Eigg to Tobermory 20 nm, Sailing around Britain 2014

Date posted: 13 July 2014

Due to our late night at the Ceilidh and helping Mo back on her boat with her torn tendon, we had to set alarms to wake us so that we would be off our mooring by seven. We managed to exit the old harbour without going aground, but even at high water springs we only had 1.2m underneath us.

One of the marks as we left the harbour at Eigg, on rocks at low tide

One of the marks as we left the harbour at Eigg, on rocks at low tide

We had a funny incident yesterday, which I forgot to mention, whilst our boat was in the bay and we were all of exploring Eigg, we left the ‘front door’ open. On our return to the boat, Marian noticed a hooded crow sitting on the spray hood, which flew off as we arrived. Once we boarded our boat it was immediately obvious what the little blighter had been up too. We found bird mess all over the bow of the boat, at the entrance to the boat, and in several locations inside the boat. The bird had also ripped open an egg box, and smashed two eggs, we keep a fruit bowl on the side, he had carried one of the apples to the table and eaten about half and there were large beak marks on several others. I think he particularly enjoyed the loaf of bread, shredding several slices, cheeky little birdie! In the years that I have been sailing that is the first time that has happened to us.

 

This fishing boat was trawling, so we took care to pass on his bow.

This fishing boat was trawling, so we took care to pass on his bow.

On route to Tobermory we were aware of several fishing boats trawling; you have to be exceptionally careful when they are trawling to avoid their nets. From a distance though it’s difficult to see the nets off the back, they are meant to hoist two triangles that point together when trawling, but they don’t all do this.

 

 

 

 

This boat came up at quite a speed from behind us, causing quite a wake.

This boat came up at quite a speed from behind us, causing quite a wake.

We were also passed by quite a large cargo ship that didn’t have A.I.S on.

 

 

 

 

 

We passed Ardmore Point near Tobermory

We passed Ardmore Point near Tobermory

It felt like just a short hop to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, four hours and we were there. We have been watching a low creeping towards us and knew that it would be wise to get to Tobermory by lunchtime to avoid the worst of the mist and rain.

 

 

 

 

Fog and rain off Tobermory

Fog and rain off Tobermory

As we glided towards Tobermory the clouds hung heavy, and we could see the rain moving across from the north and the mist coming in from the east, as it was we hit the mist first and were on the pontoon when the rain started lashing down, and boy did it rain!

So the afternoon was spent, catching up on washing at the marina facilities. Just to note that at Tobermory, the washing costs a minimum of £3 per load to wash and the same to dry, and the showers are £2, and the marina costs £24 per night, including electricity. There is marina wifi, but it is incredibly slow, our mifi Three didn’t work here, and the orange network could only produce 2G, but Marian and Simon had some signal on their Vodaphone.

 

Simon, Finn with Marian playing Ingenious

Simon, Finn with Marian playing Ingenious

 

 

 

 

Simon and Finn came in yesterday afternoon, soaked to the skin. Sean, Marian and I went onto Simon’s boat last night and played Ingenious and also Uno, which was a bit of a laugh.

 

Tobermory Marina

Tobermory Marina

 

 

Internet has been a problem for me here; I can say sourcing internet has been the most problematic of the whole trip round the UK. We are here for a few days, so I will blog again from the next destination.

Sean and I have been busy again this morning, cleaning the topside and hull of the boat, Chris Cullen the previous owner has arranged to catch up with us tomorrow in Tobermory, so we dont want him thinking we arent looking after Kantara! I have to say all the effort was worth it, she is gleaming!

The bay at Tobermory

The bay at Tobermory

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