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Date: 02 Aug 2013 17:00:00
Title: Oban, Scotland

imageCrossing Scotland on the Caledonia Canal turned out to be a fun way to see the Scottish Highlands. The canal is approximately 60 miles (97 km) long, of which 22 miles are man-made. There are 29 locks and 10 swing bridges along the waterway, all operated by the canal staff. With a little practice through the first locks, we learned how to handle the lines and fenders, and ODA was in no way harmed. Unfortunately we did not see Nessie in Loch Ness, although Kai and the kids think they may have caught a short glimpse of her once...
The photo is of ODA during our visit to Urquhard Castle in Loch Ness.
Tobias is quickly learning, and before long he will be an able sailor and a valued crew member. The kids were fun to have on board and provided non-stop entertainment.
Once out of the canal we made a detour to the small and picturesque village of Tobermory. By concidence, the Highland Race Week was going on and the pubs were filled with music and happy sailors. ODA’s skipper and most of the adult crew stayed out a big later than usual to enjoy the local ales, whisky and fun times.
A temperamental low pressure system settled over the area and we weighed anchor the next afternoon and motored against the wind to Oban, where we entered the Oban Marina in gale force wind, happy to have found a space at the dock in this crowded harbor. Also at the marina were three other Norwegian boats, two of them from my home town in Norway, Asker.
We have also had problems with our two new sails from Elvström in Norway and one had to be repaired here in Oban by the local sailmaker. A strong warning to anyone considering buying new sails from Elvström sails! This leading sailmaker must be experiencing management problems as the sails, service and follow-up have been a major disappointment. Never again, for my part!
Jeanette & co. unfortunately have to leave us here and so Kai, Tobias and I will continue on alone towards Dublin.

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