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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Loch a'Chadh-fi - Loch Shark

Playing the game of when to leave and when to arrive gave us the times of 12 and 18. We hoisted the anchor and main sail in quick succession and turned to a downwind exit from our anchorage. From there we retraced our way back out and got to experience some good old Havel-style winds. It seems here you check from the forecast the wind strength, not the direction.


Our route took us past the Handa Island, a bird sanctuary. We saw thousands of nesting guillemots and fulmars. As we were passing Handa we heard a dolphin or a whale and Suski saw a dark back with a thin long fin disappeared back into the sea! What an exciting moment!

We had wind practically from all quarters at some point, so sailing was also interesting. As we approached Loch Shark the frequency of lobster pots grew higher and both of us were checking out for marker buoys, some easier to spot than others.

The entrance to Loch Shark is narrow and shallow, so entering at rising tide was required. Then at least you have a short time to wait if you run aground. Suski was in the bow spotting the route and in one occasion it was necessary to call directions to Bergie steering to avoid hanging high and dry for a moment. We made it in at very slow pass without getting stuck, success!

As we were dropping the anchor, Bergie first spotted a sea eagle and then a bunch of seals sunbathing. What a place! Dinner with scenery and entertainment is set!


From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
27.05. 10:54 Z 58°24'40"N 5°3'19"W 50° 0.4kt 4598.1NM wind 13.4kt 255° baro 1007 hPa Pumped the bilge
28.05. 11:12 Z 58°24'40"N 5°3'22"W 137° 0kt 4598.1NM wind 8kt 57° baro 1005 hPa Added an additional back stopper for the boom vang.
28.05. 11:32 Z 58°24'39"N 5°3'23"W 301° 0kt 4598.1NM wind 4.7kt 73° baro 1005 hPa Started main engine
28.05. 11:35 Z 58°24'39"N 5°3'23"W 90° 0.4kt 4598.1NM wind 6.8kt 75° baro 1005 hPa Anchor up, motoring
28.05. 11:43 Z 58°24'40"N 5°3'20"W 43° 0.9kt 4598.1NM wind 6.9kt 98° baro 1005 hPa Suspiciously low output from alternator. VictronConnect says the last run ended with a "software reset"
28.05. 11:47 Z 58°24'45"N 5°3'16"W 322° 3.4kt 4598.2NM wind 8.9kt 124° baro 1005 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main, Genoa 1
28.05. 12:00 Z 58°24'29"N 5°3'57"W 224° 2.8kt 4598.8NM wind 9.4kt 122° baro 1005 hPa Hourly position log
28.05. 12:56 Z 58°24'38"N 5°9'7"W 225° 3.8kt 4602.2NM wind 12.6kt 341° sea state 2/10 clouds 7/8 visibility 9/10 baro 1004 hPa Seeing a distant mountaintop at 268°M, must be on Lewis
28.05. 13:00 Z 58°24'26"N 5°9'31"W 224° 4.4kt 4602.5NM wind 11.5kt 338° baro 1004 hPa Hourly position log
28.05. 14:00 Z 58°22'13"N 5°13'15"W 167° 3.6kt 4605.8NM wind 10.9kt 2° baro 1004 hPa Hourly position log
28.05. 15:00 Z 58°20'48"N 5°12'33"W 239° 1.8kt 4607.4NM wind 6.1kt 176° baro 1004 hPa Hourly position log
28.05. 16:00 Z 58°17'19"N 5°12'54"W 151° 4.1kt 4611.1NM wind 6.7kt 103° baro 1003 hPa Hourly position log
28.05. 16:48 Z 58°16'14"N 5°8'58"W 64° 2kt 4614.1NM wind 11.2kt 106° baro 1003 hPa Sails down, motoring
28.05. 17:00 Z 58°16'31"N 5°7'42"W 72° 4.1kt 4614.8NM wind 12.9kt 117° baro 1003 hPa Hourly position log
28.05. 17:18 Z 58°16'42"N 5°6'18"W 35° 0kt 4615.6NM wind 5.1kt 126° baro 1003 hPa Anchored