Oban Marina, Kerrera
The rain started as we had breakfast and continued until we
arrived at Kerrera. Plans to wander around Tobermory, take showers on shore
etc were quickly revised and we donned foul weather gear, stowed the dingy and
headed off. The wind was initially in the north but visited most points
of the compass as we tacked down the Sound of Mull. There were a lot of
boats about - emerging now and then from the gloom, but we were almost the only
one sailing. We had a couple of spells when the wind died altogether and
had to turn on the engine - but managed to sail most of the way. We
finished with a nice reach across to Oban Bay with the radar on logging 1500
miles since we began - shame we could see nothing at all. Again the AIS
was a great help in spotting the CalMac ferries bearing down on us - and
confirming that the huge vessel emerging from the rain and mist and
apparently about to run us down was in fact an anchored cruise ship. One
of the tenders diverted to take a look at us in full sail - we were distinctly
more photogenic than Oban today.
We are now sitting on a lovely pontoon at Kerrera - just 60
yards from Corryvreckan and many good memories. The showers are spacious, hot
and long and the seafood cafe/bar looks good for dinner in a few minutes.
And its stopped raining and looks good a for a few days. No pictures today
- we couldn't see anything.