Wednesday was haul out day, but it dawned such a lovely morning that it seemed a shame to waste it. So it was, we decided to sail across the bay to a small sandy beach and anchor for swimming and lunch. A new addition to the harbour was a cruise liner, which certainly looked impressive, so we to the opportunity to sail close along her sides as we made our way through the harbour.
The wind was very light and we fetched gently across with all sails. Porth Trefadog was technically a lee shore, but the wind was so light that there was almost no swell at all. Therefore we motored into the narrow cove and then did a 180 degree turn, before dropping the pin and then reversing firmly to dig it in.
After a pleasant interlude, we had to face up to returning to port and recovering the Aurora onto her trailer. The wind had died completely, so it was a motor back. I was thus able to use the time to take off the sails and prepare for de-rigging.
We had been offered use of the lifeboat slipway to recover, which has a good steep surface. It was almost high tide when we pulled aurora out and it was a textbook recovery.
Overall a very successful trip, a most enjoyable Old Gaffers Association gathering and we have been made to feel most welcome by Holyhead Marina.