July 24: we are slowly making our way down the Irish Sea – slow because we are mostly going against the prevailing SW wind. Anchored at Lamlash, Isle of Arran – it was wet. Swedish sail training ship Atlantica anchored next door, some of them went in for a (v quick) swim – mad young things! Then Lady Bay, Loch Ryan – rocked none too gently by big ferries going too and from Stranraer and Cairn Ryan. Good sail once the wind got up to Peel, Isle of Man where we tied to a buoy. Saw a pilot whale en route. Then a long and sometimes boisterous sail down to Holyhead, more big ferries to avoid. We are tied up in the marina here, the marina manager was very welcoming. No need for new Bimini sunshade, thermals more the order of the day. At last have some 3G again to update the blog. Lots of jobs to do here – get fuel, water and shopping and get rid of rubbish, and showers!