An update from Jambo who was checking out dining arrangements for all the Ireland Boats crews - thanks Big Man!
The Oyster has decided to have two sittings this year due to previous business levels. Unfortunately the later sitting at 8pm is full, and the earlier at 6pm is just cutting it too fine given a lunchtime departure from Redbay. I know it's possible to make the trip in the time, but experience suggests that it would be very tight to do it comfortably and get squared away on arrival. It certainly wouldn't suit the campers!
So, we've booked the Puffer on the island for both nights - ALC on the Friday, Rendezvous gathering on the Saturday. We'll have a handy sized RIB available and handheld comms so we can ferry our own crews about if needs be.
There isn't much by way of a shop in Easdale, IIRC, so make your plans for lunch on Saturday in advance (buy it in Northern Ireland
As ever, we prostrate ourselves before the alter of the Weather Gods, may they forget to blow on us...