The Details, Cruise 2 of the 2016 season:
-25th to 30th May
-150 nautical miles
-Crew: Laurie, Veronica, Kevin, Lisa, Frank
Under the imposing stature of Ben Nevis we welcomed our four guests aboard Bluebird and before casting our ropes we were treated to the sight, at close quarters of the world famous Dutch ocean racer, “Flyer” which crossed our bows then headed South West down the Linnie Loch where we followed along in hot pursuit along with two other yachts.
Fast downwind sailing in brilliant sunshine was the order of the day which ended at Oban marina. During the following morning a moderate breeze pushed Bluebird South, through the tidal gate at Cuan Sound to Crinan then down the Sound of Jura to Loch Na Keal where we dropped anchor for the night. A shore visit was arranged to visit the 13th century Kilmory Chapel with its early Christian carved stone slabs.
Clearing the higher coastline of the mainland next day, the sun appeared while enjoying perfect downwind sailing conditions to the island of Gigha which is Gaelic for Gods Isle. The island is owned by the resident population and they have provided modern berthing facilities for visiting yachts at Ardminish Bay as well as a friendly welcome when ashore.
Continuing with settled weather we had an easy passage rounding the notorious Mull of Kintyre with our now well seasoned crew taking the wheel and trimming sails. A favourable tide helped Bluebird arrive at her destination of Campbeltown by mid afternoon where there is an excellent marina. At the South end of the town there is a commemorative statue of Linda McCartney in a small managed garden behind the council office. This is well worth visiting.
Arran was the next port of call before heading to Troon, our final destination.
Thank you Lisa, Veronica, Kevin and Frank. It was great to have you aboard!