September 21, 2023
Nicola Douglas

Cork to Caernarfon 2023

Dolphins, rainbows and a stunning sunset

As the crew gathered for their safety briefing on Friday morning, storm Antoni threw 50 knot winds at us. Thanks to the very kind staff at The Rivers End Cafe in Crosshaven, we ran though safety, the watch system, shift changes, role responsibilities, personal hygiene matters and kit checks in the comfort of a sheltered space.

Once the gusts had subsided, the crew had a second briefing at the boat, stowed their kit, took up their positions on Roxy, eager to depart.

The first afternoon and evening at sea saw choppy conditions and a few queasy stomachs but also dolphin sightings, a stunning rainbow, some singing and a beautiful sunset.

Briefing in the cafe due to heavy winds outside
Seeing Roxy for the first time
Leaving Crosshaven

Shooting stars, seals and biscuit debates

The choppy seas finally subsided and the first night became quite peaceful. There was a clear sky for star gazing, and two shooting stars made an appearance.

Day two was calm for the most part, until rain at 5pm. They enjoyed close sightings of seals and another pair of dolphins swimming alongside Roxy.

There have been heated debates amongst the crew about the best biscuits and takeaways.


And they're in!

After 2 days, 21 hours and 15 minutes, our Cork to Caernarfon Roxy crew arrived at Victoria Dock. A challenging but rewarding experience for everyone involved. A magnificent team effort - well done to each and every crew member - Ruth, Tinks, Steph, Jeaninne, Garry, Marcus, Luke, Tim, Pierre,  skipper Nini and co skipper Chris.

Arrival up the Menai Straits into Caernarfon
Back row L to R - Chris, Marcus, Luke, Steph, Garry, Jeaninne, Pierre, Tim
Front row L to R - Tinks, Nini, Ruth