This was another leg requiring good weather and timing to avoid rough seas off of Cape Wrath, as last year I was quite lucky with reasonable weather and a sensible start time to make Cape Wrath at slack water (c 13:00) before the south going tide would help me down the west coast. Strangely enough Cape Wrath is not named for wrathful seas but is derived from old Norse for "turning point".
It was a day of three parts.
Motoring I could have reached the Cape with a later start but preferring to sail as much as possible I was off at 08:30, after the almost obligatory motoring part up the loch I caught a reasonable breeze and used it reach well out to sea to hopefully keep clear of rougher seas off the Cape and to make better speed.
|I had two routes planned, one offshore for heavy weather (shown)|
and one inshore for good weather, in the event I split the
difference, starting offshore due to the sea state then coming
inshore for the run down the west coast.
|Leaving Loch Eriboll|
|Biggish but not excessive seas coming into Cape Wrath.|
(Big seas rarely look as big in pictures!)
|Meall Mor, three miles from Loch Ned, the entrance to which|
is just to the right of the island.
|Less than half a mile out, the entrance is just to the right of the |
shroud and above the guard rail stanchion.
|Entering Loch Ned|
|Looking out from Loch Ned pictured in 2020.|
|Seals basking on an islet at the top of the Loch.|