Saturday 17 June 2023

Oban Party Port

Actually we are still in Kerrera, but this weekend is the first of two Party Ports in Scottish waters on the OGA Round Britain cruise. We and most of the other gaffers dressed the ships overall with lots of flags.
It was another warm day with little wind. 

In the morning I walked up the hill above the harbour to look at the Hutchison memorial and admire the view over the islands.
David Hutcheson was a victorian businessman who helped found the Caledonian MacBrayne shipping company that bought steam ferries to the islands
 The ferry company provides a vital service to these communities and is now owned by the Scottish government.
Throughout the day gaffers have been arriving and we now have about 24 here - a few local gaffers as well as the Round Britain boats. The picture shows a few of them. A festive evening was spent in the Waypoint restaurant, and if there is any wind, a race is planned for tomorrow. We have been joined by Alasdair who has come up from Arnside and is seeing Bonita for the first time. 

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