The Details, Cruise 3 of the 2016 season:
-9th to 12th of June
-103 nautical miles
-Crew: Laurie, Keith, Iver, Wendy, Iona and Henry.
The old Borrow Boats pontoon at Oban continues to provide a great facility and is now looked after by Oban Community Berthing. Embarking Keith, Iver and their associated kit bags aboard here could not have been easier.
After motoring across to Mull in light fickle winds the anchor was dropped right beside the impressive 13th century Duart Castle where Iver enjoyed a long lunchtime swim in clear and calm water. Sailing up the Sound of Mull to Tobermory then round Mulls Northern headland and into Croig made for some interesting pilotage in poor visibility.
These efforts were justified after meeting an old friend who gave us daisy fresh lobsters and oysters straight from the sea. Arinagour on Coll was the evenings destination and a delicious Seafood supper was followed by pints of home brew in the excellent Arinagour hotel.
The intangible draw of Mull took us back there when we sailed to Fionaphort which is opposite Iona then into Bull Hole where Bluebird was moored for the night.
On the final day we were joined onboard with Wendy, Iona and Henry and with fair winds and sunshine we sailed to Staffa and enjoyed some photo opportunities at Fingal’s cave at close quarters before a lunch stop and swim while swinging at anchor at Inch Kenneth Island. The name comes from St Kenneth who was a follower of St Columba and he founded a monastery on the island. During the return sail to Iona the children, Iona and Henry both took turns at steering Bluebird in a fine following breeze.
An enjoyable third cruise of the season was had by all culminating on the final day with fine weather, great company and a joyous family atmosphere. Thank you Keith and the Salvesen family.