Elaine's arrival

Trip Start May 06, 2008
Trip End Sep 30, 2008

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Hinchliffe's are a lovely couple. They are generous to a fault and one kind offer that Fran made was to run us in to Tesco in Oban to enable us to replenish the boat's stocks, so after coffee in the local restaurant / bar, the lovely-named 'Wide Mouthed Frog' we were taken in. We were surprisingly efficient and all was done by 13:00.

We now had three hours or so prior to Elaine's appearance. One task to fill the time was for me to go and pay for the starter switch that we had ordered yesterday and which had been sent express to the chandler in Dunstaffnage. Ours was sticking a little and on two occasions, it didn't make the contact when I turned the key and thus the starter motor didn't engage. The chandler, Terry, apart from being a chandler, also runs a yacht hire business and thus has more extensive experience than most of engine systems. It was he who had advised me that Volvo Penta switches (mine) were prone to failure, he'd changed 2 on his boats in 18 months and he'd also warned me that a new one would be stupidly expensive. It was, 135.00!!! This passed through Terry's books so it wasn't him profiteering, I hasted to add, to those cynics amongst you. We'd decided to have the switch replaced the following Friday, so we had to bring Elaine back by then.
Elaine arrived bang on time, having flown from Norwich to Edinburgh and caught two trains and a taxi to get to us. It was super to see her and as the weather looked promising for the next couple of days, we were confident that we would have a good time. So without further ado and having said our farewells to the Hinchliffe's previously, we set off westwards up the Sound of Mull and towards Tobermory.
Progress was fairly slow, as both the westerly wind and the tide were against us so after a couple of hours of motor sailing, we'd decided not to make for Loch Aline, on the Morvern Peninsula ie. the north shore of the Sound, rather we would anchor just short of the entrance in a super, quiet anchorage called Ardtornish Bay. The bay has a single house, idyllically located on the shore where it is both sheltered from the wind and yet maximises its exposure to sunshine, a lovely location. It was being enjoyed by about 20 people on the beach and in the gardens but to be fair, they were just enjoying themselves and the noise of their conversation and laughter somehow augmented, rather than detracted from the location.
Julie cooked a cracking prawn curry and we settled down for the night at around 10:30.
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