So, did you set off on your theoretical sail?
I take it that you spent the last 2 days getting from Kip to Cambeltown, and now need to decide whether to keep going or have a distillery tour?
Just looking at your forecast in isolation, the decision seems ( to me ) slightly doubtful - what was the time of issue of forecast relative to your departure time?
Not sure if I could persuade my crew to set off because of the mention of 7 and 8.
Looking at the broader picture, what was the weather in preceding days - fairly calm so OK? what is the sea state going to be - forecast says slight so OK.
Looking at the surface pressure charts, the next few days seem to be dominated by a high, so OK.
How far north would you be before the wind increased? What options if it was worse than forecast?
Would the wind be far enough on the beam for fast, steady progress? or would it be too far aft, giving a rolly ride?
occasionally 7 later in west.
Where is west? Further west than you would be going to Tayvallich?
This is the evening forecast - still 3 and 4 so did the calmer winds last longer than expected?
Inshore Waters Forecast
The inshore waters forecast issued by the Met Office, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
For coastal areas up to 12 miles offshore from Tuesday 19 February 2013 at 1800 UTC until Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 1800 UTC
Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and North Channel - Strong winds are forecast
24 hour forecast: Southeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later in North Channel. Smooth or slight, becoming moderate in North Channel. Mainly fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor near shore.
Outlook: Southeast 5 to 7. Slight or moderate. Mainly fair. Good.
Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point - Strong winds are forecast
24 hour forecast: Easterly or southeasterly 3 or 4, increasing 5 or 6, except in eastern shelter, occasionally 7 later in west. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far west. Fair. Moderate or good, occasionally poor near shore.
Outlook: Southeasterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 in far west. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough in far west. Mainly fair. Good.