Shard wrote:How did it work out John? We were doing the antifouling and generally lying about in heap in between trips to the Tigh an Truish. The Met Office Inshore Waters forecast on Navtex on Friday was forecasting 6-8 with a bit of 9 plus wintry showers......
Friday, sailed down from Rhu to Largs in strong winds under reefed genoa (no wind instrument so don't know speed). Saw the GPS hit 9.3 knots, though crew says it went to 10 at one point. Just read Nick's thread on difficuties of turning upwind which gave me some food or thought. Thanks to the new reliable Beta my plan to pick up a MOB would be to furl genny and motor up. Also took precaution of us both being tied in with lifelines when it got really blowy. Final dramatic flourish when a flurry of snow hit us just as we were about to enter Largs.
Original plan had been to sail in company with my mate Franks HR29 but as his crew had called off we decided that the best plan was for the three of us to go onto the HR - its got an Eber!
Sunday had a great sail in F5/6 upwind into the Kyles with a few miles of motorsailing from Loch Striven up to East Kyle. Blasted dwn the East Kyle and then round Ardlamont an up into the wind to Tarbert. Only saw a few boats out but amazingly only just got last alongside visitors berth. A really cold day but great sailing and great views. Got a bit if a shock at prices in Tarbert Ã‚Â£17 to berth, then you have to pay for showers, and electricity is another Ã‚Â£2 per meter card.
Suffered Vega envy when I saw Keith Patrick's Vega with its very smart cockpit tent - looked expensive.
It had been dry, but raw, all day. Blue skies most of morning. Rain passed through overnight and we woke to one of those morning that turn Tarbert into a tropical paradise ( apart from the temperature). Started windless and low tide exposed the various rocks at the entrance to the harbour. During the nights precipitation snow level had dropped to 500 feet. One brave soul was antifouling his Contessa at 6.00 am in freezing conditions before the tide came in.
Sunday was another great day. Flew down to Loch Ranza in a ridiculously fast time - must have averaged 6.5 knots- again started out with blue skies, though it gradually clouded over. With the fourth day of strong northerlies LochRanza was a bit bouncy. Had lunch on a mooring and then sped back to Largs on a fast reach.
Forecast had consistently been for winds to drop on Monday but winds seemed just as strong. Didn't fancy putting Fleur through a five hour pounding to windward and me and crew both had family events to get back for, so left Fleur in Largs to be picked up net weekend. Need to arrange a mooring to take her to as can't afford Rhu prices after 1st April. Got a few options to try out but in bed all day with the dreaded lurgy, picked up from the HR skipper. (so there is some justice - I'm definitely being punished for a great weekend!).
Fancy a trip on Fleur up to Rhu next weekend?
Hope the thread isn't too long and boring after a day comatose in bed I think I'm slightly delirious.