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Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island | Click photo to enlarge

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With Mike and Ann aboard, our destination on a lunchtime departure from
Campbeltown was Rathlin, making use of the ebb tide through the North
Channel. A northerly 5 gusting 6 gave us a stirring sail down to Sanda
Sound, but we then decided to spare Ann (not a happy sailor) the longer
haul and put in for the night at Sanda south anchorage, tucked under
‘The Ship’ lighthouse,well sheltered from the sea running outside. The
demands of tide saw us on our way again in darkness at 0415 into a
westerly breeze, with rough seas at first until clear of the Mull of
Kintyre. Thereafter the crossing was easy, but requiring a huge course
offset to allow for the strong cross-tide. At Rue Point, the S end of
Rathlin, and slightly behind schedule, we ran into a 5kt tide race and
spent most of an hour clawing our way through to slack water and into
the shelter of the breakwaters to tie up alongside the pontoon at 0915.
After a hearty breakfast and catching up a couple of hours sleep we went
ashore for walks. Rathlin is an attractive island, popular with day
trippers who are soon left behind as you walk quiet roads bordering
fields of black cattle fattening on the lush grass. There is a bird
reserve, but a trip there will have to await our next visit.

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