At 0830 on 17th May we departed Lochboisdale after a single overnight stay. We waited for the ferry to depart before proceeding. The ferry docks in town but passed close by the marina entrance - you wouldn't want to get in its way (shades of Sydney Harbour ferries)!
We had a NE 6-8 knot breeze so set full sail. High clouds were clearing. An hour later the clouds were gone and we had a nice ENE breeze and we having an excellent sail. A further hour later and the wind had died so we motored in to the loch, around the fish farm and into Wizard Pool.
|Heading north from Lochboisdale|
|Approaching Wizard Pool|
Here is our 15nm track...
Friday at Wizard Pool was spent fitting the new boom brake, consolidating lazarette stowage, and stripping back and oiling the companionway hatch guides. Weather was partly cloudy with occasional sunny spells, but cold! The surroundings were - umm - spell-binding! Very tranquil apart from the jets overhead at cruising altitude which were clearly audible in the otherwise silent surroundings.
Saturday at Wizard Pool was spent stripping back and oiling the teak strakes on each side of the companionway slide. These and the companionway guides have been varnished previously and we've been gradually eliminating external varnish over the years. A great improvement. Weather was again partly cloudy with sunny spells, but still cold!
The track below covers our stay overall. Prior to the gale the wind was from the SSE. During the gale it was from the SSW. We seem to "tack" through about 30 degrees when on a 3:1 to 4:1 scope (varies due to 4m tide range).
|Wizard Pool GPS Track|
|Wizard Island in foreground, bullet-factory in background|
We loved our time in the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides). Our next destination was the Isle of Skye.