circa 12:55... Yes, that's a three hour interval since the last photo/video!
Well, we had an exciting time once we arrived in Bantry Harbour. The wind blew up (F5) and we experienced great difficulty in securing a visitor's mooring buoy. It's always easier for yachties!... They can lie down on the deck near the bow and reach down to secure a line to a mooring buoy. Mobos have it more difficult because of the height between deck and water!
First problem was actually picking up the lead line and even when we managed that the fun was only starting. We simply could not secure a line to the mooring buoy and in the process we lost our trusty Moorfast... the plastic head simply broke off as we tried to use it to secure a line to a mooring buoy... :-(
We considered some options... head back to Glengarriff and hope that it might be easier to secure a mooring buoy there, or head back down to the sanctuary of Lawrence Cove Marina and a solid berth.
BUT, in the end we tried a third option...We contacted the Bantry Bay Harbour Master and explained our predicament. He insisted that we hold fast and he then got into his car and drove out to the harbour and got into his own boat and sailed over to where we were and enabled us to secure a line to a mooring buoy. However, in the process I got a nasty feeling that the line had got tangled under Arthur's hull. The Harbour Master contacted a local diver, Diarmaid Murphy (pictured above with Mary), who came out and cut the tangled line before re-connecting it to the mooring buoy. And we also discovered that Diarmaid, together with his wife, runs a local fish restaurant, the Fish Kitchen (more later).
So, all's well that ends well. And having secured Arthur, and with the wind having reduced somewhat, we hopped into our dinghy ("Baby Arthur") and headed over to the new pontoon and then walked into town, approx. 10-15 mins depending on your walking speed!