Position N61,32.2 x W016,11. Wind SW F3 and fading out.
We have had a lovely sail this afternoon but the wind eventually died off. I started the engine but there was no thrust from the gearbox. I checked with Jim at Dunstaffnage and he thinks the cones must be worn out. With a blast of throttle it does eventually pick up but it is getting worse and I suspect we will have no engine power soon. The weather ahead isn’t too great with east and southeast gales forecast as the deep low passes through. We will plug on but once again St Kilda is looking unlikely.
Sent at 16:58 GMT 9th August