A normal early start, this one at 03:40, the driver this time was the trip down the Sound of Mull and the chance of getting through the Sound of Islay on the first day, so I left just before the tide changed favourable outside of Tobermory. The trip down under engine was uneventful with little wind.
|Duart Castle, Isle of Mull at the southern end of the sound.
|Looking up the Firth of Lorn as I turned west.
|"The Great Race" is shown as the red
shaded area NE of Colonsay.
Yet again I met the ferry from the mainland and maintained my 100% record on this from four transits.
As I emerged from the southern end there was some bad news, the latest weather forecast predicted overnight winds possibly reaching F6 from the E or NE which could make both anchorages close by on the south side of Islay untenable or at least uncomfortable.
Port Ellen was the obvious alternate but I headed off for some small anchorages near the south tip of Ghia instead (the ones that I had planned to use heading north), they were a little closer and in the northerly wind forecast for next day would give me a reach to the Mull of Kintyre rather than a slower run and a better chance of getting to Bangor in time to meet up with fellow Jester sailor John battling north to deliver his newly sold boat “Pippin” to the Clyde, like me he had been having weather problems, fortunately I was not stuck in the marina at Holyhead, wind damaged some years ago and with minimal facilities.
|Raised beeches on Jura on the approach to the Sound of Islay.
|Islay at the entrance to the sound.
|This was my fourth time through the sound and each time I
have had to keep clear of the ferry on this occasion going in
the same direction.
|Craro Bay, Gigha from the first anchorage I tried, the second
is at the extreme right.
78 miles in sixteen and a half hours, excluding the change of anchorage.