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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Fersness Bay - Elwick Bay

After consulting the Reeds Nautical Almanac, the departure time was set to 8am. We needed to arrive around 10:10 to get the slack tide when catching the mooring buoy from Orkney Sailing Club.

We woke up to a grey, foggy morning and prepared the boat for the short hop. As the anchorage had plenty of space, we decided to sail off from anchor. We hoisted the main sail and got the anchor off without issues. Then it was off to the races. At best we had 9.4 kn of speed over ground! It is magic what a 3.5 kn current does to your boat speed.


As we approached our destination we had a bit of traffic as Kirkwall is just across the sound. We arrived at the buoys right in schedule and caught the slime line without issues. First time staying in this kind of a mooring buoy. Now it is time for a big brunch!

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
21.05. 6:51 Z 59°11'33"N 2°46'57"W 16° 0kt 4479.4NM wind 8.2kt 143° baro 1016 hPa Sailing with Main, Genoa 1
21.05. 7:00 Z 59°11'35"N 2°47'31"W 292° 2.6kt 4479.6NM wind 10kt 147° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
21.05. 7:26 Z 59°10'44"N 2°50'44"W 184° 8.6kt 4481.9NM wind 13.1kt 158° baro 1016 hPa Orca doesn't get N2k network at all. Doesn't see any other devices.
21.05. 7:40 Z 59°8'44"N 2°51'18"W 199° 8.6kt 4484NM wind 13.8kt 164° sea state 2/10 clouds 8/8 visibility 6/10 baro 1016 hPa Position lights on
21.05. 8:00 Z 59°6'36"N 2°53'18"W 200° 6.6kt 4486.4NM wind 10.5kt 158° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
21.05. 9:00 Z 59°1'51"N 2°56'29"W 188° 6.1kt 4491.5NM wind 10.2kt 149° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
21.05. 9:13 Z 59°1'34"N 2°54'44"W 47° 3.3kt 4492.8NM wind 10.1kt 128° baro 1015 hPa Sails down, motoring
21.05. 9:29 Z 59°1'55"N 2°54'19"W 99° 0kt 4493.3NM wind 7kt 151° baro 1016 hPa Stopped, OSC mooring buoy
21.05. 9:36 Z 59°1'55"N 2°54'19"W 354° 0kt 4493.3NM wind 10.5kt 154° baro 1015 hPa Reattached the drop cable to Orca Core and now it sees the rest of the bus again