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Ailsa Craig

Ailsa Craig

Ailsa Craig

The morning brought poor visibility, and as we headed south we ran into fog – quite thick in places, but with tantalising glimpses of the sun's outline in others. An inbound US submarine gave regular radio reports of its progress through the fog towards the Cumbrae Pass for a rendezvous with British and Dutch vessels for a naval exercise. Eventually Ailsa Craig loomed out of the mist, its upper levels clear but its base still shrouded in fog. This cleared before our arrival to anchor off, allowing the Skipper to add the ascent of another Marilyn to his list. After a quick look round at what remains of the old curling stone industry, we crossed to Girvan for the night. A chat with the Harbourmaster warned of the possible noisy arrival of the Wick Lifeboat during the night, but our sleep went undisturbed.

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