Daring duo are not so daring today.
Forecast is for pouring rain all day
and the UK met office is giving out a strong wind warning for Carlingford Loch. GRIBS show F6 early evening off Ardglass just as we would arrive, when there would be wind over tide near St. John's head. The forecast is different each time it is given and the GRIBS change every six hours. After having a F6-7 off WIcklow Head on Thursday when F4 was the maximum predicted we just don't trust forecasts any more.
We have decided to stay put for today and see what tomorrow brings, although it is probably over-cautious. I just don't want to take risks now we are almost home, although Kathy is very keen to get moving.
At the moment it looks as though tomorrow might at least be drier - but once again for tomorrow the forecasts are all different, with Met Eireann giving moderate to fresh NW winds and the Met Office giving West or northwest, backing southwest for a time, 4 or 5, increasing 5 to 7.
Problem is it is 55 miles to Ardglass from here, with nowhere else to go on the way. Continuing North against the tide with strong wind over tide and then having to go through Donaghadee Sound in the dark is not an appealing option.
We are sick
of looking at weather . . . utterly fed up with it. It will be a big relief to be able to say 'we are going into Oban today' and just get in the car without having to look at three different weather forecasts. Still, it has been worse for those of you who have had to put up with this weather for months. In the meantime it is impossible to predict when we will get back as there is no sign of any stable weather pattern becoming established at any point.
We will probably have to move berths today anyway as this berth was only available for one night . . . . we will see what the office say when they open.