Thursday, 23 May 2019

Moving up to Oban

Ailsa Craig but not many gannets

Josh and our two new crew Ewan and his twin brother Lawrence navigated us into Rothesay where we sampled the beer in the black bull and went to spend a penny in itsmagnificent Victorian Loos which you can experience for just 40p.

Kika enters Ardrashaig sea lock

The dreaded Correveckan

Josh tries out the Victorian plumbing in Rothesay

The new crew - very keen to learn

Soon deteriorated

On through the Kyles of Bute through magnicent wooded hillsides to the fishing port of Tarbert where a Viking named Barefoot got his men to haul their longship all the way accross the peninsula just to claim the territory on both sides of the mull of Kintyre. On Tuesday morning we locked into the Crinan Canal which is a surreal two days of inland waterways locking up to the summit lake and then down again to Crinan. With three beefy lads running between locks we made good time. Early in the year the midges have not got going and there were very few other boats

Josh gets the lady lock keepers life history

On Tueday afternoon we had a magnificent sail through the over falls of the Doris morn, dodging the rocks to wend our up to a mooring in Ballvicar Bay. Scottish Lochs are peaceful places and it is hard to beat a sundowner looking over the water to the peaceful hills beyond.We had passed Correveckan Sound earlier in the day. I resisted the lads blandishments to go through it and inspect the whirlpools and overfalls that have shipwrecked many vessels over its long history.Wednesday saw us squeaking through the very narrow Cuan Sound at low water to sail up Kerrera sound and into Oban for the worlds best fish and chips endorsed by Rick Stein no less,where we meet a single handed GP amine based on the Isle of Tiree and some Americans from Chicago one of whom was the administrator for a tribe of Idaho Indians. We woke to the sound of bagpipes on Obans North Bay pier as a piper welcomed a neighbours cruise ship passengers on board. Our only snag at present is the wind vane which initially worked well on a beat but Despite all our efforts has gone on strike. Ballachulish Bay tonight and then on through the tidal Coran Narrows to Fort William and the Caledonian Canal where John Cullimore and Ceri Roberts two old mates from medical school will be coming aboard

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