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Monday, June 3, 2024

Acairseid Mhor - Plockton

You know something is up when the locals start moving their boats to more secured locations. After two nights in the picture perfect bay, it was time to head out. We released the slime line from the mooring ball and motored out. Wind dead on the nose we weaved through the rocks and shallows onto ever increasing swell. Instead of just carefully navigating with slow speeds we powered through with decisive speed. At the last narrow we were on our standard cruising revs on the engine but doing only half of the standard speed. As soon as the shallows were behind us we hoisted the main in 1st reef and our staysail. And then we were off with 30kn of wind on the beam!


We dodged lobster pots whilst screaming along at hull speed. The hydrogenerator was happily churning angry pixies to our batteries as the few overcast days had made a dent in to the charge level.

As we approached Plockton, we were surprised by a Royal Air Force Harrier coming at us at very low altitude. Its not everyday when you get close encounters with those! And maybe better so for the dear eardrums. As we rounded the light house we were greeted with a sight of a bay full of moored and anchored sailboats. We had been wondering where everybody is but now we had our answer.


We’ll stay here waiting out the forecasted thunderstorm and venture out when the wind is back to more reasonable levels.

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
03.06. 11:07 Z 57°32'18"N 5°59'20"W 132° 0kt 4718.6NM wind 5.2kt 209° baro 1018 hPa Started main engine
03.06. 11:17 Z 57°32'11"N 5°59'19"W 210° 4.3kt 4718.6NM wind 14.5kt 239° baro 1018 hPa Motoring
03.06. 11:33 Z 57°31'23"N 6°0'8"W 157° 4.6kt 4719.7NM wind 21.1kt 233° baro 1018 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main (1st reef), Staysail
03.06. 12:00 Z 57°28'55"N 5°57'24"W 156° 6.6kt 4722.6NM wind 23.1kt 234° baro 1018 hPa Hourly position log
03.06. 13:00 Z 57°23'35"N 5°52'43"W 155° 4.7kt 4728.5NM wind 13.3kt 235° baro 1018 hPa Hourly position log
03.06. 13:08 Z 57°23'1"N 5°52'6"W 142° 5.8kt 4729.2NM wind 16.9kt 240° baro 1018 hPa Hydro off. Watermarker 184 bpm.
03.06. 14:00 Z 57°20'32"N 5°45'12"W 73° 5.1kt 4734.2NM wind 21.1kt 291° baro 1018 hPa Hourly position log
03.06. 14:07 Z 57°20'39"N 5°44'6"W 82° 5.2kt 4734.8NM wind 21.2kt 274° baro 1018 hPa Stopped watermaker, 145ppm
03.06. 14:42 Z 57°20'54"N 5°38'25"W 138° 5.7kt 4737.9NM wind 20kt 228° baro 1017 hPa Sails down, motoring
03.06. 15:00 Z 57°20'34"N 5°38'22"W 220° 0.2kt 4738.3NM wind 15kt 223° baro 1017 hPa Stopped, Plockton visitor mooring