Salen Anchorage

Scottish Islands Three Peaks Race

We weren’t last in the running race but we were almost the last boat over the sailing start line. We had a fair wind and the tide was with us and it was a lovely day so everyone was very happy. The main fleet were pulling ahead but still in sight, albeit they were at Lismore and we were just leaving Oban. The problem with being a bit slower is the tide starts to slack off and then wind dies in the evening so it took us 5 hr 20 min 29 seconds to get our runners to Salen, the anchorage on Mull. We arrived at 17:20 already second to last. Oh dear! The runners rowed ashore in the dingy and Sarah and I anchored Sumara on a relatively short scope of chain with a 15 kg Rocna on the end. The anchor bit in well. We kept the scope short so we didn’t range around the anchorage. Some of the yachts anchored on long rope warps were blowing about in the light wind at slack tide but otherwise we had a quiet time and set our alarm for 11pm and grabbed a few hours sleep. This was a bit of an error as it happened………………

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