Easdale RIB Rendezvous
We are unsure of exactly how many RIBs turned up but there were over forty. Whilst many travelled just for the event others came to the area for the week and stayed prior/over.
Saturday – Despite the forecast the wind turned out to be Easterly (as predicted) but Force 6 – not a great wind for Scalasaig. Thirty three RIBs made the 25 nm passage to Colonsay and literally surfed into the harbour. The smallest RIBs being 3 at 4.0m. The wind curtailed many who had intended to visit Oronsay or circumnavigate the island. Legs or bikes were the alternative modes of transport. Gavin and his team at The Pantry acted as hosts/basecamp. Some RIBs passaged as far as The Garvellachs and decided not to make the open sea passage to Colonsay, Others took the decision before departing Easdale but such is the cruising ground available sufficient alternatives were easily found. Despite the weather forecast predicting Force 2 or 3 from 1500 the wind was Force 4 to 5 on the nose for the return leg from Colonsay. RIBs were ‘grouped again for the passage back to Easdale or further afield. Those staying at locally near Easdale enjoyed a splendid BBQ of local fayre at The Puffer Bar adjacent to Easdale’s harbour.
Sunday continued where Saturday ended, clear blue skies but wind at Force 4. The main group headed down to The Gulf of Corryvreckan where sights such as golden eagle and white tailed sea eagle were enjoyed. The Corryvreckan Whirlpool was doing its stuff with a 2.0m tide range. This proved sufficient to make the waters interesting without being overwhelming. Other groups travelled as far afield as Tobermory (Mull) or circumnavigated the Isle of Lismore stopping at The Pier House Hotel for lunch
The event was well supported by RIBs. The local population also enjoyed the weekend
Please keep sending pics to info@easdaleRIBrendezvous.org.uk
Pic - RIBs surfing into Scalasaig Harbour, Colonsay