Emerald Tales

Currently in Portugal after 7 years in the Mediterranean

22 March 2024 | Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
01 March 2024 | Porto Santo
23 February 2024 | Porto Santo
22 January 2024 | Madeira
15 December 2023 | Porto Santo
13 October 2023 | Porto Santo
15 September 2023 | Porto Santo
09 August 2023 | Porto Santo, Madeira
28 July 2023 | Porto Santo, Madeira
23 June 2023 | Porto Santo
15 January 2023 | Porto Santo
15 September 2022 | Porto Santo
19 August 2022 | Porto Santo
29 July 2022 | Porto Santo, Madeira

Looking forward to a few days of pontoon living

14 July 2011 | Rona to Gairloch: 18nm travelled
Nichola / Dry but overcast
Photo is of Emerald in the Rona anchorage, the lodge in the foreground.

The day started sunny but windier than we'd expected. We did our usual worry all the way there when going into a marina or harbour as to whether there would be space for us. Gairloch says it has 60m of pontoon for visiting yachts but in reality there is only really about 30m. We motor-sailed up the Sound of Raasay, the wind up our stern, a point of sail Emerald doesn't do very well at without poling out the yankee. Off the top of Rona we got the engine off and genny out, but with the waves that had built up from the F5/6 the wind kept being spilled from the genny so we went for main-sail only. We managed an average of 5kts so not too shabby.

As usual, the wind was gusting F6 as we approached Gairloch harbour - we could see only 1 mast over the top of the pier but didn't want to count our chickens too soon.... Rounding the pier we were delighted to see a piece of pontoon perfectly sized for Emerald. Colin got her turned around, I jumped off the bow (a technique perfected in the box moorings in the Baltic last year) and we were on.

The forecast isn't looking great for the next few days so we'll probably stay here until maybe Monday. There's loads to do - I've already planned us a walk and bike ride! Colin is groaning  (Beer!! Pubs, beer!!skip)
Vessel Name: Emerald
Vessel Make/Model: Kelly Peterson 44
Hailing Port: No fixed abode
Crew: Colin 'Skip' Wright, Nichola Wright
About: One from Northern Ireland, one from Yorkshire, UK
Extra: Emerald has been our home since 2004. We've sailed around the UK, the western Baltic and have spent 7 years in the Med. We're currently in Portugal, planning a refit. Lot's more information about us and the boat can be found at www.yachtemerald.com
Home Page: https://www.yachtemerald.com/