16 September 2019 – Upwind

Start position
Dunstaffnage Marina
Finish position
Loch Aline
We arrived back on board yesterday, to find all well. We have stocked up the fridge, which has been repaired and had a good supper at “The Wide Mouthed Frog”.
There is just enough space in the marina to reverse out of our berth without excitement. We move to the fuel berth and refuel.
While doing so, the wind is gusting up to 20kts, which is going to be on the nose. We prepare a reef and wait for the squall to pass. The bowsprit is out and the reefed main hoisted before we cast off, just before midday. It’s a short sail out of the bay, where we hoist the staysail. It’s immediately clear that we’re underpowered as the wind eases. The jib is unfurled and the reef dropped. It’s still slow progress against wind and tide.
We tack away from the next rain squall and start to make better progress past Kerrera. The idea is to pick up the tide as it turns South of Lismore to help us up the Sound of Mull, but we can’t find it. Maybe we’re a little early and not close enough to Mull. It’s more obvious than sometimes that we only really get going well as the wind exceeds 15kts. We avoid the showers and finally pick up the tide as we pass Glas Eileanan. We’re getting a good sail, so rather than motoring to Tobermory, we sail into Loch Aline. Sailing straight in provides plenty of shelter for tidying up. There are only a few other yachts. We reverse into a finger berth to avoid stowing the bowsprit.
L cooks salmon on board.
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One Comment

  1. Richard and Louise, enjoy. I really missed my usual August with Bloodhound. Last time we sailed up to Tobermory, as we passed Loch Aline the gusts from the hanging valley on Mull were approaching 54 knots. Bloodhound was doing 11 knots and Bosun Steve was having difficulty keeping up with us in the launch with substantial twin diesels. Don’t forget to dine at Isle of Eriska.

    Brian x

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