|Brothers Arthur and Ronnie enjoying the early-morning sun in Loch Aline|
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Monday, 7 September 2015
Monday, 24 August 2015
Sunday, 16 August 2015
Three generations of one family joined us for a week's cruise from Oban. The passage round Ardnamurchan was a little bouncy but well worth it for our visit to the picturesque Loch Moidart,
with the ruin of Somerled's 14th century Castle Tioram dominating its surroundings.
Friday, 7 August 2015
We participated once again in this famous Scottish regatta as one of the committee boats, mostly acting as start boat.
The weather for the week was mixed, from this dramatic sky to near gale conditions.
But the race team managed the event with the usual mixture of fun and professionalism.
Monday, 27 July 2015
From Oban we cruised to Tobermory for our first night. We then went on to Arinagour on Coll where we bought a bag of scallops from a local fishing boat. After an early start we had breakfast in the Sound of Iona and had time to clean the scallops before going ashore.
The view up the Sound of Iona, with the Cathedral on the left, showing how clear the waters are in this part of the Hebrides.
Our next overnight anchorage was at Cragaig Bay on Ulva. On the way we stopped at Staffa to admire at Fingal's Cave.
From there it was back to Tobermory for a walk at Aros Park, then on to Lochaline for our final night.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
We had a bit of time spare in June so took a run down from Oban to the Black Ises, Eilean Dubh Beag (little) and Mor (big).
The vegetation is short and the ground dry so very pleasant to explore. The Common Spotted Orchid lived up to its name, with a limestone outcrop behind that looks almost like marble.
From there we went down to Loch Staosnaig on Colonsay for the night and then on to adjoining Oronsay before crossing back to the remote Loch Tarbert on Jura. Then up to the Bay of Pigs, an anchorage at the entrance to the Corryvreckan,
which would be better named The Bay of Goats, for they outnumbered even the Red Deer which make up the bulk of Jura's population.
Sunday, 21 June 2015
Sunday, 14 June 2015
Thursday, 11 June 2015
Friday, 29 May 2015
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Thursday, 16 April 2015
We haven't been very diligent at posting on the blog, but here is a selection of photos from last summer.
Lifejackets all round!
Sharing a peaceful anchorage with Kentra, another 1930's yacht.
West Highland Yachting Week committee. Say no more!
The unmistakeable profile of Rum, from Eigg.
The Victorian splendour of Kinloch Castle on Rum.
Approaching the dramatic anchorage of Loch Scavaig on the south coast of Skye.
Sandaig, where Gavin Maxwell lived with the otters made famous in A Ring of Bright Water.
and a poignant memorial to a remarkable man.
Saying goodbye at the end of another cruise.
Going for a stroll on Coll
and just messing about on the beach.
Coming back up the Kilbrannan Sound from Campbeltown. It is a bit of a wind tunnel and can be quite choppy, but this not day in September. Literally flat calm with sun shining through hazy mist.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
A former crewman on Chico got in touch and kindly emailed some photos of Chico visiting the Baltic in 1971. She was leased at that time to Marconi Marine as a demonstration vessel for their marine products. Leaving from Tower pier in London at the end of May, she transited the Kiel Canal and visited 12 Baltic ports including Stockholm, Helsinki and Leningrad, returning to the UK at the end of July.
A formidable selection of Marconi radars on the coachroof. The Hammer and Sickle courtesy flag is flying, so probably Leningrad again.
The internet and Chico's website have enabled several former crew to get in touch, and we're looking forward to meeting up with a former owner next month for a day out from Oban.