Leaving Eyemouth

Leaving Eyemouth

We set off from Eyemouth at 0930 on a rising tide and with a hint of sunshine. Just as we were going out a small boat started to come in ……. it took one look at us and turn tail and ran. With force 4s forecast, we put out all the sail out and had a good run out to St Abbs Head.

St Abbs Head under the boom.

St Abbs Head under the boom.

The coastline up here is unspoilt,

Passing Coldingham - along a bit from Eyemouth

Passing Coldingham – along a bit from Eyemouth

……… until you near Dunbar, but even Torness nuclear power station chimney has its uses ….. predicting the wind shift that happened, allowing us to control the gybe to some extent!

The winds became variable and unpredictable as we approached Bass Rock, just off North Berwick, and the current was pulling us out from the inshore channel. We romoved the boom preventor, turned on the engine and got back on track for the Firth of Forth.

As we approached Bass Rock, it looked like it was covered by either snow or guano …… as we got closer we realised it was covered with hundreds and thousands of nesting Gannets (and guano!)

Bass Rock from a distance

Bass Rock from a distance

Bass Rock close to.

Bass Rock close to.

Having cleared Bass Rock the sea calmed down and the wind was over our port beam. We were joined by a Motor Yacht we first saw in Whitby and again in Eymouth. It turns out he is doing a circumnavigation of the UK, raising money for the RNLI as he goes.

RNLI fund raiser Scooty Alan

RNLI fund raiser Skooty Alan

He is posting a blog, so I’ll try to find the address for any of you who are interested in his exploits.

Once we rounded the corner into the Firth of Forth we had to slow down, as we were going too fast ……… we had phoned Granton earlier and  they weren’t happy about us coming in, because they had had damage to the pontoon during the winter and they hadn’t been dredged, but when they heard we had grandchildren to visit in Wardie Bay they agreed for us to meet a member of the Yacht Club on the pontoon at 1800.

All seemed to be going well so we broke out the Pirate Flag and bunting, ready to sail into Granton ………. just as you think its all going to plan something hits the fan!!!

Firstly Wildgoose called us on the radio to say they had tried to get onto the pontoon at Granton, but there wasn’t enough depth for them and they were going on to Port Edgar marina. Just then the engine started to play up. It clearly had some sort of fuel starvation …….. on higher revs it was almost cutting out and then surging up to speed again. We didn’t dare risk the tricky entrance to Granton, so made the reluctant, but sensible decision to push on to Port Edgar too………. Luckily we were on the radio to Rosie and Steve on Wildgoose and they kindly turned back to meet us and shepherded us all the way up to The Bridges, incase the engine failed completely and we needed a tow……….. it was relief to arrive!!

No sooner had we tied up than a couple of small pirates came running along the pontoon to greet us.

Cha-aaargh-lie!

Cha-aaargh-lie!

Frey-aaargh!

Frey-aaargh!

Tash and the children had been on the quay at Granton to see us sail past :-(      and then drove along to the marina to meet us ………. much excitement and a lot of ‘Aa-Haaaaargh!!!’s from all of us and ‘cooo-el’s from Charlie.

It was great to see them at last and we really felt a sense of achievement to have completed our first voyage with a firm destination (albeit a few miles further on than planned!)

3 Comments

  1. Margi/Marcus, I hope you are enjoying Port Edgar. It was good to see you there – when you left Whitby heading for Blyth I thought you were in for a wet bumpy ride. I think the photo you took of Skooty Alan off the Bass Rock is great. Do you mind if I use a copy on my blog? We are back in Yorkshire for a couple of weeks break – hope to see you before you reach the Caledonian Canal. Alan

    • hayward.margie@gmail.com

      Hi Alan, yes of course you can use the photo. Have had a quick look at your blog and will read more once we get some more time …. it looks good…. and interesting to see our route from a different point of view. Look forward to seeing you en route. Margie

  2. Richard & Kay

    Congratulations to you two for a successful completion of your first voyage. Keep it up and take care. Kay & Rich

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