Saturday

We were moved into gear early ……..there was a knock on the hull at 0900 ………..it was the guy who took our line yesterday asking us for our £10 donation before we left……… when I blearily told him we were planning to stay another night, he was apologetic for rousing us so early and invited us to a ‘do’ at the Sailing Club that evening……..Whisky tasting and a band ……..we’re up for that!

A day with nothing specific to do, so I decided to try out the swimming pool. I had the pool and two lifeguards to myself! The end wall of the pool is glass and it looked as though I could swim right down the loch.

Exercise done, Marcus came over in the dinghy to pick me up………he had spent his time more productively……..he had started his first bit of rope splicing! After consulting the the bookshelf, Google and YouTube, we now have a piece of chain with shackles, spliced to mooring line warps, ready for the next ‘tricky buoy’ pick up!

Master Splicer!

Master Splicer!

The Sunday racing was under way and we began to worry that we were moored on the buoy they use as a turning mark ……….

Lee Ho!

Lee Ho!

In the evening we made our way round to the sailing club,

The Club House ........ fantastic views from the club room upstairs

The Club House …….. fantastic views from the club room upstairs

……………where we were warmly welcomed and fed with soup and rolls. The evening had been laid on for the Old Gaffers 50 years celebration.

There is an Old Gaffers rally that’s travelling around Britain and there were 3 or 4 boats waiting in Campbeltown to join them………..there should have been up to 30 arriving, but they have been weather bound in Dublin. As they say…….it’s an ill wind……..if they’d all arrived, we wouldn’t have been invited!

The Whisky talk and tasting was an education. There were 5 samples, straight from the cask, all of which are made here in Campbeltown in the traditional way………….. all processes are done ‘in house’ …….Marcus was a willing pupil and after ‘tasting’ the first one, I decided to act as Marcus’ memory  ……….. they were giving us double shots!  Hazelburn, Springbank and Longrow are the names to look out for ………I’m told they were all excellent single malts!

Extended Whisky tasting

Extended Whisky tasting

The band played for the rest of the evening………

Half of the very accomplished band

Half of the very accomplished band

………………… and the conversation, Whisky and sailing tales flowed freely.

Once again we had fallen on our feet and were shown warmth and friendship by this great little Sailing Club.

The Old Gaffers and the other half of the band!

The ‘Old Gaffers’ owners ……….and the other half of the band!

Sunday

Leaving Campbeltown

Leaving Campbeltown

We set off for Bangor at 1000, having checked the tides and weather…… the tides were good, but we had no ‘sailable’ wind at all.

We passed Ailsa Craig, which stands isolated and looks like an ‘Ayres Rock’ of the Irish Sea.

Ailsa Craig in a dead calm sea.

Ailsa Craig in a dead calm sea.

The passage took us eight hours, which passed easily and we pulled into Bangor at 1800.

Bangor with the Royal Ulster YC on the left

Bangor with the Royal Ulster YC on the left

We’ll only stay one night here……lovely as the town is, the marina is expensive and we want to leave before we lose an arm and a leg!!

Off to Ardglass in the morning.

2 Comments

  1. Hi M and M just catching up on your travels, all sounds and looks amazing. Give my love to Killough and enjoy the nostalgia xxx Liney

  2. linda and tim

    Hi to you both – seems like you are making excellent progress. We have just returned from Vassiliki in Greece on the island of Lefkada. It is a well known sailing and windsurfing area because of the wind. We both passed our RYA level one dinghy sailing and Tim also passed his RYA Level 2 Power boating – not quite up to your level but it’s a start!! Take care and keep up the good work on the blog – it is fascinating. Love Tim and Linda.

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