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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Plockton - Isle Ornsay

The guest moorings at Plockton worked all right. We got to visit the village pub, and the mooring held through the gusty, rolly day. But today the forecast looked a little bit better, and so we wanted to try solving our next puzzle: the famous tidal gate at Kyle Rhea.

In this sound you can get tidal races up to 8kt, so there was absolutely no chance of making it through at the wrong time. And as it’s been blowing from southwest, there was a significant chance of overfalls at the other end.

To sort it out, we chose to go through on the last hour of the favourable tide. This meant we passed the narrows with a relatively gentle 3kt current, and with no overfalls as the tide was already slackening.


Sailing-wise today contained everything, from tacking to dead downwind, rain and sunshine, and from light breezes to 30kt gusts when a thunderstorm overtook us. So lots of reefing and shaking the reef. The interior of the boat looks quite tumbled, but otherwise it was fun, active sailing.


Now we’re anchored in the bay north of Isle Ornsay, just off the Isle of Skye. This should be a good place for tonight, and a good spot for choosing the window for passing Cape Ardnamurchan.

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
04.06. 15:04 Z 57°20'34"N 5°38'22"W 339° 0.9kt 4738.3NM wind 14.1kt 318° baro 1004 hPa Tightened all N2K connectors from Orca Core to bow terminator. Now Orca again sees the rest of the bus
04.06. 15:20 Z 57°20'34"N 5°38'22"W 221° 0.8kt 4738.3NM wind 14.8kt 306° baro 1004 hPa Removed 12V-to-1.2V DC-DC from heads as the new fan is 12V. Re-tightened festoon connectors of the light there to stop blinking
04.06. 16:09 Z 57°20'33"N 5°38'22"W 50° 0.4kt 4738.3NM wind 6.7kt 326° baro 1004 hPa Changed hydrogenerator uphaul line to new one, old one was almost chafed through
05.06. 7:12 Z 57°20'34"N 5°38'22"W 169° 0kt 4738.3NM wind 8.1kt 242° baro 1005 hPa Started main engine
05.06. 7:28 Z 57°20'34"N 5°38'22"W 328° 0kt 4738.3NM wind 11.2kt 240° baro 1005 hPa Suski added patches where main touches aft lowers on 1st reef
05.06. 7:36 Z 57°20'42"N 5°38'28"W 349° 2.9kt 4738.5NM wind 8.7kt 235° baro 1005 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main (1st reef), Staysail
05.06. 8:00 Z 57°21'51"N 5°40'50"W 311° 4.5kt 4740.3NM wind 13.8kt 251° baro 1005 hPa Hourly position log
05.06. 8:27 Z 57°20'33"N 5°42'23"W 203° 3.8kt 4742.2NM wind 11kt 256° baro 1005 hPa Sails set: Main, Staysail
05.06. 9:00 Z 57°19'15"N 5°44'13"W 182° 3.2kt 4744.3NM wind 10.2kt 239° baro 1005 hPa Hourly position log
05.06. 10:00 Z 57°16'17"N 5°41'21"W 97° 6.3kt 4749NM wind 23.9kt 306° baro 1006 hPa Hourly position log
05.06. 10:22 Z 57°15'31"N 5°38'41"W 139° 2.6kt 4750.8NM wind 7.8kt 212° baro 1006 hPa Motorsailing
05.06. 10:42 Z 57°13'16"N 5°39'29"W 174° 7.3kt 4753.2NM wind 16.7kt 242° baro 1006 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main, Staysail
05.06. 11:00 Z 57°11'54"N 5°40'24"W 222° 5.2kt 4754.7NM wind 16.7kt 269° baro 1006 hPa Hourly position log
05.06. 11:20 Z 57°11'0"N 5°41'56"W 177° 4.9kt 4756.3NM wind 10.2kt 255° baro 1006 hPa Sails set: Main (1st reef), Staysail
05.06. 11:25 Z 57°10'50"N 5°41'57"W 176° 2.5kt 4756.4NM wind 10kt 246° baro 1007 hPa Sails set: Main, Staysail
05.06. 11:44 Z 57°10'48"N 5°42'26"W 283° 2kt 4757.1NM wind 10kt 207° baro 1007 hPa Sails set: Main (1st reef), Staysail
05.06. 12:00 Z 57°10'24"N 5°43'42"W 192° 4.3kt 4758NM wind 10.5kt 263° baro 1007 hPa Hourly position log
05.06. 12:58 Z 57°9'22"N 5°47'19"W 216° 1.9kt 4761.3NM wind 6.9kt 251° baro 1007 hPa Sails down, motoring
05.06. 13:00 Z 57°9'19"N 5°47'24"W 204° 2.7kt 4761.3NM wind 6kt 232° baro 1007 hPa Hourly position log
05.06. 13:14 Z 57°8'57"N 5°47'52"W 267° 0.2kt 4761.9NM wind 8.6kt 283° baro 1008 hPa Anchored
05.06. 13:19 Z 57°8'56"N 5°47'51"W 273° 0kt 4761.9NM wind 6.2kt 292° baro 1008 hPa Stopped main engine