WLT to Craobh

We had a very long lie! Linda eventually awoke around 09:30 and we had a breakfast of mueslis and yoghurt then sat around for a good while reading, doing some boat jobs and general R&R. At the back of 1pm we kitted up and headed out to weigh the anchor. It came up nice and easy but with plenty of mud still attached and thinly spread over the bow and me.

It was blowing over 25mph and white capping in the Inner Loch. It was also low tide but there was still some current running outbound. The passage is quite narrow at low tide and a bit narrow when there is significant side wind. We made it out easily and followed the track out of the loch with just half the foresail. We were making 8knots with a hanky flying!

Sunset in the Inner Loch WLT

As we were leaving the Loch we could see one solitary yacht heading north a fair bit out from the Loch and a fair bit north of us. We headed out, still on half a foresail only and never dropped below 6.5knots!

We fired up the west side of Jura with a pile of wind powering us north. The whole way I was worried that it was too strong and upsetting Linda. Actually, she was worried that I appeared stressed! With just half the foresail we were firing up faster than I planned and I was also worrying that we would be too early at the Corryvreckan.

As we approached I couldn’t see any standing wave so we sneaked in through the gap between the island and Bay of Pigs. The wind was 20+ and we were doing in excess of seven knots.

The yacht that we had seen as we left West Loch Tarbert we had overtaken as we powered north and we guessed they were now about thirty minutes behind us as we went into Corry. We were at least 45 mins early and I could see the outbound stream in the middle flowing out to sea.

We sneaked in from SW, passed Bay of Pigs and were about 10m off the northern headland when the current really hit us. With 25 knots of wind on a reach we were making 8.5 knots through the water but only 2 knots over ground! The chart plotter was suggesting we would hit the south of Scarba although we were facing East. Making only 2kn course made good we moved north across the stream and were 50m off the south of Scarba’s SE corner. We were making better progress and managed to catch the eastbound eddy which punched us out into the inner sound.

It was flat water, stiff breeze from the SE of 20 knots plus, and we were making 7 knots plus towards Craobh. We made tea, tidied up and got ready to enter the marina. It was actually a lovely sail, in brilliant sunshine; best weather of the day.

Of course as we were going into the Marina the gusts picked up (that was enough to make us decide to berth nose in) and there was a big catamaran fishing boat on the diesel berth. Every time I came out from the lea of it, the wind caught us and swing out stern round.  A few chaps from neighbouring boats came to catch lines and we made a good berth.

Unfortunately we couldn’t get a table for dinner, so decided to just head home.

35 miles in 4 hours; Saillog Entry.

Four days, five nights, 200 miles, 27 hours sailing and a really good time.

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