Irish Sea 2010

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We liked Falmouth, but did not take any photos. 
One of the first landmarks we passed after leaving was Lizard Point, the traditional start and finish line for various races round the world.

Lloyds signal station is atop The Lizard.  In the days before radio, sailing ships from afar would pass by to receive orders by semaphore on where to deliver their cargo.  Lloyds latterly had a telegraph connection to London, so that they could advise ship owners that their ships had arrived safely.  (A significant proportion of ships setting off from the UK for Australia, New Zealand, or the Far East never returned.)

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We rounded Lands End in fairly calm weather and headed North with a pleasant wind. 

A pod of dolphins accompanied us for a while.   they love playing in the bow wave. 

Usually there are only about 3 or 4, but this time we had a dozen or more as an escort.

Derek found a good viewpoint on our bowsprit. 
We thought we were approaching a snow capped island, but realised the white stuff is seagull dung.

We passed several lighthouses going up the Welsh coast, including South Stack, just South of Holyhead.
Derek left Milvina in Holyhead, and Helen arrived from Canada.

We climbed Holyhead Mountain.  Helen is looking back down on the South Stack lighthouse.

We sailed on to the Isle of Man, which we have passed several times, but never visited.
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