Up at seven o'clock and outside the garage in Struthan hitch hiking by half past eight. By quarter past one we were back on the boat, having completed the 54 mile round trip in two lifts and a bus journey. Armed with spare fuel filters, we sailed off the mooring and left Cashla Bay in a moderate breeze which was – for a change – right on the nose once we got out into Galway Bay. We tacked for a bit, but then realised we would take three days to get to Roundstone, so put the engine on and motor-sailed.
As we came through the Inner Passage past St Macdara's Island the weather turned nice for the first time in living memory. As we motorsailed up towards Roundstone we passed a Galway hooker out practicing for the local races. Roundstone is in a beautiful setting, with the 12 pins of Connemara as a backdrop to the islands to seaward of the village. The sun came out , the wind dropped away to nothing and the evening was only marred by the weather forecast, promising us more strong winds, fog and rain. We picked up one of the four visitors' moorings as these looked as though they would be reasonably well sheltered if the predicted South-Easterly got up overnight.
The sun went down in a most satisfactory fashion as we put the anchor light on and blew the dinghy up for a quick run ashore for a pint of Smithwicks in O'Dowds. It's a very long way in from the mooring buoys, but it was a beautiful evening for it. Roundstone has several interesting looking pubs and restaurants, and would definitely be worth a longer visit, but we were off to Inishbofin in the morning.