|Team Tarbert tying up Temptress after Ardrishaig Sealock|
|Angus, Kevin and Scott sailing down Loch Fyne|
Precipitation in sight, alternatively known as Scottish Sunshine, is very common in these parts; there has to be a reason why everywhere is so amazingly green and the trees are covered in lichen and moss. The wind too is usually contrary being on the nose wherever you are trying to go. Come what may the Coast Guard (CG) delivering the Met Office summaries every four hours is probably the only predictable thing about the UK’s weather forecast and even that occasionally doesn’t happen when they are “emergency working” (ie responding to a Mayday)! Our trip south included lots of bands of rain but little reached us though we were privileged to see some amazing rainbows.
We’ve also been practising with wider weather pictures for some time too in preparation for ocean passages out of range of the comfortable voices of Stornaway and Belfast CG. On Sunday morning the skipper tried his hand at requesting a MailaSail weather grib – it’s a bit techie to set up the initial email format but once done and the resulting download content interpreted by our navigation software it is useful. We are now confident that we’ll be able to acquire ocean weather patterns and predictions when Temptress is many miles from land via our (sheepishly blushing) satellite phone.
|Welcoming Committee, Tarbert|
|Our neighbour in Tarbert arriving, watch that bowsprit!|
|Norman Keep, Carrickfergus|
|Anyone for chess?|
|Temptress in Carrickfergus Harbour|
Tarbert to Carrickfergus - 85nm, 939nm total