It feels like forever since GG and Max headed out on the ocean waves, but we took to it like, eh, ducks to water this afternoon.
At the helm of Unsinkable III, once again, it’s Captain Adrian Hopkins, as charming a skipper as you ever could hope for, and along for the ride was our probation officer, delovely and delectable Ms K.
And what a beautiful day to creep out under those already towering Marina Villageapartments– as they reach for the sky – and past all those curvaceous, teasing, out-of-your-league-fatboy boats, to that big, round belly of a harbour, and out into the great, wide open Irish Sea.
Heading north, up along the Cliff Walk coastline, we pass the recently-unearthedÉire sign, and on past some Irish Rail workers who just happened to be taking a break at that very moment (what are the odds?), past the seals crib (little feckers were hiding today), and on to Bray, and that Brighton Pier-influenced promenade that looks great from pretty much any angle. But especially, it turns out, from the sea.
As we swung back towards Greystones, Captain Ado waxed lyrical about the abundance of fish and lobster pots these days, before promptly getting his propellor entangled in one of the latter.
And him having just taken all his tools off the boat last week. Including his trusty knife.
In the end, we had to hold onto the good Captain’s legs as he submerged his head and hands under the water, to unravel the spaghetti junction holding us back.
Luckily, the propellor was freed, and we didn’t end up with an empty pair of trousers.
Heading home, we swung on past the harbour mouth, to The Cove, to witness the new four-storeyLa Touche buildingfrom afar, and then on toThe South Beach, sprinkled with the smarter time wasters who knew a perfect September day when they saw one.
We’re hoping to have the lowdown soon on when that Marina Village boulevard might be up and strolling again, but, more immediately, we’ve been knocking on the developer’s door, trying to getthe plans for thenew 16-acre parkthat will lead into The Cliff Walk.
When we get those plans, you’ll get ’em. In the meantime, jump aboard for another spin along Greystones’ coastline…
You can jump back to our September 2016 boat trip with Hoppohere, and the August 2017 regatta here.
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