Booked for poor parking
Here's a couple of pics of the M/V Balmoral, approaching Millport, Isle of Cumbrae last night.
It was S.W. F6, increasing, with a heavy southerly groundswell.
The boat is pretty top heavy, and the narrow beam, loads of people on deck coupled to the swell, made for a pretty hair raising berthing to say the least
Her the master over the radio saying, we'll give it a go!
At least the police launch was there to make sure he didn't block anybody's driveway..
The photos don't do it justice, but the momentum of the thing hitting the pier was eye watering......I know which boat I was glad to be on!
Got to take my hat off to the skill of just getting it anywhere near the pier.
We tried to wait off, to see it leave, but the wind was picking up against the tide, and it was getting dark, so discretion being the better part of valour, we left, and encoutered some big seas ourselves heading back to the east side of Cumbrae.
We later watched Balmoral come round the headland in the dark, and the master obviously kept her bow to wind for as long as possible, but when she eventually had to make the turn accross the sea to port, oh my god!....you could see her lights roll about 35 degrees to starboard two or three times. It was terrifying to watch, there must have been a few spilled pints on board.