I seem destined always to motor when going north through the north channel, this was the third time out of three.
Even motoring the tide was not favourable; to get past the Mull of Kintyre before it turned foul would mean leaving at midnight which I did not fancy, so I didn't set the alarm and would hopefully get a good nights sleep then work out what to do. I left at 06:15 with some favourable tide left, the engine went off at 07:00 with the cruising chute and no mainsail on a dead run in a light wind but that did not last long - about 10 minutes so the engine went back on and I headed for Red Bay and an anchorage off Glenariff (aka Waterfoot) to wait for the tide to turn.
|Entering Red Bay, 40 minutes after local low water the adverse tide|
still hit 3 knots.
|At Anchor for a few hours and an early lunch waiting for the|
tide to change.
|My track from Bangor to Red Bay the across the N|
channel to the Mull of Kintyre.
|Past the Mull of Kintyre with 2 knots of favourable tide.|
|Port Ellen from Kilnaughton Bay.|
|White Cloud, seen for a third time this trip, in Kilnaughton Bay|
57 miles in twelve and a quarter hours including the lunch stop.