Saturday, May 18, 2024

2024 May 17th Day 49, to Loch Aline

Pic album to follow

The strong winds did not materialise, now they are due tomorrow night so with no wind I bit the bullet and headed for the Sound of Mull on a lovely day apart front he lack of a sailing breeze. I started early against the tide to get favourable tides where the run strongest, on a neap tide currents were modest but I followed my already plotted route to give the Gulf of Corryvreckan, famous for it's huge whirlpool and strong tides, a very wide berth.

Passing the Gulf of Corryvreckan

Approaching Fladda and about to exit the rout inside Jura and
Scarba into the Firth of Lorn
The route requires accurate navigation in strong currents
but is not difficult, pots buoys being the main hazard
for a well engined boat.
I was rather concerned when I saw lots of yachts heading for
The Sound of Mull, probably with only half showing on AIS,
if this was a rally going to Loch Aline or Tobermory space
was likely going to be an issue. It turned out it was a local
version of the three peaks race.
This crew were taking the race seriously having sliding seats
fitted to each hull and two guys rowing.
The tide was foul shortly after entering the sound but not strong and I was at anchor in Loch Aline at 16:30 on a very pleasant evening watching a few seals.
A couple of seals moving out of the way as I go into the anchorage.
From the anchorage
47 miles in eight and three-quarter hours.
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