Sunday, 10 April 2011

Nearly on our way back

Orion is currently on the hard awaiting new anodes and just generally checking over her hull which looks good. The coppercoat has done its job and we are free of growth which is heartening. It has been along time coming but I think that we are nearly ready to go back to the sun!
Orion has been in Liverpool for 20 months and you tend to forget how much work we have done since our arrival.

  • replace all the roof linings
  • refurbish both heads
  • fit new solar panels
  • fit wind generator
  • re design and upgrade the chart table
  • Fit new radar/AIS
  • Refurbish the stern cabin
  • new sail bags
Just a few more purchases to be made such as new life raft, a sea anchor and a new dinghy... but they should be sorted before the end of May

We have made a rough itinerary for anyone interested in crewing but this is just as far as Gib

Leave Liverpool 30th May (HT 10.00 local time)
Liverpool to Arklow via Holyhead ( approx 140 mls)

Leave Arklow Wed 1st June (HT 09.00 local time)

Arklow to Kilmore Quay (60 miles approx)

Leave Kilmore Quay Friday June 3rd

Will travel along the Southern Irish Coast stopping at various ports

Aiming to be in Baltimore by the 9th June

Leave Baltimore for Porto Sin ( South of La Corunna Spain ) - 550 miles approx 5 days

Leave Porto Sin 19th June
Down coast of Spain / Portugal – 340 miles to Cape St. Vincent
Possible stops on the way at either Nazare or Peniche

Arrive Lagos 24th June
3 days stop off in Lagos - leave 27th June

Onward to Gibraltar via Faro and Cadiz possibly Morrocco
Arrive Gibraltar 4th July LEG 2 Gib to Greece to follow.

I have now resolved that I am going to update this page and our new Facebook page on a regular basis