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A Voyage on Lizzie May
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th April 2015
The forecast for the weekend was for strong cold northerlies and the weather didn’t disappoint. Friday evening was lovely with light winds and lots of sunny intervals giving us no hint of the wintery conditions to come. As we headed out of Loch Creran late on Friday afternoon we watched a Peregrine Falcon circle over the water then swoop down and pick something off the surface. We couldn’t make out what it was but were amazed at what we saw, Peregrines are not known for feeding like Ospreys!
Having spent Friday evening anchored in Airds Bay we headed round the north end of Lismore and set off down Loch Linnhe for the sound of Mull, setting a reefed mainsail staysail and small jib. The wind at first was squally, then moderate but soon freshened to force five or six and we spent the rest of the day tacking up the Sound of Mull. No one was counting but I wouldn’t be surprised if we had tacked forty times by the time we reached Tobermory and tied up alongside the pontoons in the bay. Hands were tender and limbs were tired but it had been one of the most exhilarating sails for a long time and we felt a great sense of achievement!
We set off fairly early on Sunday and had a cracking sail back down the sound with a fresh force five to six behind us. Somewhere between Fishnish and Artornish Castle a Golden Eagle flew overhead, only about 100ft above us. The wind was bitterly cold and we were treated to frequent showers of hail, rail or snow! The wind and tide were both perfect as we approached the entrance to Loch Creran and we managed to sail through the narrows and all the way to the mooring at Barcaldine.
A big thanks to Adrian, Linda and Chris for bearing up in the cold conditions, and thanks also to Toby without whom we could never have had such an exciting weekend.