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Back to the Clyde

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The first stop on our return leg to the Clyde was Carsaig, a few miles
south of Crinan – an attractive village set round the bay, offering a
nice half-mile walk across the peninsula to the more sheltered but less
accessible Tayvallich. On a dreich, windless morning we started down the
Sound of Jura but after a couple of hours the weather improved and we
reached Gigha in bright sunshine, seeing a dolphin with calf in
Ardminish Bay. Ashore, we enjoyed playing in an impromptu music session,
walked to Achamore Gardens, and at night stargazed into the very clear
sky. Mike left us the next morning, taking the ferry to Tayinloan, and
we set off to round the Mull of Kintyre. Off the lighthouse, we met with
/Seol na Mara /and passed across her Skipper’s bunnet, which Peter had
sorely missed. There followed four hours of frustrating motor-sailing
without making any appreciable headway against the fierce tide – but as
it eased we were able to continue to Campbeltown. After a showery day at
Brodick, we made up to Rhu, where the Mate gutted the bucketful of
mackerel we caught off Inverkip. Our final day started with a visit to
Iain and Barbara in Helensburgh, then we motored up-river to Dumbarton
where we were immediately de-masted and lifted out for the winter. Our
summer cruising had occupied 121 days, covered 1,760 nautical miles, and
visited 70 anchorages.