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The Final Few Days

The Final Few Days | Click photo to enlarge

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We got away from Arisaig on a grey morning, but by the time we rounded
Ardnamurchan Point the weather had improved and we had good sailing in
to Loch Sunart, where we anchored off Charna Island. The showery, gusty
weather pattern resumed, but next day we had an easy sail up the Sound
of Mull, then a storming broad reach across to Oban in a Force 7 wind.
The visitors’ moorings are quite exposed so we had a fairly rough lie
until the wind moderated during the night. We had to motor the next
passage down to Crinan against a southerly wind, but by early afternoon
we were at anchor off Crinan sea lock in bright sunshine. Our intention
was to return to the Clyde by way of the Mull of Kintyre, but the
forecast of a southerly gale prompted us to opt for going through the
Crinan Canal instead. Short handed, we teamed up with another yacht with
four aboard and so made steady progress, but the day of transit proved
the wettest of our whole summer’s cruising. Today we left Ardrishaig and
are spending our last night aboard at Rothesay, before the last leg
tomorrow up river to Dumbarton, where Arctica will be lifted out to
complete a very successful season’s cruising.

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