Portree. Still sunny and light SW wind.
We stayed for a day in Tobermory because there was very little wind. The following morning it blew old boots from the west and we had to beat into a rough sea for four hours before finally clearing ‘ard n murcky point. Once we came off the wind Sumara romped along in the strong wind towards the Sound of Sleat. We abandoned the idea of going to Britain’s remotest pub at Inverie because of a forecast for a Southerly Gale and the mooring there may have been exposed. Instead we anchored at Isleornsay in 5 m. The day had been sunny but just as the anchor bit there was a huge downpour which we sneakily missed. Today we caught the north going stream in Kyle Rhea at 07:00 GMT and were surprised to see a yacht heading south along the shore. After it passed us we noticed it was being swept westwards towards some rocks which it eventually hit and was stuck fast for fifteen minutes before seemingly freeing itself. The water there was teaming with life – seals, fish and birds and we thought something bigger and altogether more exciting.
After debating going to Pluckton, we finally opted for Portree where we are now moored. I’m still have a few engine concerns as I noticed fumes coming from a breather pipe. I phoned Jim at Dunstaffnage who suggested it is probably not too serious and that by clipping the breather pipe near to the engine air intake should solve the fume problem. I’ll keep a check on it.
It is going to be an early night tonight as tomorrow I need to get back into some serious training.