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Captain Log ID: 550
Title: To Lough Swilly
Boat Name(Id): Dansa ( 1133)
Sailor Name(Id): Chris Ayres ( 2672)
Geo Region: North West Ireland
Date of Occurance: 2004-08-25
Latitude: N 55º   12'
Longitude: W 7º   36.959'
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Earlier log from "Dansa":  548
Newer log from "Dansa":  551
Horn Head
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Sun 11th Aranmore to Portsalon. Lough Swilly;

45.32 miles 10 hrs 19 mins

A grey misty and drizzly morning for our departure with 1 reef in the main and the no 3 set. Leaving the Ballagh Rocks beacon to starboard we sailed to the North end of Owey Island and then to Gola Island. Out to sea breaking waves and white water marked the position of Bullogconnell bank, given a wide berth. Given the usual swell most of the unmarked banks and rocks that the coast abound with are fairly easy to spot and avoid. They announce their presence with breaking waves, it might be more difficult in flat calm conditions.
As the wind eased we shook out the reef and changed to the no 2 genoa. Past Bloody Foreland, named on account of the spectacular sunsets to be seen, the sea were quite and so to Horn Head. Now sitting on a mooring at Portsalon in Lough Swilly, so we have turned the corner so to speak, rounded Bloody Foreland, said goodbye to the West and are scooting along the North Coast.