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Archive of entries posted on June 2006

LAPTOP LERGY

Ill computer


Poorly PC

SMS from Skipper:

Laptop kaput, blown ‘fuse’. Can’t get fixed here so will try in Norway.

So, no more offshore blog entries until the Norwegians coax the laptop back to life. Don’t you just love technology? Cross your fingers and watch this space…

MAINLAND – END TO END




MAINLAND – END TO END

Originally uploaded by arctica.

Our first day of continuous rain and mist (in six weeks) saw us sailing from Papa Stour up to the beautiful fjord-like Sand Voe at the N tip of the Mainland. Next day we had an exhilarating sail, well reefed down in a Force 6/7, all the way down to Lerwick in gradually brightening weather. Since we got here the weather has been perfect. We met up with Bob and Kate, up from Glasgow to exhibit their vintage motorbike at the Classic Motor Show, and went with them to a ‘Foy’ – a supper ceilidh dance. Today we visited the Show – fascinating – and then took the bus to Sumburgh airport and walked out along the cliff top to Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, the S tip of the Mainland. Tomorrow we set off to visit the islands of Whalsay, Unst and the Out Skerries before returning to Lerwick before our North Sea crossing.

PAPA STOUR




PAPA STOUR

Originally uploaded by arctica.

We spent two nights at Vaila Sound (Walls) on the west mainland, yawing about the anchor in a strong gusting northerly. We were unable to get ashore, but anyway Walls seems to be a scattered township rather than a village proper. Today dawned brighter with the promise of less wind so we moved twelve miles north, with the tide but still into the prevailing wind, to Hamnavoe on the SW of Papa Stour. The east side of the island has a rough airstrip, two piers (new RoRo, old concrete) and about ten croft houses. The main attractions are the famed caves, geos, stacks and skerries – Fogla Skerry (outermost in photo) has subterranean passages through it bored by the sea. The ground above the cliffs on the west of the island is tundra-like and the haunt of many skuas.