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Saturday, May 18, 2024

St Ninian's Isle - Fair Isle

The alarm rang at 5:30 so we could catch the tidal current going south. We motored the first half of an hour before the wind filled in and we could start sailing. We had been waiting for suitable weather to sail south already a couple of days. Lovely island time and dinghy adventures on St. Ninian’s, but sailing in these waters is not a game for someone with a schedule.


We had a lovely beam reach for the whole way. Climbing up and down on the gentle slopes of the Atlantic swell. The visibility got better as the day progressed and we got sight of Fair Isle already 10 miles out! A good result here.


As we arrived to the harbour we were greeted with fleet of puffins flying. After rounding the massive wave break we went in second row tied to our friends Born to Live who arrived just few minutes earlier. Now it is time to prepare the outdoor boots and go see more puffins!


From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
16.05. 13:17 Z 59°58'19"N 1°20'8"W 98° 0.8kt 4403.1NM wind 25.2kt 133° baro 1014 hPa Pumped the bilge
18.05. 5:23 Z 59°58'18"N 1°20'6"W 124° 0kt 4403.1NM wind 1.9kt 269° baro 1017 hPa Started main engine
18.05. 5:30 Z 59°58'18"N 1°20'6"W 0.1kt 4403.1NM wind 2.6kt 276° baro 1017 hPa Anchor up, motoring
18.05. 5:54 Z 59°58'27"N 1°22'34"W 205° 5.9kt 4404.7NM wind 4.2kt 232° sea state 2/10 clouds 8/8 visibility 6/10 baro 1017 hPa Autopilot activated
18.05. 6:00 Z 59°57'56"N 1°23'15"W 212° 5.6kt 4405.4NM wind 4.6kt 244° baro 1017 hPa Hourly position log
18.05. 6:11 Z 59°57'11"N 1°24'13"W 207° 3kt 4406.3NM wind 6.2kt 266° baro 1017 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main, Genoa 1
18.05. 7:00 Z 59°53'54"N 1°26'33"W 186° 5.3kt 4409.8NM wind 12.5kt 292° baro 1017 hPa Hourly position log
18.05. 7:11 Z 59°52'53"N 1°26'53"W 190° 5.8kt 4410.8NM wind 13.2kt 323° baro 1017 hPa Deployed hydrogenerator
18.05. 7:14 Z 59°52'36"N 1°26'56"W 184° 6kt 4411.1NM wind 13.1kt 296° baro 1017 hPa Fishing with the Swedish gear
18.05. 7:34 Z 59°50'59"N 1°27'10"W 188° 3.8kt 4412.7NM wind 8.3kt 306° sea state 3/10 clouds 8/8 visibility 6/10 baro 1017 hPa Stowed hydrogenerator
18.05. 8:03 Z 59°49'6"N 1°28'3"W 182° 2.2kt 4414.7NM wind 5kt 352° baro 1018 hPa Sails down, motoring
18.05. 8:15 Z 59°48'7"N 1°28'41"W 195° 4.1kt 4415.7NM wind 9.4kt 316° baro 1018 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main, Genoa 1
18.05. 9:00 Z 59°45'1"N 1°31'14"W 198° 4.3kt 4419.1NM wind 7.2kt 275° baro 1018 hPa Hourly position log
18.05. 9:16 Z 59°43'47"N 1°31'50"W 190° 4.8kt 4420.3NM wind 9.5kt 312° baro 1018 hPa Looks like Fair Isle is starting to materialise from the mists
18.05. 10:00 Z 59°40'22"N 1°32'45"W 189° 5.5kt 4423.8NM wind 13.5kt 286° baro 1018 hPa Hourly position log
18.05. 11:00 Z 59°35'14"N 1°34'20"W 196° 5.3kt 4429NM wind 13.8kt 289° baro 1019 hPa Hourly position log
18.05. 11:26 Z 59°33'19"N 1°35'21"W 207° 3.9kt 4431NM wind 11.7kt 297° baro 1019 hPa Autopilot deactivated
18.05. 11:34 Z 59°32'54"N 1°35'49"W 198° 3.8kt 4431.5NM wind 12.8kt 297° baro 1019 hPa Sails down, motoring
18.05. 11:50 Z 59°32'17"N 1°36'12"W 325° 0kt 4432.2NM wind 2.8kt 5° baro 1019 hPa Stopped