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    Caledonian Canal with sailboat

    July 8-10, 2021 We had decided to go through Scotland, on the Caledonian Canal with our sailboat instead of sailing around Scotland. One of the reasons is the time saved and also cool to sail through Scotland and on the Loch Ness. We arrived to Corpach quite late, after the locks had closed for the day. There was a small dock we could moor against next to the first lock. It wasn’t the best spot but it was good enough. We had pre-booked and paid for the canal before we arrived (at the Scottish Canal website). We showed our paperwork to the personnel and proof of payment. The following morning…

  • Sailing along the Inner Hebrides

    July 6-7, 2021 After we had said goodbye to Sanuti we got up really early to start sailing towards the Caledonia Canal, a canal that allows to you to sail through Scotland instead of around. It was to far a distance to do in one day, and you also have to time certain narrow passages with the tides. We anchored at an anchorage on the northern tip of the island Luing for the night. It was a very pretty anchorage. It was a calm evening, there were cows walking on the shore, a seal swimming in the anchorage. The following morning we got up, made sure to time the passage…

  • Whiskey and wine on Islay

    July 4-6, 2021 We did an overnight sail from Wales to the island Islay in Scotland. Once again we had a lot of fog in the morning when we got close to Islay. We entered the marina at Port Ellen early in the morning, we ate some breakfast and then took a walk in Port Ellen. After lunch we took the whiskey path, a walking path that goes past three distilleries. Islay whiskey is famous for being smoky. After the walk we had a nice dinner out with Sanuti. It was our last night together. We met in Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines half a year earlier and sailed…

  • Sailing through the Menai strait

    July 3, 2021 The Menai strait is a shallow and narrow strait that separates mainland Wales from Anglesey. The tidal currents in the strait can be really strong. The most dangerous part is the Swellies, located between the two bridges in the strait. There is a lot of shallows in the part of the strait and the tidal currents can create whirlpools here. The tidal current can be up to 8 knots at worst. Don’t want to have that against you… When sailing through the Swellies you use slack time for Liverpool as a reference. More about when to time sailing through the Menai strait can be found here: Passage Through…

  • Sailing up to Northern Wales

    June 30 – July 3 2021 After a night in Solva we left Pembrokeshire and sailed up to Northern Wales, or not really sailed. It was no wind so we mostly used the engine. The days before there had been northerly winds and in the upcoming days it would be northerly again so we choose to sail this day anyway. We sailed overnight and in the morning there was some fog. We arrived late morning to the entrance to Menai strait. A narrow strait which is very much affected by the tidal currents. This day we would only sail a short distance, to Caernofon, in the strait and not through…