I arrived off Lochcarron half an hour after another single handed sailor, I assumed he was also seeking shelter but he was more sanguine about it, not expecting severe winds inside of Skye, and he left early next morning.
|Looking west from the anchorage.|
|Unusually the anchorage is protected by an extensive reef|
(a central moraine from the last glaciers?) parallel with the shore.
|The end of Loch Carron at high water, before the winds arrived.|
After a quick shopping expedition it was a quite evening with a nice sunset.
|The wind building after the arrival of a couple in their long|
keeled cruiser. Edit: see comments.
- The pull on the anchor will be closer to the horizontal reducing the chance of the anchor lifting then dragging.
- The weight will help maintain a catenary curve on the chain which reduces "snatch" on the chain which can pull an anchor out, stress the chain and be very uncomfortable on board.
|The rig working with over 20 knots of wind and therefore|
under quite heavy load.
At the time of writing (Friday afternoon) the wind is dropping but is still c 25 knots with rain, I should be able to move on tomorrow. The lunchtime forecast has introduced the possibility of a SE wind of F4 - 6 on Sunday so if I move it will need to be to another sheltered location and probably not down the Sound of Sleat.
A few miles down Loch Carron to the facilities at Plockton might be a good idea but I will delay a decision until I download the weather maps this evening or early tomorrow although the models are seriously under estimating the wind here, the domestic forecast and inshore forecast has proved more realistic.
Slide show of all my pictures at Upper Loch Carron, 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:
Well done John. Looks like it hasn't been easy for youReplyDelete
Hi John, you must have got through the blog very quickly after our emails or did you cheat and start at the end? :-)Delete
We are on Telo, the Vancouver 34P anchored upwind of you in Loch Carron. The GRIB based forecasts seriously underestimated wind strength, although the Met Office inshore forecast was pretty accurate. Clearing up now, so Fair Winds when you leave in the morning.ReplyDelete
Hi there, If the wind looks OK I think I'll make a short hop to Plockton tomorrow then go to the Sound of Sleat on Sundays evening tide. Where are you heading for? JohnDelete
Hi John, we shall probably be tacking north to Shieldaig Torridon tomorrow for replenishing water and fresh food supplies (not to forget showers if available), possibly heading over to the Western Isles after that. After that? Out until July so most likely we shall explore the anchorages we haven't visited as yet. Just depends on the wind direction.ReplyDelete
We are well impressed by your passages. You seemed to have made very good time since Holy Island. Hope it warms up a bit!
The shop I went to in Shieldaig (I don't know if there is another) had very little, the Spar shop here is far better.Delete
I was looking as the trip as far as Stornoway as passage making, I am slowing down now and plan to finish back in the Hamble in early July before the school holidays crowd everything out. If the timing works out I plan to incorporate one of this years Jester Challenges starting from Pwllheli mid June going c 250 miles to Milford Haven.
It darn well better warm up, last years trip up here was also dogged by poor weather although it was not this cold (in July & August).