The weather yesterday and last night was nowhere near as bad as has been forecast for days, although it would have been very hard sailing. Today the forecast was for S - SE 3-5 and there was no point in staying tied to a pontoon so after a last minute shop I left shortly after 10:00 for the Island of Gigha and to an anchorage "Bagh na Doirline" at the norther end, which the Antares charts said had good holding and shelter.
As usual on this trip the wind was cold, although not as cold as on the first 40 days. It was on the nose coming out of Port Ellen so I motored for an hour to clear the outlying dangers before heading of to the NE, initially under a reefed headsail but still making c 5 knots, after an hour or so the wind started to drop and I was under the full genoa and more comfortable as the waves dropped partially due to the lower wind and partly due to shelter from the Mull of Kintyre. 5 mile from the anchorage the wind dropped further and I was only making a little over 3 knots so up went the mainsail.
|The CalMac ferry on route to Port Ellen, we past 3 times whilst|
I was on this leg.
|About to turn into the anchorage which is behind the spit of|
land on the right.
|The anchorage, I'm not as far out as this wide angle short|
suggests. The water was clear enough to clearly see the bottom
a little over 5 metres down.
|Rafted up, anchored fishing boats.|