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Friday, July 5, 2024

Dunvegan Castle Bay - Eagle Pool

After this week’s gale had passed we ventured back to the Little Minch, a bit unsure how the light winds and potential swell would work for us. But we encountered ripple calm seas, so as soon as we were past the last cape of Skye we hoisted the main sail and genoa.

At first we had a joyful 10kn of wind roughly where we expected from. After that it became variable both in wind force and direction. As we let our windvane steer, our route became a meandering madness. We were going in all directions but the one we desired. So we just went into the general direction of Outer Hebrides.


As we were joyfully going everywhere and nowhere we were greeted by a massive pod of dolphins. Even though we were slow, some of them stopped to play with our bow wave for nearly an hour. What a joy it is to follow the acrobatics of the dolphins swimming!


When we were three miles from Uist we finally gave up with the sailing and turned on the engine. Getting a bit of electricity to our batteries wouldn’t go amiss. We took the direction of Haunaray Sound as it is a vast area with multiple different anchoring options. We entered through the narrow An t-Seolaid Mhor with a two knot current with us, so again entering a narrow spot with underwater obstructions with more speed that I would care to, but rising tide is a friend one must spend time with.

After the narrows we looked at different options and decided to check out the most complicated one, one we can only enter after mid tide. The twists and turns of the last narrow were done with utmost care and at no point we saw under two meters of water under the keel. Phew.

Now we are anchored in the middle of Eagle Pool and are surrounded by a gorgeous landscape. Definitely worth the stress of getting in. I’m happy to be the only boat in as there is no sufficient swing room for more boats.


From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
02.07. 8:16 Z 57°27'11"N 6°35'52"W 267° 0kt 5181.5NM wind 11.5kt 246° baro 1018 hPa Started main engine
02.07. 9:07 Z 57°27'11"N 6°35'52"W 207° 0kt 5181.5NM wind 11.8kt 256° baro 1018 hPa Stopped main engine
02.07. 10:10 Z 57°27'11"N 6°35'51"W 136° 0kt 5181.5NM wind 14.4kt 258° baro 1017 hPa Added another 10m of chain now that we're staying here longer. Now 1:10 scope at low water
02.07. 19:36 Z 57°27'12"N 6°35'52"W 114° 0kt 5181.5NM wind 10.1kt 189° baro 1011 hPa Pumped the bilge
03.07. 10:44 Z 57°27'11"N 6°35'52"W 58° 0kt 5181.5NM wind 9.7kt 270° baro 998 hPa Started main engine
03.07. 12:55 Z 57°27'11"N 6°35'52"W 357° 0kt 5181.5NM wind 15.1kt 271° baro 998 hPa Stopped main engine
04.07. 16:55 Z 57°27'11"N 6°35'51"W 352° 0kt 5181.5NM wind 18.7kt 269° baro 996 hPa Started main engine
04.07. 18:55 Z 57°27'11"N 6°35'51"W 309° 0kt 5181.5NM wind 15.8kt 261° baro 996 hPa Stopped main engine
05.07. 8:30 Z 57°27'10"N 6°35'52"W 143° 0kt 5181.5NM wind 6.4kt 309° baro 1000 hPa Filled 7l diesel
05.07. 9:00 Z 57°27'10"N 6°35'52"W 257° 0kt 5181.5NM wind 5.3kt 313° baro 1000 hPa Started main engine
05.07. 9:11 Z 57°27'4"N 6°35'57"W 148° 4.8kt 5181.5NM wind 7.2kt 310° sea state 1/10 clouds 8/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1001 hPa Anchor up, motoring
05.07. 9:45 Z 57°28'35"N 6°38'32"W 332° 1.6kt 5184.2NM wind 6.8kt 296° baro 1001 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main, Genoa 1
05.07. 9:59 Z 57°29'8"N 6°38'54"W 355° 1.6kt 5184.8NM wind 2.1kt 319° baro 1001 hPa Sails down, motoring
05.07. 10:00 Z 57°29'12"N 6°38'57"W 328° 4.7kt 5184.8NM wind 2.3kt 288° baro 1001 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 10:06 Z 57°29'35"N 6°39'27"W 315° 5kt 5185.3NM wind 1.7kt 329° baro 1001 hPa Autopilot activated
05.07. 10:30 Z 57°31'4"N 6°42'20"W 317° 3.8kt 5187.4NM wind 6.4kt 250° baro 1001 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main, Genoa 1
05.07. 10:32 Z 57°31'8"N 6°42'29"W 315° 4kt 5187.5NM wind 7.5kt 264° baro 1001 hPa Started watermaker, 166ppm
05.07. 11:00 Z 57°31'28"N 6°45'54"W 264° 3.3kt 5189.5NM wind 8.3kt 211° baro 1001 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 11:04 Z 57°31'26"N 6°46'20"W 264° 3.9kt 5189.8NM wind 8.2kt 206° baro 1001 hPa Autopilot set to wind mode
05.07. 11:32 Z 57°31'48"N 6°50'9"W 306° 5.3kt 5191.9NM wind 10.8kt 262° sea state 2/10 clouds 7/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1002 hPa Autopilot deactivated, windvane steering
05.07. 12:00 Z 57°32'53"N 6°52'47"W 280° 1.6kt 5193.7NM wind 4.6kt 237° baro 1002 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 12:17 Z 57°33'15"N 6°53'59"W 326° 2.2kt 5194.4NM wind 2.8kt 289° baro 1002 hPa Big pod of dolphins on our port beam
05.07. 13:00 Z 57°33'25"N 6°55'14"W 234° 2.3kt 5195.2NM wind 4.5kt 130° baro 1002 hPa Wind is about 180° of forecasted, but at least there is wind again
05.07. 13:28 Z 57°32'41"N 6°56'47"W 227° 2.8kt 5196.3NM wind 4.6kt 167° baro 1002 hPa Some 20-30 dolphins swimming around us
05.07. 14:00 Z 57°32'24"N 6°59'3"W 279° 2.1kt 5197.6NM wind 2.2kt 224° baro 1002 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 15:00 Z 57°32'47"N 7°1'29"W 267° 4.1kt 5199NM wind 7.3kt 338° baro 1002 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 15:41 Z 57°32'21"N 7°4'45"W 321° 1.7kt 5200.9NM wind 4.5kt 53° baro 1001 hPa Water maker off 147 ppm
05.07. 15:42 Z 57°32'22"N 7°4'47"W 325° 1.6kt 5200.9NM wind 3.9kt 76° baro 1001 hPa Hand steering
05.07. 15:44 Z 57°32'23"N 7°4'49"W 314° 0.9kt 5200.9NM wind 3.8kt 38° baro 1001 hPa Sails down, motoring
05.07. 16:00 Z 57°31'36"N 7°6'37"W 229° 4.9kt 5202.2NM wind 2.9kt 4° baro 1001 hPa Hourly position log
05.07. 16:53 Z 57°30'43"N 7°11'28"W 196° 0kt 5205.4NM wind 5.1kt 262° baro 1001 hPa Anchored
05.07. 17:00 Z 57°30'43"N 7°11'27"W 95° 0.3kt 5205.4NM wind 5.4kt 242° baro 1001 hPa Stopped main engine