Sunday, 3 May 2015

2015 season is off to a very good start, 4 weeks of sailing so far and some very different conditions. Just last week we made a small snowman aboard in Tobermory and yes it was cold but generally bright with blue skies and snowy mountains abundant. Got up to Rum, Skye, and Muck. The week prior was lovely and warm and a great intro for Richard and Mark. The weather has been on the whole good though the second week we had one miserable day of wet but with good sailing. Numerous updates to the boat for this season and bookings are looking great up until August. Robert 3/5/15

Friday, 2 May 2014

We visited the Treshnish Isles off Mull and there were a lot of Puffins to see which is great as in other areas they are not doing so well. The weather on that day was calm and so it was a good thing to do, and the following day was a great wind to sail on to pass Staffa and Iona on the ebb tide.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

2014 not so far off

I am just preparing a new programme for next year and bookings are certainly coming in. I have just updated the flickr photostream with a few good photos. The website will be updated shortly and there will be one Hebrides trip and a St Kilda cruise at least. Robert

Saturday, 15 June 2013

St Kilda cruise 2013

Sgeirislum Sound of Barra
Promising weather with light winds gets us off to a good start. The first night was in the Sound of Mull in Scalastle bay off the golf club where I have previously seen white tailed eagles but not on this occasion. A bit of spinnaker sailing up the sound on Monday but the wind then fell light and we motored rather a lot in very quiet conditions if a bit dull. We got to the Sound of Barra to a very calm anchorage amongst islands and only bird song and the odd seal for company.

In clear conditions we motored with easy pilotage through to the west and motor sailed up to the Monach islands W of N. Uist. Wednesday we headed out to St Kilda with a good forecast but risk of fog which we duly found in patches but the gannets led us the way to Boreray with mist shrouding the high grandure. We spent a bit of time around the stacks watching the many birds then off to anchor in village bay.
We spent a lovely sunny quiet day doing our own thing on the main island of Hirta with shorts and T shirts in the afternoon. We departed the next day and headed back up to the stacks before crossing towards N. Harris with a brisk sail to finish up on Scarp island. We had lovely weather and explored the other islands on the west of Harris and then into anchor on the east side of the Sound of Harris.

 A smooth sail over the little Minch to Skye and the Ascrib islands deserted but for the local wildlife. Down to L. Poolteil which was a new anchorage for me and a superb sunset. L. Harport next day and then on to L. Scavaig under the high cuillin mountains. A long easy passage down to Coll the Treshnish, Staffa, Iona to the Ross of Mull. Homebound via the Garvellachs L. Spelve and return to Oban.
Kearstay anchorage on the north side of Scarp
The Next longer cruise is to the north and North West of Ireland and at present there are two places remaining on this 10 day trip 21/7/13 is the start date.

Good Sailing Robert

Friday, 3 May 2013

Off to a good start

I have sailed 4 weeks now and though they were cold weather wise they gave some good training conditions. The season is filling up and there are some gaps late may and onwards. Places still available for St Kilda and Ireland cruises as well.
We got a sighting or two of the sperm whale in Oban bay a few weeks back but he is now away, good to see and massive. Spring warmth is just around the corner or we may just jump into summer - grass cutting on my day off!!

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Some Cracking Weather

From early May with cold but clear weather where the sun was plentiful but you had to wrap up warm to now with soaring temperatures and sailing in a T shirt (sometimes).
Another fine week when we sailed round Mull clockwise. Winds a bit light on the first day but this meant we could keep close inshore and spotted an eagle soaring high on the thermals at the clifftops 300m up. Three deer down at the cliff foot with no easy way to escape the cameras. Lovely wind the next day Iona, Staffa, Gommetra and the Trashnish to end up at Sanna Bay, Ardnamurchan. Round to Tobermory and then lots of manouvres and some shore leave then a night passage to L. Aline. Lighter conditions to finish off with around the Oban area. The photo is sunrise on 24/5/12 at 5.15 over the Glencoe hills from L. Linnhe. Duart castle Mull seat of the Macleans.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

St Kilda May 2012

With a good spell of weather we made a quick passage to Eriskay and then the following day out on a sparkling sunny day to St Kilda via Boreray and the stacks. A whole day ashore, and again with lovely weather if a bit cool to explore the island. After a comfortable visit we sailed up to Boreray for another look and then with favourable wind right up to pass through the Flannan isles and east to L. Carloway. Ashore here to visit the broch and the blackhouse museum and some had a weaving demonstration to see how Harris tweed is made. We moved down to the standing stones at Callanish and visited them in the morning which was great with nobody else there. Lovely wind and sun again for a sail south to have a visit to Scarp and its stunning beach and spotted a sea eagle. By now we had seen dolphins a number of times, bottle nosed and white sided ones in groups of up to about 15 or so. Had a tranquil evening in L. Tamanavay then off via Scarp to Taransay with a bit of motoring and a great visit seeing deer, whale bones, plenty birds and two stunning beaches. Berneray next and into the little harbour, shop, showers etc. Decided to head over to Skye and via Neist point and Macleods maidens to anchor off Talisker distillery in L. Harport. Next to Canna with more dolphins and plenty time for a good explore that everone though a real treasure of a place. A good sunny sail down to Staffa and past Iona to Erraid sound. The final whole day turned out to be a bit damp which just made us feel so smug at having had such great weather so far. The final day back from Puilladobhrain to Oban with a stiff beat to arrive in sun to finish off.