26 June 2019 – Crinan Canal – part 1

Start position
Tarbert
Finish position
Cairnbaan
The sun is out again. The light SE wind is expected to swing around in front of us. So we leave the bowsprit in and motor North towards Ardrishaig. An hour out we phone the sea lock and are told 3 boats are coming down, so the timing should work for our arrival. We see these boats, including a small gaff yawl, leaving as we approach the breakwater and motor straight into the sea lock. We wait 5 minutes for a 30ft motor boat to join us, then we’re on our way up. It’s a little wild as there’s a problem with one of the lock doors and they need the force of water to seal it.
The motor boat is staying, so we’ve got the locks to ourselves. The lock keepers are extremely helpful and help to work the first group of locks (2-4). A couple are also hanging about on shore helping, so we offer them a ride up the canal to the next group of locks (5-8) at Cairnbaan. That takes us to the high point of the canal, where we stop for the night. Our helpers walk back to Ardrishaig. Our solitude is interrupted by 2 boats going the other way, one of which rafts alongside.
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