The wind dropped shortly after leaving and I almost put up the spinnaker but the forecast was S - SE F3-5 and there were some big clouds upwind so I waited for about threequarters of an hour and suddenly it was blowing 15-17 knots. With the 45 sq. m asymmetric cruising chute that would have been a bit of a struggle to get down but single handed the 60 sq. m symmetrical I would have put up would have had a real challenge.
So I was feeling vindicated as I went up the loch making 7 knots over the ground under the headsail alone.
There are a number of small anchorages and a bigger one about five miles from Crinan so I went for the smallest, highly recommended on the Antares chart, unlike the main Carsaig anchorage close by described as "usually an unattractive option".
|The anchorage, the red marker is the boat. Note the scale.|
|The outer Island from the Sound.|
|The southern end of the anchorage with an narrow passage back|
into the Sound.
|The eastern shore, an island. the top of a yacht's mast visible|
|Looking north to another, less attractive Carsaig anchorage.|
20.1 miles over the ground in just under 5 hours with less than 20 minutes on the engine, and that included a 5 or 10 minutes battery charging the batteries whilst I backed up the anchor, just in case given the size of the anchorage.
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