Arrival: Port Logan, Mull of Galloway 54:43.544N 004:57.685W

Frans & Sarah Toonen
Thu 11 Sep 2014 17:00
Thursday 11 September 2014. Occasional SE 1-3, fog and sunshine. 65.3nm. 7.5 engine hours.

Continued south headed home. Every whisper of wind was used so that during our 12 hour day we actually had the engine off about ⅓ of the time. Due to the settled conditions we were able to stay close inshore past the Mull of Kintyre where we enjoyed up to 6 knots of favourable race. The tide was not with us from Corsewall Point along the hammerhead of Galloway to the Mull of Galloway but we minimised the push back by hugging the shore in search of back eddies. The coast line was very striking and not often enjoyed by yachtsmen we imagine as usual conditions dictate standing off in safer water. 

Plenty of birds all day including inquisitive kittiwakes.

Portpatrick looked very inviting with it’s pretty coloured harbour front houses. Mooring there is against the stone quay and as we have spring tide today (with a range of 4m) that means quite a climb up a green slimy ladder which Sarah will not do. The chart shows a large number of disused cables on the seabed at Portpatrick. Very odd until you discover that this is the site of the UK end of the first transatlantic telegraph cables! 

Onwards to anchor off the beach at Port Logan and a quiet chip and beer free evening watching the sunset into the light fog.