We left Kerrera Marina after a heavy brunch and a quick catch up with Peter. Coming off the pontoon we went north and enjoyed a close pass by Blue Clipper before skirting the north of the island and heading out into the Lynn of Lorne.
As we passed the entrance marker we hoisted the main with a double reef in it and then the foresail with a balanced double reef. We were approaching close hauled across to the Lady’s Rock lighthouse and into the Sound of Mull. As we entered the Sound the wind finally read the weather forecast and veered west close on to the nose. We tightened everything and were ultra close-hauled; 30 degrees off the apparent.
The other boats coming across with us were giving up and going onto motor. We kept going a while then we called it and decided to shoot south and go for the Sound of Jura instead.
As soon as we tacked, it was a lot more comfortable and we passed out past Castle Duart and back into the Sound of Lorne. It was so easy going I was able to grab the GoPros and start trying locations for mounts. The footage I captured wasn’t awesome but it is a start. I can practice more for the rest of the trip.
We sailed past Thelassa and passed west of Insch Island then down the Sound of Luing. There we met the Waverley and slid through easy, the swell reduced and we passed Scarba and the Corry then down the Sound of Jura. Once we were past Barnhill the tide and the wind were setting up a ‘wind over tide’ lumpyness so we headed into Ardlussa Bay and anchored up there for the night . We anchored in the centre of the Bay in 5m (1m swing) and put out 20m chain. As ever here, good holding.
Dinner was chicken pie, potatoes, and asparagus with a little Gavi to help it over. All very pleasant.
39 miles, 5.6 hours.