The great thing about hanging around in any harbour is watching all the comings and goings. We had fun in Loch Aline on a windy Wednesday afternoon as boats made their decisions on where to anchor mainly it seemed based on where we and a handful of other boats were and not on how sheltered they’d be stuck just that little bit further out into the loch with the wind howling down its short length from the entrance. At least one boat had to move before the evening was out to a calmer spot.
|Saturday morning - 2nd leg of the Round Mull race starts|
The Hebridean Princess arrived mid-afternoon, her black and white hull making her look for all the world like a Calmac ferry (apparently she once was one but nowadays is occasionally chartered by HM), she anchored down the bay from us with a loud rattling of chain that sounded like a massive thunderstorm below on Temptress and sent us scuttling on deck to see what calamity had happened in the harbour. This miniature cruise ship is now quietly swinging to her chain presumably her passengers will be going ashore shortly. As the afternoon wore on hordes of cruising yachts arrived, Tobermoray on a grey Friday evening seemingly a magnet to every visiting yacht for miles around including the fleet of the Round Mull Yacht Race arriving from Oban. Great for boat spotting and people watching with practical lessons on how to or how not to anchor thrown in for good measure!
We may not be exactly long distance cruising but we certainly are enjoying the superb mountain scenery, relatively flat water sailing (including when it was blowing force eight down the Sound of Mull on Thursday morning) and the lovely harbours and lochs in which to anchor. Kevin is beavering away, fitting the solar panels to their scaffolding as I type this. Let’s hope next weeks promised weather improvements will include some sunshine to test them out in. For now posting this entry will have to wait though, no 3G coverage in the bay but hopefully we’ll find a friendly cafe with wifi soon.
Kerrara – Loch Aline – Tobermoray 31.6nm logged 719nm total