Sunday, July 26, 2020

Stage 11, Port Ellen – Loch Tarbert.

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" off Islay
Ardbeg Distillery emerging from the mist an hour or so out 
from Port Ellen.

I left Port Ellen at 07:30 on Thursday the 23rd in very murky conditions, fortunately, a light wind sprang up shortly after leaving giving some clearance of the muck allowing the radar to go off and with time in hand for the tide up the Sound of Islay it allowed me to sail on to McAuthers Point by which time the wind was about 13 knots and I ended up arriving rather early making slow progress into the entrance until the tide turned. 

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" Sound of Islay
McAuthers Point.

With a strong tide, a head wind, and a channel between ¼ and ½ a mile wide I motored for an hour to clear the narrows and was through in just over an hour and a half covering 10 miles. With plenty of time in hand I sailed on to anchor in Glenbatrick Bay, Loch Tarbert on the north coast of Jura. 

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" Glenbatric Bay
Glenbatric bay as the sun starts to break through. One of the
numerous raised beaches just visible on the extreme left, most
are on the northern shore and unfortunately too far away to photograph,

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" Glenbatric BayT
The same view of Glenbatric bay next morning.

An hour after I arrived the sun finally started to break through for a pleasant evening.

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" Glenbatric Bay

The planned route (blue) and actual track (red)
The little green mark bottom right is an AIS
transmission marker from the ferry "Hebridean
Islands" displayed on the PC (which is linked to the
boats instruments etc.) when I took the
screenshot when at anchor later in the day.

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" Glenbatric Bay
Gannets diving in Loch Tarbert

Slide show all of my pictures from Port Ellen to Loch Tarbert. Page through by clicking the arrows or click in the centre of the pic to view from Flickr in a new window or full screen:

2020 Port Ellen - Loch Talbert

Loch Tarbert - Tobermory

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