Mike reversed us off the pontoon this morning at 9am; leaving at this time meant we had the tidal streams with us the whole way. As we were leaving the Loch Sean asked for the sails to be raised, and we turned the engine off and glided along for the next couple of hours at between 0 and 5 knots, closer to nought than five though.
Marian and I put out our fishing lines, in a friendly competition, I had three cod hooks and Marian had six feathers. As we headed around Rubha Coigeach the water depth dropped to 7 meters and suddenly we both caught fish. Sean reeled mine in and Mike and I pulled Marians line in. I caught one Pollock and Marian had five on hers, but we lost one reeling them in.
This was Marian’s first attempt at fishing, so she also wanted to be the one to dispatch them, so bless her, she chopped all the heads off and gutted them all, Marian then cooked them all for our dinner.
I can’t tell you much about the journey, other than to say, after about three hours the sails were put away, the sea was flat, not even a ripple, and we still haven’t seen a whale; the scenery was magnificent. Sean and I looked at the charts and made a provisional plan for the next week and then asked Simon and Marian if it suited them, which thankfully it did, Mike leaves the boat tomorrow in Ullapool and heads back to Cornwall. Sean was our skipper of the day and instructed us nicely, guiding us into Ullapool without any issues. Mike drove us onto a visitor’s buoy, whilst Sean and Simon picked up the strop; sadly the pick-up buoy was missing, so Sean and Simon; lashed us on with our own rope.
This afternoon we all got in the tender and using the engine we headed into Ullapool. It’s never a good idea to put five adults in a tender designed for four; I sat in the bow and had an extremely soggy bottom in the 100 yard dash, thankfully it was flat calm. We called into the harbour office and paid £12 for picking up a buoy, and were informed there were no facilities for sailors, but there was a shower in the public toilets!
We found the local Tesco and whilst Mike, Marian and Simon went off to use the public shower, Sean and I collected provisions for the next few days. Ullapool has charm and character, this village is now set to prosper with a new ferry terminal and landing station for the ferry to Stornoway.
We all arranged to meet at the Ferryboat Inn, and then had a few beers before heading back in two trips to the boat. We have eaten, and played cards; Marian has taken a turn around the deck and photographed the beautiful scenery. Simon has done the passage plan, Mike has packed and all is almost well on board Kantara, except I am sat on our bunk listening to the buoy banging gently against the side of the hull, which will sound even louder in the wee hours!
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