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Saturday, June 1, 2024

Tarbert - Acairseid Mhor

We started the day with excellent cappuccino from the Tarbert pier’s coffee truck. Then boat ready, and out of the harbour before the Calmac ferry would block the exit.

Our initial plan was to just sail the three miles to the nearby Ob Lickisto anchorage. But after checking it out with a sail-by, we deemed the conditions on The Minch to be too excellent to pass. And so we turned the bow towards the Isle of Skye.

The change in plans was quickly rewarded, as on passing the Eilean Glas lighthouse, a minke whale surfaced next to the boat. A real whale, right next to us!


Not to be outdone, the next visit was by a pod of dolphins. First only one came to check us out. Then half hour later, a group of five that played for a good while in our bow wave. Wow!

Sailing conditions were again lovely. Sunshine, broad reach with force 4. Some current, mostly from the side, and no waves to speak of. And the jagged peaks and green hills of Skye framing it all.


We picked a visitors’ mooring at the pretty bay of Acairseid Mhor on the island of Rona. This was reputedly a medieval pirates hangout, and we look forward to exploring the island tomorrow.


But now some sparkling for the beginning of June, and hence, summer! Kippis, Martina!

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
01.06. 8:53 Z 57°53'48"N 6°48'1"W 266° 0kt 4681.5NM wind 6.4kt 313° baro 1030 hPa Started main engine
01.06. 8:56 Z 57°53'48"N 6°47'57"W 119° 3.6kt 4681.5NM wind 8.9kt 257° baro 1030 hPa Motoring
01.06. 8:59 Z 57°53'45"N 6°47'54"W 116° 1.9kt 4681.6NM wind 5.7kt 267° baro 1030 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main
01.06. 9:00 Z 57°53'44"N 6°47'51"W 118° 2.1kt 4681.6NM wind 7.7kt 279° sea state 2/10 clouds 7/8 visibility 9/10 baro 1030 hPa Hourly position log
01.06. 9:51 Z 57°52'41"N 6°46'46"W 129° 4.8kt 4684.3NM wind 11.4kt 278° baro 1030 hPa Sails set: Main, Genoa 1. Decided to set for Skye today instead of tomorrow
01.06. 10:00 Z 57°52'8"N 6°45'43"W 139° 5.3kt 4685.1NM wind 12.7kt 272° baro 1030 hPa Hourly position log
01.06. 10:19 Z 57°51'8"N 6°43'36"W 127° 4.9kt 4686.6NM wind 15.1kt 258° baro 1030 hPa Autopilot activated
01.06. 11:00 Z 57°49'41"N 6°38'19"W 109° 4.8kt 4689.8NM wind 11.9kt 244° baro 1031 hPa Hourly position log
01.06. 11:39 Z 57°48'47"N 6°32'17"W 99° 5.1kt 4693.2NM wind 12.2kt 244° baro 1031 hPa Pod of dolphins came to play in our bow wave
01.06. 11:56 Z 57°48'21"N 6°29'43"W 106° 4.7kt 4694.6NM wind 10kt 258° baro 1031 hPa Started watermaker, 146ppm
01.06. 12:00 Z 57°48'15"N 6°29'9"W 108° 4.7kt 4694.9NM wind 11.4kt 261° baro 1031 hPa Hourly position log
01.06. 12:14 Z 57°47'55"N 6°27'1"W 118° 4.5kt 4696.1NM wind 12.8kt 237° baro 1031 hPa Received multiple DSC all ships urgency calls from 002320024 (Stornoway CG) for channel 16. No voice traffic following
01.06. 13:00 Z 57°46'27"N 6°21'50"W 123° 4.9kt 4699.3NM wind 6.7kt 206° baro 1031 hPa Hourly position log
01.06. 13:54 Z 57°43'21"N 6°16'13"W 149° 3.6kt 4703.7NM wind 11.4kt 249° baro 1031 hPa Stopped watermaker, 148ppm, jug full
01.06. 14:00 Z 57°43'3"N 6°15'41"W 133° 4.4kt 4704.1NM wind 11.6kt 238° baro 1031 hPa Hourly position log
01.06. 15:00 Z 57°38'23"N 6°9'3"W 139° 5.1kt 4710NM wind 12kt 260° baro 1031 hPa Hourly position log
01.06. 16:00 Z 57°34'17"N 6°3'32"W 138° 3.9kt 4715.1NM wind 10.4kt 274° baro 1031 hPa Hourly position log
01.06. 16:28 Z 57°32'52"N 6°1'40"W 140° 3.6kt 4716.8NM wind 10.8kt 304° baro 1031 hPa Autopilot deactivated
01.06. 16:50 Z 57°32'7"N 6°0'1"W 100° 3.6kt 4718NM wind 9kt 297° baro 1031 hPa Sails down, motoring
01.06. 17:00 Z 57°32'15"N 5°59'17"W 1.8kt 4718.5NM wind 4.7kt 323° baro 1031 hPa Hourly position log
01.06. 17:06 Z 57°32'17"N 5°59'20"W 313° 0kt 4718.6NM wind 4.4kt 271° baro 1031 hPa Stopped