Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Round GB 2021, Day 45. Ardalanish.

They are reckoned by one source to be the most shelter anchorages in the area but the pilot warns they should be avoided in unsettled conditions. It is clearly very well sheltered from the wind so I suspect that the warning is because of the entrance, some "surge" coming in if there is a big sea outside or perhaps because the is very limited swinging room so if the anchor should drag you will be on the shore very quickly

The entrance is not easy to find or navigate by eye but the chart plotter and, further inside, the Antares charts on the iPad make it much easier.

Achilles 9m Sancerre, at Ardalanish
Approaching the anchorages, there are several in there, none
of them large.
There are anchorages in most of the inlets but the best are in
the north east corner, especially the right hand branch
Achilles 9m Sancerre, at Ardalanish
Passing the Islets of Sgeir an Fheidh that guard the entrance.
Achilles 9m Sancerre, at Ardalanish
Past the islets picking out the two channels is not
straightforward. the right hand channel is almost dead centre.
Achilles 9m Sancerre, at Ardalanish
The right hand channel opening up. Its 80 yards wide.
Achilles 9 metres Sancerre entering Ardalanish anchorage
In we go.
The anchorage is small, from Sancerre's position,
the red circle, its about 60 yards to the land to the
NW, E and south.
Achilles 9 metres Sancerre in Ardalanish anchorage
Like most anchorages in the area the water was clear enough
that in 5 metres of water I could drop the anchor clear of weed.
Achilles 9m Sancerre, at Ardalanish
I was just settling down to dinner and in came another boat that
anchored close by. It has a long keel so there was a possibility
that she would swing at a different rate to Sancerre was a bit of
a concern, but in the shelter of the cliffs there was little wind
and nothing untoward happened.
Achilles 9m Sancerre, at Ardalanish
The Russler 36 (actually a tad over 35ft) is a much desired boat
built to high standards and you would be pushed to find an old
one for less than £70k and at the end of the day you would
probably need to be spending at least £100k
Tobermory to Ardalanish, 38.2 miles over the ground in just under nine hours.

Slide show of all my pictures in and around Ardalanish, 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:

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