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Scotland 2015 - Rock Hopping is best left to the Penguins - aboard "Pepe" (Jeanneau 36)

Updated: 09-09-2015

Report from Barry Clarkson (Photos Pam Latham):

Proceeding south down the Firth of Lorn having left Loch Aline at 09.50 heading for a passage through Cuan Sound into Loch Melfort. The wind was Northerly F4 we were under reefed genoa only, skirting the rubbish north of Inch Island I was watching, thinking we were clear, Roger who was helming saw a rock dead ahead just breaking the water. We turned hard to port into the wind, I assume we stopped I was busy starting the engine and getting the sail furled. There was no jolt felt just a nasty graunching sound and going full astern we got off back into safe water and motored clear while I checked the keel bolts. Everything looked pristine under the cabin sole. I got her back sailing and headed back to Ardfern where she is based. The boat appeared fine everybody was safe and uninjured and we arrived in Ardfern at17.50. 35nm sailed, the incident was logged at 12.20.

Busy cockpit
Busy cockpit in Scottish sunshine

The nasty bit out of the way the rest of the week including the day after was excellent. We arrived at the marina on Friday 28th having taken overnight accommodation nearby and done the shopping in Loch Gilphead Co-Op. There were 4 of us Roger, Pam, Joan,(who has not sailed before) and me. Too windy to set off departure postponed until 10.35 Saturday morning we left in a southerly f5 and once out of Loch Craignish set the genoa for a lumpy sail to Kerrera (Oban). Arriving at 15.25, 26nm sailed.

Sunday 30th leaving Kerrera at 11.30 a passage was made to Tobermory, wind still southerly f4/5, showers about but mostly sunny in fact there were showers all week we often saw them but they missed us. docked in Tobermory marina at 16.40, 26nm sailed.

Skipper Barry enjoying a beer
Skipper Barry enjoying a beer

Monday after a very quite night if a little chilly the wind had gone round to the north f4/5 occasionally 6 and so it remained for the rest of the week. We left for the island of Coll arriving at14.10 in Arinagour bay and a night on a mooring. I had hoped to go ashore but it was a stiff breeze and the wind was blowing straight out of the loch and I thought it was too choppy for the dinghy. 20nm sailed.

Tuesday 1st September A beautiful sunny day in prospect the wind still northerly f4/5 the mooring was dropped at 09.15, returning the way we had come this time Tobermory was bypassed as we headed down the Sound of Mull for Loch Aline Marina arriving at 15.15 30nm sailed.

Wednesday 2nd, Read the opening paragraph! The only thing to add, always use the largest scale chart available, there was one on board and If the hood is not necessary sail with it down, we had elected to do so in the morning fortunately. Above all take care.

Thursday another beautiful day the crew took to hiking. We walked the two miles over the hill to Croabh Haven for coffee and back for lunch and to pack for the journey home the next day.

Barry and Joan in Tarbert Marina
Barry and Joan in Tarbert Marina
Joan and Pam on the helm
Joan and Pam on the helm
Joan, Pam and Roger in Croabh Haven
Joan, Pam and Roger in Croabh Haven