Simon organised the passage plan to sail from Rothesay to Brodick and told us all we didn’t need to leave until 2pm, which meant we had the added bonus of a morning to explore Bute.
Now if you have been following the blog, you will know that I have quite a lot to say about marina facilities. Only a few steps from the marina on Rothesay pier, lies the most impressive surviving Victorian public convenience I have ever seen. The interior is magnificent with walls entirely clad in decorative tiles; the floors are designed with ceramic mosaics. The cisterns are glass with copper pipe work; in the centre of the room are another six urinals around a seriously impressive central stand. You have to pay 30p to use the toilets and 1.50 for a shower. We walked in and chatted to the attendant, an ex-naval gentleman, we were very lucky to be given a guided tour and a full history, this will always remain one of my favourite public toilets!
Sean and I then caught an island site seeing bus and circumnavigated the island, there was a great commentary and the trip enabled us to gain a general overview of the island. We saw red deer and hares on our route through Straad, Scalpsie, Kingarth.
Yesterday on our sail from the Crinan, when we used the port side winch, we heard it occasionally make a grinding sound. Sean got out the maintenance manual and realised that he didn’t have or couldn’t find an imperial 3/16th, thankfully we were able to buy yet another set of allan keys. So before we set sail Sean stripped down one winch and greased it all thoroughly.
The wind was quite strong around the island in the morning, but by 2.20pm when we left the wind had died down to nothing. Simon started us off and we did sail for about an hour, then we motor sailed and then we just motored down the Firth of Clyde and across to Arran.
We put down our anchor in Brodick bay at 6pm, the weather was glorious, the deck chairs were out on the deck and Simon went for a swim. It was just one of those balmy evenings, not a ripple on the water and warm right up until the sun went down about half past nine.
I do hope you enjoyed reading about our trip from Rothesay to Brodick, and if you have any advice for fellow sailors perhaps you would like to share it in the comment section below.
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