|Approaching Hoy Sound from Stromness|
|A very quite Hoy Sound, things would|
be different in an hour or so later.
"The tidal streams in Hoy Sound are very strong (8 knots [with over-falls]) and entry should not be attempted in bad weather, nor with wind against tide, nor on the west going tide. Accurate timing is necessary to ensure favourable wind and tidal conditions"
The good news is that the west passage can be made at slack water so I slipped at 05:15 in time to catch the last half hour of the west going tide and I was able to motor the couple of miles through the danger area in very benign conditions.
Some wind started to fill in as I passed out of the sound and by 09:00 it was blowing at 17 knots, again from directly astern which, although far preferable than directly ahead, can be very uncomfortable with the boat rolling and on this occasion with the waves coming from the north and abeam made it difficult to steer.
|Hoy from Hoy Sound.|
|The NW corner of Hoy|
|The 500 ft high "Old Man of Hoy", the cliffs are about double that.|
Interestingly the simple wind vane steering did a much better job than the high tech autopilot as the latter kept trying to adjust to the sea state and the wind (it has motion sensors and attempts to learn a pattern as well as being reactive), whereas the wind vane steering just keeps the boat as far as possible at a constant angle to the apparent wind and the boat looked after herself with respect to the waves. The wind vane is also quite - the autopilot working hard is very annoying and uses a lot of electricity.
|Disturbed sea NW of Hoy|
|Ard Neackie Anchorage, North Side.|
|I was joined shortly after arrival by the 36ft "Flying Fox",|
we would meet again
|The "Ard Neackie" anchorages, in Gaelic "ard" means|
high or lofty so perhaps this translates to "high neck".
|A not very straight course from Hoy Sound to Eriboll due|
to the changing wind and choppy sea.
55.5 miles over the ground in twelve and three-quarter hours.
Slide show all of my pictures from Stromness to Loch Eriboll, 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: