|St Kilda (left) about 45 miles west of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.|
In a small sailing boat, the lack of a protected anchorage and
a safe all weather passage back through or around the outer Isles,
at least a week of fair weather it required to safety visit.
It would be best for new readers to check out my new (Nov 2022) introduction to the blog (Opens in a new tab / window) that explains how I go about writing the blog, its limitations whilst I am writing it whilst cruising and what some terms mean.
I will probably have Iridium tracking on around the Scottish Islands and the Outer Hebrides but have not yet made a decision as to when I will activate it. I will turn if off when I am confident of getting timely weather reports and some email connectivity by other means for the rest of the trip, again see my "Tracking Sancerre page" for the Iridium tracking reports.
Sancerre was launched on the 9th of March and I took her down river to one of the RAFYC's berths for a night before putting her on the mooring.
|Quite a pleasant 2 mile trip up the river in the dinghy. This is |
the easiest way to get the car and the boat down to the RAFYC
single handed. Pic about half way between Port Hamble and
Mercury marinas looking upstream on the first of the flood tide.
|Looking downstream from about the same point. When I came back|
down, against the tide, there was also a force 5 wind on the nose
which would not have been pleasant in the dinghy..
|Nicolson 55 "Lord Portal" moored near the top of the river, I sailed|
on her in the 70s when she was one of 2 Nic 55's used by the RAF
for adventure training.
Most of the tinned food is loaded so after a few more hours of work and loading the rest of the food, clothes and bedding suitable for spring, and hopefully summer, I will be ready to go.