4 May 2019 – Inverkip to Bute

Start position
Kip Marina
Finish position
Port Bannatyne, Bute
We got on board yesterday. L from Dunfermline. R from sleeper train, but without much sleep. ‘Ivy Green’ in good shape, moored at the marina entrance and the only wooden mast in the marina. She’s soon ready for action. The latest adjustments to the stern gland, before leaving Hamble, seem to be working well, with hardly a drip and no further adjustment having been made.
It’s just a couple of minutes to motor out and start hoisting. Very different from the Hamble.
We’re soon bearing away under main and staysail in a cool, Northerly breeze, towards ‘Toward Point’. (Like ‘Howard’). There are only a few other boats out. We cross the channel to avoid a couple of warships going the other way. Round the corner, we see dolphins as the wind goes more fluky and we get a couple of short showers.
The downwind stop into Port Bannatyne marina is interesting, but we’re soon alongside and able to help others deal with the same problem. The marina is basic, but sheltered. Port Bannatyne is small, so we walk along the coast road into Rothesay. Rothesay has clearly seen better days, although the public gardens on the front are in good shape. Supper at the Hotel Victoria.
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