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Lifeboat Demonstation - Lochinver

Lifeboat Demonstation – Lochinver

Our return to Arctica did not run to plan – the bus from Inverness to Ullapool (our third of the day) broke down and had to be replaced, so we missed the connection for Lochinver. Fortunately the CalMac office helped us find a taxi prepared to make the 30 mile trip on a Saturday evening. In the morning we were delighted to be joined by John & Helen in ‘Mara’, who had been round at Drumbeg. We enjoyed our morning and afternoon coffees together, and dined at the Riverview Restaurant. The day was blustery and showery, providing the opportunity for some running repairs – reinstalling autopilot controller, restitching sprayhood, unblocking sink etc. It was also the Lifeboat open day, and we had a grand view of the Lifeboat and Coastguard helicoper demonstrating retrievals from the deck and the water. Today in calm and a flat sea we crossed the Minch to Stornoway – plenty of dolphins and porpoises, but still no whales seen. Yotties beware! – Stornoway currently has no provision for diesel fuel, although the local council hopes to have something in place before the end of the summer… The Port Authority has plans to to add more berths (with power) and provide toilets, showers, laundry room and drying facilities, but no date is given.

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