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oot the way for a while...

Postby pagoda » Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:33 am

Gents,
After a fairly long drag up through both canals, and out to Lossiemouth, we left there last Thursday AM and headed east along the Moray coast, then a smidgin north of east and out over the empty N Sea. The first half was 10 Kts on the nose- so lots of tacking and then some motor sailing. The middle was flat (smooth - not flat!!) and a bit foggy.
The last 100 miles to the Norwegian coast had Northerly winds- a fine direction. The only problem was 20-25Kts rather than 10-15...
That was hard work , mostly on a small jib alone, still doing 6 Kts. A lot of effort was spent on watching the weather side for 3-4m breakers coming in....
Arriving on an un-kent coast at midnight is never a great idea, particularly considering the miles of skerries littering the sea north of Stavanger. So we played safe and used the deep water entrance south of Karmoy. Never got properly dark :D . And the sun was up again about 03:30. 335NM from Lossie to where we tied up.

However, a few interesting Scottish anchor stops were made on the way up.
Up Loch Craignish a bit , south east side, inside of Eilean nan Gabhar and a wee rocky islet (and a floating barge of creels!) - a fine quiet spot, damn good holding and shelter.
Picked after coming out the canal late on. Good choice.
After Kerrera - we headed up inside Lismore and Shuna- past Dallens Bay- on the way towards Corran. Decided against Dallen's Bay and stopped inside a wee bay on the NE end of Eilean Balnagowan - off Ballachulish. Looked a bit stony/gravelly but held fine. Another decent spot with good shelter from South - NW. Nothing but geese and seagulls nesting nearby. Definitely a good place to wait for Corran. (Corran was a terrible disappointment, compared with the Burnt Isles - or Cuan..)
On Loch Ness after Fort Augustus, we managed to sail for a few hours - tacking our way up to Invermoriston, looking for somewhere to shelter from the NNE winds. Not easy on Loch Ness.
There is an anchor symbol there, so we dropped the hook in 15m of water - and put out all 40m of chain. The wife was less happy as you could almost have walked ashore!
However we had shelter and there was no wind change. Next morning was like plate glass! Bonny.
That's the Scottish bit done, though the slog from Inverness along the Moray coast was very monotonous. Not the most attractive bit of water to cover.

However, over here is a lovely place to be sailing. Like the Uists but with mountains on steroids. :lol:
Rocks and skerries all over the place, lots marked, some not. Loads of boats out sailing / pottering / ferries dashing about. Felt like Hope Street in Glasgow it was so busy.
I've got most of July to explore here, so I'll report back with some more snippets.
(And the stories of the Vikings taking all the better looking Scots lassies back home with them must be true :D )

Graeme , (John & Hamish)

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Re: oot the way for a while...

Postby wully » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:17 pm

Jealous !

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Re: oot the way for a while...

Postby Nick » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:57 pm

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Kathy and I did the same trip in 2010 but via Lerwick.

You can read our blog here.

Enjoy - and post us some pics here!
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Postby Aros More » Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:44 pm

I crossed from Edinburgh in May. Real struggle to get out Forth with 25 on nose, wind came round a little but still a motor sail all the way. Only time it was light was during thick fog. When about 30 miles from our landfall at Mandal wind was 30 bang on nose. We'd had enough so reefed and bore away to Listahavn about 10 miles west of Lindness. Nice wee harbour and oh what joy to kill the engine. Mostly fine warm sunny weather since then. Went as far as Arendal in Norway then crossed to Smoegen in Sweden and continued south to Copenhagen. Crew change and down to Ruegen Germany. Currently in Wernemunde with gales awaiting more crew. All very beautiful and a great change from back home. Only seen 2 UK boats in 1000 miles one was Tarka of Lorne heading home to Ardfern after a winter in the Baltic.

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Re: oot the way for a while...

Postby pagoda » Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:40 pm

Well, here's an update.

Been up the coast to Bergen and back - 360NM - all over the place. Not much wind, but enough to sail some of every day. Even used the gennaker a couple of times!

Foties here for browsing at. http://s1324.photobucket.com/user/pagod ... way%202014

We visited Utsira ( of shipping forecast) and Rovaer on the way back down, off Haugesund/Skudneshavn. Fascinating. We Scots could learn a lot about municipal provision of harbours / mooring facilities from here. They have it sorted in Norway. Mind you there are no tides to speak of height wise.

Very friendly all round, decent facilities for £15 a night.
On the other side, almost NOBODY except the commercial traffic knows or applies COLREGS at all. Quite scary with 20-40Kt motor boats charging around. You never know which side of your bow they will go - until they change their mind and pass by at high speed...
Otherwise recommend a visit. Pity about the large lump of North Sea in the way!

Graeme & Anne

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Re: oot the way for a while...

Postby pagoda » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:42 pm

We came back to Scotland this weekend. 54 hours from Sandnes to Peterhead, 95% on Starboard tack all the way. Not a single soul did we see until near Britannia / Andrew fields- a couple of supply boats. then very little more until about 35 miles off Aberdeenshire we got in among about 10 trawlers. (dodged them all).
No other yachts at all.
Peterhead looks fine and sheltered for our winter lay over.

While we wouldn't put anybody off visiting Norway, the northern North sea is rarely a trivial business. Do have 3 or 4 bodies on board, (not passengers!- people you trust on the helm at night in 25Kts). That way people can get enough kip to operate properly.1

As before, fine wind direction, though on the strong side at 20-25Kts NNe-NNw almost all the way. We went to 2 reefs and a wee jib, and still occasionally saw 8Kts ground speed. Waves not as big as the first trip, maybe 2.5m, so not as damp in the cockpit, but the occasional face full of sea in the dark is good for wakening you up.

Who's been up through Wick to Orkney? Next adventure under consideration next season. :)

Not many foties taken, too busy helming or sleeping! Will post one or two on Photobucket as previously.

Graeme & Adam

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Re: oot the way for a while...

Postby DaveS » Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:04 pm

pagoda wrote:
Who's been up through Wick to Orkney? Next adventure under consideration next season. :)



I have, in 2006, but the other way round: up the West Coast to Cape Wrath, over to Stromness, explored the islands in Scapa Flow, round to Kirkwall via Copinsay, explored the northern islands then crossed from Stronsay to Wick.
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Re: oot the way for a while...

Postby fairy nuff » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:00 am

This year - June - Troon, Gigha, Corpach, Caley Canal, Portmahomack, Wick, Stromness, then back via Kyle of Tongue and Cape Wrath. No problems, and very helpful harbourmaster in Wick.

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Re: oot the way for a while...

Postby pagoda » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:08 pm

fairy nuff wrote:This year - June - Troon, Gigha, Corpach, Caley Canal, Portmahomack, Wick, Stromness, then back via Kyle of Tongue and Cape Wrath. No problems, and very helpful harbourmaster in Wick.



thanks gents,

That sounds promising. Son no2 is a mechanical engineer working in Stromness / Kirkwall - developing tidal turbines, so a trip up that way seems a good way to get back to the west coast next year.

Graeme


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