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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Castlebay - Tinker's Hole

Sometimes getting out of harbour is a community event. Higher than expected winds right on the beam, with nothing but the finger on our lee and a neighboring boat hanging way beyond the stump of a finger meant that leaving would be difficult. As there was just 2 meters of pier left in front of us, we contemplated and tested leaving bow first. No chance, the wind pushed us in so hard. Then we drove to the bow spring and reversed out. All fine and dandy but the wave break was 2 boat lengths away and Lille Ø didn’t want to turn in that space this time. So after a bit of harbour tango later, it was time to abort the try, so we side tied on to the wave break. Phew.

It was time for a new plan. By this point we had already 2 persons helping us. We decided thst the best idea is to reverse along the pier (which of course contained a 130° angle) until we are in lee of another boat and then with ropes turn our bow pointing towards the exit. With the helping hands this was achieved, so a couple of deep breaths later we thanked the helping hands and waved goodbye to the harbour, who were all watching by this point. The crew of the lovely French boat even gave us applause. So Suski raised her hand in victory and exited on stage left. Hopefully Lille Ø doesn’t to star in ‘hafenkino’ again any time soon. At least we didn’t hit anything, and don’t have a scratch on the boat.

After motoring out to The Minch, we raised the main and staysail, based on the wind we’d had in the harbour. About 3 seconds later the wind dropped to 10 knots which meant that it was time to change from staysail to genoa. With that and wind on the beam we were eating miles. In the middle of The Minch we got the biggest surprise of the day. A big whale was splashing it’s enormous tail multiple times. We were glad to see it in a bit of a distance as we were definitely way smaller than it was.


After passing the Gunna Sound the sea state calmed a lot and we were gliding nearly silently further. As we came closer to Mull, wind decided to pick up again, so it was again time to switch back to staysail and back to genoa about 30 minutes later.


In the SW corner of Mull there is a plethora of anchorages, so after a bit of shopping around we came to Tinker’s Hole. The main channel was full of boats, but we chose rather the other side of Eilean Dubh to have no view of other boats and a chance to see the sunset, if it stops raining before that.



From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
07.07. 11:06 Z 56°57'15"N 7°29'33"W 309° 0kt 5246.7NM wind 8.9kt 261° baro 1007 hPa Filled water tank, Barra municipal water
08.07. 11:10 Z 56°57'15"N 7°29'33"W 170° 0kt 5246.7NM wind 1.4kt 171° baro 1015 hPa Filled up 35l red diesel + 2 caps biocide
09.07. 6:46 Z 56°57'14"N 7°29'33"W 11° 0kt 5246.7NM wind 17.1kt 90° baro 1015 hPa Started main engine
09.07. 7:22 Z 56°57'4"N 7°29'30"W 185° 4.9kt 5246.7NM wind 19.3kt 63° baro 1015 hPa Motoring
09.07. 7:37 Z 56°56'16"N 7°28'34"W 110° 3.5kt 5247.8NM wind 16.6kt 68° baro 1015 hPa Autopilot activated
09.07. 7:53 Z 56°56'3"N 7°26'50"W 146° 5.4kt 5248.9NM wind 17.3kt 31° baro 1016 hPa Motor stopped, sailing with Main, Staysail
09.07. 8:00 Z 56°55'34"N 7°26'10"W 126° 4.1kt 5249.5NM wind 13.1kt 42° baro 1016 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 8:10 Z 56°55'6"N 7°25'19"W 137° 5.9kt 5250.1NM wind 14.3kt 53° baro 1016 hPa Sails set: Main, Genoa 1
09.07. 8:56 Z 56°51'36"N 7°19'53"W 144° 6kt 5254.7NM wind 17.9kt 53° sea state 3/10 clouds 1/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1015 hPa Sails set: Main, Genoa 1 (40% furled)
09.07. 9:00 Z 56°51'15"N 7°19'26"W 150° 5.7kt 5255.2NM wind 17.9kt 55° baro 1015 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 10:00 Z 56°47'2"N 7°12'29"W 118° 6.1kt 5260.9NM wind 16kt 55° baro 1015 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 10:21 Z 56°45'50"N 7°9'33"W 122° 5.7kt 5262.9NM wind 16.6kt 53° baro 1015 hPa Sails set: Main, Genoa 1 (20% furled)
09.07. 10:50 Z 56°44'8"N 7°6'0"W 132° 5kt 5265.5NM wind 12.9kt 20° baro 1015 hPa Sails set: Main, Genoa 1
09.07. 11:00 Z 56°43'38"N 7°4'55"W 128° 4.4kt 5266.3NM wind 9.7kt 47° baro 1015 hPa Whales! Tail slaps and everything
09.07. 12:00 Z 56°41'16"N 6°58'49"W 140° 4.7kt 5270.4NM wind 14.3kt 49° baro 1015 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 12:09 Z 56°40'40"N 6°57'52"W 139° 5.5kt 5271.2NM wind 13.8kt 47° baro 1014 hPa 56° 41,41N 006,°16, 10W 30 meters of black pipe floating 2.5 miles west of Ardnamurchan light
09.07. 13:00 Z 56°37'24"N 6°52'8"W 125° 5.4kt 5275.8NM wind 14.5kt 4° baro 1014 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 14:00 Z 56°33'46"N 6°44'59"W 139° 4.7kt 5281.1NM wind 14.5kt 22° baro 1014 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 14:10 Z 56°33'12"N 6°44'3"W 133° 4.8kt 5281.9NM wind 13.4kt 3° sea state 2/10 clouds 7/8 visibility 8/10 baro 1014 hPa Past Gunna Sound green buoy
09.07. 14:51 Z 56°31'22"N 6°41'17"W 155° 3.3kt 5284.4NM wind 8.2kt 40° baro 1013 hPa PAN PAN Stornoway CG: Near Mull island people stranded in Arisaig(?) bay, paddle boarders surprised by weather. Really poor reception
09.07. 15:00 Z 56°30'53"N 6°40'55"W 163° 3.4kt 5284.9NM wind 8.4kt 56° baro 1013 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 16:00 Z 56°26'59"N 6°36'54"W 160° 4.6kt 5289.4NM wind 13kt 19° baro 1013 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 17:00 Z 56°22'53"N 6°32'31"W 138° 4.9kt 5294.2NM wind 14.1kt 23° baro 1012 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 17:37 Z 56°21'35"N 6°30'25"W 118° 1.7kt 5296NM wind 7.3kt 109° sea state 2/10 clouds 8/8 visibility 7/10 baro 1012 hPa Wind is dying and shifting.
09.07. 18:00 Z 56°20'42"N 6°29'20"W 156° 4.6kt 5297.1NM wind 12.2kt 97° baro 1012 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 18:21 Z 56°19'11"N 6°28'7"W 158° 4.7kt 5298.7NM wind 17.4kt 78° baro 1012 hPa Sails set: Main, Staysail
09.07. 19:00 Z 56°17'21"N 6°25'27"W 133° 3.6kt 5301.2NM wind 8.9kt 82° baro 1012 hPa Hourly position log
09.07. 19:00 Z 56°17'21"N 6°25'27"W 131° 3.8kt 5301.2NM wind 8.7kt 83° baro 1012 hPa Sails set: Main, Genoa 1
09.07. 19:19 Z 56°16'46"N 6°23'18"W 98° 5.1kt 5302.5NM wind 10.5kt 63° baro 1012 hPa Autopilot deactivated
09.07. 19:19 Z 56°16'46"N 6°23'12"W 103° 4.1kt 5302.6NM wind 9.2kt 53° baro 1012 hPa Sails down, motoring
09.07. 20:00 Z 56°17'38"N 6°23'9"W 126° 0.5kt 5304.5NM wind 5.3kt 64° baro 1012 hPa Anchored
09.07. 20:05 Z 56°17'38"N 6°23'10"W 256° 0.3kt 5304.5NM wind 5.8kt 42° baro 1012 hPa Stopped main engine