Saturday, 30 July 2011

Oban to Tayvallich - 19th July

Route Oban to Tayvallich

8 o'clock start, in order to catch the turn of the tide at down at the sound of Luing. Got there  just as it turned.  We shot down doing 12.6 knots over the ground with just the Genoa up . ( see pic of GPS).

We then and a lovely lazy sail and motor at times down to Tayvallich.  We were fortunate to grab one of last visitor mooring bouys as i didn't fancy anchoring there as it's a very busy little place.  We'd been there year back when we hired a cottage so this was the first time back, so we went ashore and for coffee and a shower in the cafe before a stroll about, which included booking a table at he restaurant for later that night .

Mooring to Oban - 18th July

A late start to the weeks sailing due to the forecasted weather...which never came!! Got to the mooring late Monday afternoon to be met by glorious sun and very little wind.  Motor sailed down to Oban.  Entering Oban bay an odd site met us a big fishing boat in the middle and a RNLI boat.  I've been into Oban many times, but for some reason i got it in to my head  there were only 2 cardinal ( in fact there is 3) as that is all i could see!! The idea being buoys  2, 3 you can pass between as it is a shallow patch and a rock near the 3rd buoy.  Any way i head to wards what i though was the 2nd of 2! to leave it to my port.  Mean while i was getting distracted by the RNLI boat and the stationary fishing boat.  As i got to the buoy i suddenly realised it was a northern buoy which I should be leaving to be starboard side!  I suddenly remembered there was  3 buoys  but the fishing boat , which i now realised was aground (which was why it wasn't moving ) was block my view of the 3rd. Any way it was nearly high tide and i had 6 meters of water under me so i carried on over. But collected a friendly slapped wrist from the lifeboat for my efforts.