Pottering back to Port Bannatyne

Summary: Tarbert to Port Bannatyne. 23.5 miles in 4 hours 25 minutes. Managed to sail most of the way with a short motor up the West Kyle. The weather decided to ease after a couple of days of blowing hard, so we left Tarbert about 07.25 and headed down round …

Toddling across to Tarbert

Summary: Loch Ranza across to East Loch Tarbert. 12.9 miles in 2 hours and 5 minutes. A short hop from Arran across to Tarbert on Loch Fyne. After a peaceful night (generally) in Loch Ranza, we headed off at 08.10 across to Tarbert. We started with a pleasant sailing breeze …

Looping across to Loch Ranza

Summary: Port Bannatyne to Loch Ranza (Arran). 23.2 miles in 4 hours. Through the Kyles of Bute and the Burnt Islands and across to Arran. We left around 8.40am heading through the East Kyle to the Burnt Islands and then down the West Kyle past Tighnabruich and Kames and across …

Bobbling across to Port Bannatyne

Summary: Lochgoilhead to Port Bannatyne. 28.1 miles in 4 hours and 45 minutes. Motored for the first few hours but then a nice breeze (though right on the nose) meant we could sail the last stretch. We left Lochgoilhead early morning and headed down Loch Goil, Loch Long and past …

Lolloping to Lochgoilhead

Summary: From Rhu to Lochgoilhead. 17.2 miles in 3 hours and 5 minutes. Light winds so mostly under motor, but a nice sail up Loch Goil. We arrived back on board on Monday and after fitting the new main (from Kemp Sails), we set off Tuesday at 09.35 to head …

Hanging around in Holy Loch

Passage: Rhu Marina to Kilmun and back. 17.7 miles in 3 hours 20 minutes. A short passage across to Holy Loch for lunch and a walk and back again. A nice weather forecast (for a change) prompted us to head over to Holy Loch for a lunch stop. Holy Loch …

Resting in Rhu

Passage from Largs to Rhu: 17.6 miles in 3 hours and five minutes. Motored most of the way, but with a short interlude of sailing. A fairly short passage from Largs to our mooring at Rhu. We left fairly early at 6.35am with a forecast of lighter winds early morning. …

Landing in Largs

Passage from Troon to Largs: 17.2 miles in 3 hours and 35 minutes. A short motor up the Scottish Coast. A weather window prompted us to head straight from Troon to Largs. Though strong winds were forecast for the afternoon, the morning saw almost no wind at all, so we …

Trolling across to Troon

Passage from Bangor to Troon: 64.3 miles in 10 hours and 35 minutes. A good fast passage. Wind very variable and light to start off with, but gradually rose to around a F5 just aft of the beam – lovely sailing with speeds often around 7-9 knots. With the forecast …

Back in the water – Bangor

First thing this morning BJ Marine lifted the boat back in the water. The previous couple of days were spent dodging showers to try and antifoul the boat. We managed, but not without a fair amount of grief and impolite language! We also cleaned off the worst of the muck …