An early start (04:50) was rewarded with a great sunrise over Ardalanish.where I anchored last year) on the north side of Jura as an overnight anchorage before going to Port Ellen to get there before strong winds arrived.
The obvious thing to do was take a long port tack to position for a dash to any one of the above depending on what the wind did, very quickly the wind veered to the east and I was heading to clear the north end of Colonsay and making 3 - 4 knots but without the help of the hoped a lea bow tide.
A couple of miles north of Colonsay the wind veered a bit more and I tacked thinking I would clear Colonsay but the tide and further shifts in the dropping wind required a second tack.
It was touch and go whether I would make it without another but the tide finally turned and I cleared the steep too shore by 50 yards.
|Rubh a Mhail Light House at the entrance to the Sound of Islay.|