Vela Vee

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Return to Adfern

With poor weather forecast for Thursday 30, we headed back to Ardfern (where we are currently hiding in the boat from the wind and rain!). A gentle sail up the Loch, almost all the way into the marina in sunshine, the end of a fantastic day. We were greeted on...

Corryvrekan

A gentle sail up the west coast of Jura took us to Corryvrekan, just in time to go through with the last of the Ebb tide. It is famous for its whirlpools and ‘walls of water over 9m high’ when the tide and wind, mixed with the narrowness of the channel and...

Loch Tarbert

From the Sound of Islay we headed into Loch Tarbert, which virtually cuts Jura in two as it goes so far into the island. We anchored about half way so we could kayak to see explore one of the many raised beaches in this area. These were created 10,000 years...

Early Start

Well for us, 06.30, to make sure we got the tides right. Well worth the early start as it was a beautiful morning. Unfortunately the wind was from the NW which was exactly where we needed to go, so we motored across the Sound of Jura. We needed to go with the...

Waiting for the weather

Having arrived in Gigha in beautiful weather the next day was strong winds and rain until the afternoon. Amazingly we had Wi-fi from the island out on the mooring buoy, so Jay was able to do some work, before we were able to do a short walk to a hill...

Day sail to Gigha

Pronounced Gee-a, this is a small island off the west side of the Mull of Kintyre. A journey of 29 miles from our anchorage at the Fairy Isles, basically south down the Sound of Jura. Wind was from the SW and a pleasant 16-18 knots so once out of Loch Sween we...

And we are sailing

Saturday 25 July, we finally set sail, destination the Fairy Isles, 21 miles south of Ardfern on the mainland. Though only about five miles as the crow flies, as the Fairy Isles are a wonderfully sheltered spot about 6 miles up Loch Sween. A collection of very...

Farewell to the old main sail

The last big job was putting up our brand new main sail, we needed a day with no wind for this. Unfurling (the sail stays in the mast, wrapped around a furler) the old main sail and taking out the 5 battens that ran the full height of the sail, then dropping...

More power

The next big job was installing 4 new batteries, these are somewhat bigger than your average car battery and weigh 70kg each, so getting them onto the boat and then down into a hole under the table was the major challenge. Jay rigged up a hoist off the boom...

Anchors away

With the plan of going to Norway, we had bought 100m of anchor chain to replace our 60m, in preparation for anchoring in the deep fiords. We painted links at 10m intervals, to make it easy to measure the chain going out. A slow job, and when we went to move...