Monday 19 June 2023

Parade of Sail

Today Jonathan who has been so helpful sailing in the Western Isles had to leave us, but has been replaced by Ds cousin Alastair who is an experienced sailor and sailed on Bonita on a Channel cruise many years ago. We have now left the Kerrera marina where the staff we so helpful and understanding.  We have had a splendid time with the Gaffers at Oban thanks to the organising skills of Julian and Alison Cable. The Scottish Area of the OGA, once quite quiet, is clearly in good hands.
The final part of the Oban celebrations this afternoon was a parade of sail past the Oban waterfront for the benefit of all those there. We had brisk easterly winds all day which caused some difficulty in leaving our marina berth, and made the parade of sail quite lively. Some boats had a reef ( or two) in, but we didnt think that necessary. Sorry, we were too busy to take any pictures but I am sure we put on a good display. After the parade of sail the wind died and we carried on sailing up to the entrance to the Sound of Mull. We have anchored in the lovely Loch Aline, which is almost entirely landlocked and surrounded by hills. It is forecast to be wet and windy tonight but we should be safe enough here.

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