Sunday, June 13, 2021

Round GB 2021, Day 58. Portavadie to Campbeltown.

I got away from Portavadie at 06:30 on Friday planning to do an overnighter to Ardglass. The forecast was Westerly or South-westerly F3 - F5, Westerly would be fine, south westerly a bit of a problem so I had in mind a diversion to Stranraer.

All started off well with a F1-3 Westerly allowing me to weather Skipness Point, the east corner of Kintyre. Then things started to get wild.

The wind quickly increased to F4-5 from the south west and the sea got challenging, waves were only a couple of feet high but very steep and close together. 

Not long after it was blowing F5-6 gusting F7, and almost F8 with a bit more west in it. I had got the headsail in PDQ and tried to run into it under engine but was only making 1 - 2 knots through the water. The obvious thing to do was to tuck into the Kintyre shore were the sea would be much calmer, although the wind might be more gusty. 

Unfortunately there are dangerous rocks off of Skipness Point, to go into the shore quickly would put them to leeward and if the engine failed I might not have time to get sail up to head back into deeper water. I therefore first went away from shore at about 30 degrees to the sea to minimise the banging and maximise speed. Then well upwind of the buoy I headed in.

The track is based on 10 minute positions that smooths out minor
I then followed the shore a few hundred yards out for about 8 miles when the wind moderated to F4-5 and I could start sailing again. By lunch time I was approaching Campbeltown and tired from constant adjustments of the sheets in the gusty conditions and generally keeping the boat safe so I decided not to risk another 20 some hours of it and went in to anchor for the night.
A9m Achilles Sancerre at Campbeltown
Wild Rhododendrons by the anchorage.
33.1 miles over the ground in 8 hours.

Slide show all of my pictures arriving at Campbeltown, 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:

2021 Campbeltown

Click here for day 60, to Browns Bay, Larne.

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