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Saturday, July 6, 2024

Eagle Pool - Castlebay

Morning dawned with a light northerly wind, and so we left the Haunaray Sound at high tide. Again no problems completing all the slalom turns of the narrow channel between the rocks. A few seals and red deer stopped to watch us pass.

Once at sea, we hoisted the Parasailor for what was planned to be a chill, smooth ride south the Outer Hebrides chain. Encouraged by the easy going, we decided that this would be our first time flying the drone while underway. Some nice footage was achieved, though the catcher received some bruises and gold paint from the propellers. Turns out the drone flies faster in reverse!


After we passed the southern tip of South Uist, the wind started dying. A big pod of dolphins swam around us, but they were too busy fishing to come and play. We kept going even though it was difficult to keep the Parasailor filled.

At Eriskay the wind filled in with a vengeance, going from 3kt to 20kt in just a couple of minutes. The resting off-watch was roused and we packed the Parasailor and hoisted the main.

Soon it was time to turn into the channel leading to Castlebay on the island of Barra. We were lucky with the ferry schedules, as the ship went in just before us. Would’ve been less fun in the narrow channel.


Now we’re tied in the local marina with a view to the Kisimul castle. We’ll stay here for a couple of days to reprovision and enjoy the island.

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
06.07. 6:48 Z 57°30'43"N 7°11'27"W 163° 0kt 5205.4NM wind 4.6kt 11° baro 1001 hPa Started main engine
06.07. 6:55 Z 57°30'42"N 7°11'23"W 110° 2kt 5205.4NM wind 2.1kt 46° baro 1001 hPa Anchor up, motoring
06.07. 7:00 Z 57°30'34"N 7°11'9"W 130° 3.2kt 5205.6NM wind 4kt 57° baro 1001 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 7:42 Z 57°29'15"N 7°9'1"W 177° 3.3kt 5207.9NM wind 8kt 31° baro 1001 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Parasailor
06.07. 7:43 Z 57°29'12"N 7°9'1"W 188° 3.6kt 5208NM wind 9kt 32° baro 1001 hPa Autopilot activated
06.07. 8:00 Z 57°28'25"N 7°9'13"W 186° 2.4kt 5208.8NM wind 6.4kt 20° baro 1001 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 9:00 Z 57°25'14"N 7°9'44"W 185° 3.7kt 5212NM wind 8.7kt 23° baro 1001 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 10:00 Z 57°21'32"N 7°9'53"W 179° 4kt 5215.7NM wind 9.5kt 16° baro 1001 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 11:00 Z 57°17'20"N 7°10'16"W 189° 4.8kt 5219.9NM wind 10kt 14° sea state 2/10 clouds 5/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1002 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 12:00 Z 57°12'52"N 7°11'35"W 192° 4.8kt 5224.4NM wind 9.8kt 12° baro 1002 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 13:00 Z 57°8'38"N 7°11'57"W 172° 3.9kt 5228.7NM wind 8.5kt 30° baro 1002 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 14:00 Z 57°5'10"N 7°12'54"W 193° 3.1kt 5232.2NM wind 6.1kt 342° baro 1003 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 15:00 Z 57°2'54"N 7°14'50"W 211° 2.2kt 5234.8NM wind 4.9kt 1° baro 1003 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 15:16 Z 57°2'26"N 7°15'19"W 229° 1.6kt 5235.3NM wind 4.5kt 46° sea state 2/10 clouds 7/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1003 hPa Very little wind. But at least occasional dolphins
06.07. 15:36 Z 57°1'59"N 7°15'59"W 208° 5.8kt 5235.9NM wind 17.1kt 291° baro 1003 hPa Autopilot deactivated
06.07. 15:50 Z 57°1'24"N 7°16'23"W 211° 5.2kt 5236.6NM wind 17.1kt 305° baro 1002 hPa Autopilot activated
06.07. 15:53 Z 57°1'18"N 7°16'34"W 212° 3.5kt 5236.7NM wind 16.8kt 307° baro 1002 hPa Sails set: Main. That was a pretty drastic wind shift. From 3kt 170° to 20kt 90°
06.07. 16:00 Z 57°0'54"N 7°17'12"W 218° 4.9kt 5237.2NM wind 19.6kt 321° baro 1002 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 17:00 Z 56°57'32"N 7°22'23"W 235° 4kt 5241.7NM wind 14.7kt 326° baro 1003 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 17:18 Z 56°56'48"N 7°24'8"W 230° 5.3kt 5242.9NM wind 15.4kt 317° baro 1003 hPa Sails set: Main, Genoa 1 (50% furled)
06.07. 17:25 Z 56°56'30"N 7°25'11"W 244° 5.5kt 5243.5NM wind 11.9kt 313° baro 1003 hPa Autopilot deactivated
06.07. 17:41 Z 56°56'15"N 7°27'39"W 273° 4.7kt 5244.9NM wind 13.1kt 316° baro 1003 hPa Sails down, motoring
06.07. 18:00 Z 56°56'43"N 7°29'29"W 349° 3.9kt 5246.1NM wind 15.7kt 331° baro 1003 hPa Hourly position log
06.07. 18:13 Z 56°57'14"N 7°29'33"W 275° 0kt 5246.7NM wind 8.5kt 319° baro 1003 hPa Stopped