Adventures of a small yacht

Expeditions

A Tricky Call

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 22. 2nd July 2022 Position: Moored Ullapool Wind: NW F4 Visibility: Good. Sea condition: Calm. Weather: Sunny Spells Sometimes I wish it would just blow a full nasty gale, then you can shrug your shoulders and put the kettle on as there would be no point in trying to venture out until it calms down. Right now, the weather isn’t too bad, but the forecast is rather iffy to say the least. The long-range shipping forecast has it as Near Gale 7 mainly Westerly for the general Northern sea areas. The Hebrides forecast until tomorrow

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Expeditions

Waiting for the weather to deteriorate!

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 20. 1st July 2022 Position: Moored Ullapool Wind: Southerly F3 Visibility: Good. Sea condition: Calm I’m enjoying my time in Ullapool although I would have set sail by now to make use of the lovely southerly wind. Jannicke arrives tomorrow late afternoon and I am still planning to set off early on Sunday morning, but the final decision will be made later on Saturday as the weather pattern keeps changing. Right now, it looks like at least some of the trip will be bashing into fairly strong headwinds before things are due to settle down

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Expeditions

Departure to the Faroes is approaching soon

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 17, 18 and 19 – 29th June 2022 Position: Moored Ullapool, North West Scotland Wind: Calm. Sea condition: Calm. Weather: Sunny with Rain Showers You may be wondering why I am staying so long in Ullapool. The original idea of adding some extra time at various stop-over ports was to allow me the ability to choose the best weather conditions to depart. Sadly, that doesn’t really happen because I can’t depart until my crew arrives! Then we pretty much have to leg it and take whatever the weather gods deliver. Jannicke will arrive on Saturday,

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Expeditions

Who needs a health and safety “Method Statement”

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 14, 15 and 16. 26th June 2022 Position: Mooring buoy Ullapool Harbour Wind: SE F4-5. Visibility: Good. Sea condition: Choppy in the harbour. Sunny spells Phil and I left the delights of Isle Martin on Friday morning and pottered into Ullapool. There are eight good strong blue visitor’s buoys in the harbour bay, so we picked up the nearest available one to the shore and Phil pumped up the Avon dinghy. It was time for Phil to leave the Good Ship. He had received a text to say that there was a lift going back

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Expeditions

Cracking progress!

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 13. 23rd June 2022 Position: Moored, Isle Martin Wind: SW F4-6. Visibility: Good. Sea condition: Moderate to Rough One of the drawbacks of sailing in Britain is that we need to use the tides, so we were up again at 05:05 GMT to catch the strong stream that runs through the Kyle Rhea. There was little wind so the donker was set at 2,000 rpm and we enjoyed a calm motor all the way to Portree where we picked up a visitor’s buoy. Now, there is no doubt that Portree is a very picturesque town,

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Expeditions

And we are off!

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 10. 20th June 2022 Position: Anchored Ornsay, Isle of Skye Wind: W F3-5. Visibility: Good then mist and very poor. Sea condition: Slight then Moderate On Sunday evening Phil and I moved the boat to a vacant mooring so we could cast off early at 05:00 the following morning without running aground. True to his word, Phil showed up with a smile on his face at the unearthly early hour so that we could catch the NW going tide up the Sound of Mull. There was little wind, and what little there was, was on

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Expeditions

Saved by a beer

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 8. 18th June 2022 Position: Still in Dunstaffnage Wind westerly strong, showers. I know, I know, I’m meant to be recovering from Covid so why am I having a beer. To be honest, I haven’t really noticed any effect from Covid so I’ve just been keeping myself to myself and tinkering with little jobs on the boat. I’ve had my tea (as they say) and finished the quick crossword. I even started to read a book but soon got bored and then the idea of a swift Doom Bar started swirling around my head until

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I’ve got some positive news….

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 7. Friday 17th June 2022 Position: Still in Dunstaffnage Weather: Wet and windy morning but now the sun is breaking through ….but, it’s not good news. I suppose it was inevitable, but I have just tested positive for COVID and I’m beginning to feel not so good. Having said that, I don’t currently feel too bad either. It massively complicates matters as I had just arranged a new crew member and we were planning to set off on Sunday. The weather was looking good at least for the first few days and my new crew

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Arctic

Would you believe it!

Scoresby Sund Expedition 2022 Day 5. 15th June 2022 Position: Dunstaffnage Dry and sunny – so far but those clouds tell a different story! After living through a couple of years of Covid ravished London, after travelling on the packed tube trains, after enjoying meals in busy London pubs and after shopping in crowded supermarkets, Grit eventually succumbs to the dreaded lurgy and is lying flat out on the Good Ship. How weird that she catches it while enjoying the windy delights of staying on Sumara in a pub-less marina. Luckily, I am testing clear – so far! This adds

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A slight feeling of foreboding

Scoresby Sund Expedition – Day 3 13th June 2022 Dunstaffnage We packed the campervan on Saturday with too much “stuff” and drove to Yorkshire to meet Ray who will be crewing on the Greenland leg. Ray has been designated Chief Engineer and as the donker may be working overtime in Scoresby Sund, Ray could be kept busy with his oil can. Ray lives in a wonderful old farmhouse with lots of sheds. We were treated to an excellent evening meal, as always, and after walking the dog in the morning, we set off to the boat loaded with provisions and

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