Thursday, 9 July 2015

Thursday 9th July - Tobermory to Salem

Changed gas bottles and bought milk and water before heading off to Salem. Motored briefly then sailed over in light winds and bright skies.
Pontoon booked at Salen.(£26)  Jan the owner helped us tie up. I went for a shower (£2) while D helped neighbouring boat.  Family of 5 with a lovely black lab called Otto.
Off to Salem hotel for dinner.

Wednesday 8th July - Tobermory

Most of this is covered by previous days comments. Photos at ached.

Tuesday 7th July - Puldoran to Tobermory

Puldoran - Tobermory - 26 miles

Arrived 10:30 at Tobermory and got a mooring near the pontoons. Went ashore for a gorgeous hot shower after a brief sleep. Cafe Fish all booked for tonight so booked for Wednesday night.
Visited Dermots favourite hardware shop and bought a few screws and a hot water bottle!!
Decided to buy food for dinner on board but had lunch at the pub next to the marina - wonderful scallops in garlic and side salad and D enjoyed his Guinness :-) sat in lovely sunshine. Dermot found the source of the leak and fixed it!!!!
Beautiful evening but winds changed to North /NE and all boats were getting tossed around and I was awoken at 2:30 by all the movement and noise.  Dermot rigged a bed for me in the centre which is supposedly more stable 😂😂but I did get a few hours sleep but was v glad to get off. We went for a walk to the smokehouse and explored the back lanes down to the marina.
Dinner at Cafe  Fish was brilliant.  Moules followed by sole stuffed with crab meat  and Halibut in lemon and caper butter followed by ice cream berries and chocolate  for me.😊a swift drink at the Mish Nish completed the night.

Night of 6/7th July - Puldoran

This evening and night deserve their own entry. Variable strong winds and heavy rain proved that the leak over the pilot berth had not been fixed plus Grania was falling back on to the boat behind us.  This boat had re - anchored not long previously because he was not holding!!!
Fun and games - in the pouring rain Dermot pulled up and relaid the anchor  4 times and I was at the helm - at the last attempt it was getting dark and other boats were joining in the dance manoeuvring around the inlet.  In between times we were stripping the overhead panel off and trying to find the source of the leak
Dermot ended snoozing in the main cabin checking hourly on our position while I slept eventually in our bed.
Dermot woke me up at 6am and we motored off to Tobermory catching the tide - hitting 9 knots over the ground at one point!!!!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Monday 6th July Port Appin to Puldoran

Leisurely start to the morning- no wind so motored to Puldoran. Hot and sunny, saw couple of porpoises.
Anchored up and weather turned wet. Took dinghy and then walked over the hill to Tigh an Truish. Lots of rain. Returned to Grania for the evening. Joined by 12 other yachts as winds became stronger and very flukey!!!!!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Second day of Sailing Holiday

Spent last night at Letterfinlay hotel  having dropped off Owen with his car.  Now at Port Appin  having loaded up sorted out a few teething issues., beer and gin tonic in hand.. Fingers crossed, the leak has been fixed.☺  In the pier house to cough up £10 for the mooring and have a beer. Heading to Puldoran tomorrow or seil