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by marisca
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Any news from the west?
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: Any news from the west?

I feel Geoff and I are being a bit unfair to Castlebay. They have invested in marina facilities with the 1st stage being the pontoons and breakwater. It is costing a lot and, yes, there are mistakes - electricity boxes right at boat bows, water only on the breakwater and then there is the ninja Co-o...
by marisca
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Well my Buckos
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: Well my Buckos

Summer will continue until next February's "beast frae the east". Stay in the water and enjoy!
by marisca
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Any news from the west?
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: Any news from the west?

It's not my critical faculties you have to assuage, rather it is that retired pedagogue Ken McCulloch whose career was based on telling students how useless their questionnaires were. Castle Bay - pontoons new and shiny, water only available on the breakwater (why?), toilets/showers coming soon but ...
by marisca
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Oban Bay Notice to Mariners
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: Oban Bay Notice to Mariners

Again, allegedly ...... conflict incidences have risen greatly since the transit marina opened, I assume from the increased number of boats crossing the bay.
by marisca
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Oban Bay harbour authority
Replies: 9
Views: 940

Re: Oban Bay harbour authority

Oh dear! Survey filled in but as always I wonder why advice was not taken from an expert on the questions. I await Ken's take on it all.
I'm waiting for the CMAL Harbour Authority plan that includes all the area bounded by MoK, Islay, Barra Head, Butt of Lewis and Cape Wrath.
by marisca
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: St Kilda Challenge
Replies: 11
Views: 1387

Re: St Kilda Challenge

From flat calm the 1st year to a hoolie this year, this event hasn't had the luck it deserves. Maybe next time? As smallest boat in the fleet you must have had the worst pasting - well done for persevering as long as you did. Enjoy your cruise and the ceilidh if you get to Lochmaddy. Better luck wit...
by marisca
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: St Kilda Challenge
Replies: 11
Views: 1387

Re: St Kilda Challenge

Start has been postponed until 13.00 with the forecast dropped to a mere 30 gusting 38kts with 3m seas. Ideal R32 weather - go Geoff!
by marisca
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: St Kilda Challenge
Replies: 11
Views: 1387

Re: St Kilda Challenge

Race starts at 10.00 tomorrow(Thursday) from Rathlin. Armchair watchers can tune in to http://yb.tl/stkilda2018# to follow the boats. Contender, the Rival 32 owned by our own antipodean anchor maker and all-round good guy, is at present halfway 'tween Pladda and Sanda trogging along at 4.6kts. She m...
by marisca
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Claymore Claymore Claymore
Replies: 5
Views: 1191

Re: Claymore Claymore Claymore

I cannae find Corran Ledge in ma "Claymore's Definitive Tidal Gates". Is it time fer an update?
by marisca
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: St Kilda Challenge
Replies: 11
Views: 1387

Re: St Kilda Challenge

Thanks Geoff. I thought I had turned the batteries off as is my wont but obviously not. Memory suggests I may have gone from 2 to Both rather than 1 to Off. In which case I have had GPS, instruments, VHF all on since Monday and I better do something fast!
by marisca
Thu May 31, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: St Kilda Challenge
Replies: 11
Views: 1387

Re: St Kilda Challenge

Highly tempting but on 1st thoughts, no thank you. I am still recovering from the SIPR Sound of Jura experience and may never stray from Gourock again. :D
by marisca
Wed May 30, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Old codger cleans up
Replies: 1
Views: 835

Re: Old codger cleans up

Thanks Geoff and many, many thanks to you and the others who made the event possible and so enjoyable.
I hope you will be turning out for the Ashton regatta on Saturday.
by marisca
Wed May 23, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Retirement? My arse!
Replies: 14
Views: 1526

Re: Retirement? My arse!

Two down, one to go. Kip was a waste of time, sad lack of wind with only one race out of 4 any fun - but we hoisted and dropped the chute many times and the sun shone. Then the slog to Oban with a northerly from the MoK up, followed by SIPR with a southerlyish nightmare of nae wind, too much wind, c...
by marisca
Thu May 10, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Retirement? My arse!
Replies: 14
Views: 1526

Re: Retirement? My arse!

Does that mean no snow next year? Your blue skies/sun piccies would lose their impact if covered with the white stuff.
by marisca
Wed May 09, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Retirement? My arse!
Replies: 14
Views: 1526

Retirement? My arse!

Seeing Claymore is wanting more forum traffic ....... I feel I should be slipping softly into my dotage - slippers, warm fire,Ovaltine before bed, family primed to rush to my bedside - it is, after all, 13 years since I got time off for good behaviour. Instead, I did a single-handed evening race las...

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