Time to head northwards

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

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

We woke to a calm morning but again, the NW winds were promised and it was cold. Temperatures were low last night and by 09:00, they hadn't made double figures. We love the positive aspects of being here, but the constant cold, NW winds are off-putting, in truth, but having said that, with the gorgeous scenery and uncrowded harbours and anchorages - we still prefer the north.
It was a sad day for us. We'd really enjoyed Duncan's company, he'd been great value and we wish him well with his next trip down to the Scilly Isles on Ocean Phoenix. Of course, we also hope that Masquerade, his Westerly Fulmar, is back in commission soon, to enable him to enjoy the remainder of the season on his boat. We said our farewells in Oban at 11:00, Duncan to do some last minute shopping and us to replenish stores for the next week, when we would be on our own until the following Saturday or Sunday, when Paul and Melanie Bowden would join us in Skye for a week.

We were back on the boat, re-watered and victualled and ready for the off by 15:00. We had a super sail in, guess what, F 4-5 NW winds up the Sound of Mull and back into Loch Aline for the night. At anchor, out of the wind, it's flat calm and lovely. However, it is chilly and we do have the heater on to compensate - and we're how close to the longest day ?????

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