for 3 hours took us out to the island of Rathlin O'Birne but once through the sound and round Malin More Head we could free off and it was a fast reach up the coast to Aranmore. The wind had freshened once more and was gusty too, varying between 7 to 20 knots, the skies were overcast giving us occasional showers. The coast was shrouded in mist at times and we mostly kept a good offing both on account of the poor visibility and for the many rocks and dangers inshore. We did pass closer to the west coast of Aran Island with its fine rock scenery.
Rounding Torneady point, the swell which had been on our beam most of the day, was now behind us and horribly confused by its diffraction around the point. We dropped the main, no easy matter with the heavy rolling and ran into Aran roads on the no 3 alone. Here we rounded up and dropped anchor in the lee of Calf Island, beautifully sheltered.