Thursday, 28 July 2016

Stonehaven to Arbroath

Stonehaven has no pontoons and so you tie up against the harbour wall. You need lots of fenders and long mooring ropes to deal with the tidal range. Still there is a first time for everything and at least we didn't get hung up!
The ladder was fun when the tide was out.

Our trip from here to Arbroath was much the best of this leg, little wind and some sun and only 30 miles so we left at 0920hrs and arrived at 1545hrs. Very little swell and no wind so we motored all the way once again. We plugged against the tide for the first two hours but still averaged a decent 4 kts needing to arrive at Arbroath when the gates into the inner harbour were open.

Arbroath harbour in the sun

On our arrival a lovely lady gave us a fresh mackerel she had caught that day, which Alice prepared and we had for supper.

The forecast for the next day was for a lot of wind from the south so we spent an extra day in Arbroath and explored the town and the Abbey ruins.

Arbroath is a lovely town but it does have some strange news headlines!

Next day's forecast was better so we planned to head for Anstruther.

Peterhead to Stonehaven

Alice and I caught the train up on the 22nd July and arrived 1 1/2 hours late at Aberdeen and caught a bus through the rain to Peterhead.
There was a gift of a can of beer from the Faeroes left by a solo sailor Thomas I had met when last in Peterhead. Since I had seen him last he had sailed over to the Islands and back.

 Also there was a letter for Dylan written by some admirers who had seen Harmony and assumed he was there!
Glad to get our heads down on Harmony after the long journey.
The next morning, Saturday, we settled our account and left about 1000 hrs to catch the tidal stream south. We exited in a thick haar so could see little of the harbour except the entrance towers. Navigated a course through the fog until it lifted about an hour later as we were just a bit south of Buchan Lighthouse. Progress was slow as we met the last of the northward going tide.
We motored all the way to Stonehaven. Once the tide was under us we managed near enough 5 knots all the way. Harmony's engine is doing sterling work as we did 38 miles in a little under 8 hours.
Arrived very tired as the wind and swell knocked us about a fair bit, I sometimes have my doubts about the wind strength that is forecast.

Latest News - arrived Edinburgh

We arrived at Port Edgar, Queensferry under the Forth Bridges, yesterday evening after a gruelling motor and sail up the Firth of Forth.Wind was F5 from the west so in our faces just about all the way.
Left Edinburgh this morning on the train for home.

Harmony snugged up on the pontoon at Port Edgar.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Scotland update

Hilary and Charlotte came up and spent a few days on the boat and sightseeing around Peterhead.
Then we left the boat on the pontoon and drove home.
That was Monday 20th June.
Finally returned to the boat with Alice on Friday 22nd July.
Left Peterhead for Stonehaven on Saturday morning, not a very nice trip, very rough and tedious motoring all the way into a brisk south wind.
Today we left Stonehaven and motored down to Arbroath, lovely, easy day little wind and see a flat calm, only excitement was avoiding the lobster/crab pots and spotting Puffins.
Now moored up in Arbroath marina which is in a very active fishing harbour.
A lovely lady gave us a fresh caught mackerel for our tea. Not nice weather tomorrow so will stay here and leave on Tuesday for Anstruther.