Weather improved so much on Sat I was all ready to go to the party, but had some bad news which dampened the party spirits. So, I got there Sunday morning 1000, after an easy passage with little wind and only one light shower, while there was still some water to get into the harbour. Never been there. Very interesting. Sorry you couldn't make it Bruce. Tony magically appeared to take my lines and guide my route up the 'steps' and on to the island.
Great day, not much rain, but a W'ly breeze increasing to brisk. Just hoped it would ease by the evening and start of the ebb. It did - a bit. Short steep seas on the starboard bow (mainly) as I approached Pladda kept speed down to 10-15 knots, I think, (when I could read the GPS - which wasn't often) except in the good bits, which always ended with a big hole appearing under the boat and a block of concrete to hit. Will I ever learn?
A lively run down the Sound of Luing at 23knts. - full cruising speed - and then the Dorus Mor. I usually scoot through the lively bits at the western entrance just for fun. You can avoid them a bit if you try, but it didn't seem worth it. This time, I'd misjudged it.
The pyramidal waves were at my eye height, squirting up into the sky all around - and under - me.
Reduced speed to a crawl and let the tide carry me through. All over in a couple of minutes and I was soon back home.
Was it worth it? Will I do it again? Absolutely. The event's huge fun, the island people great, helpful and welcoming. The organisation fantastic, I'm sure every islander must have been involved in some way. Great food. And I've known worse weather. Thanks for organising that, Tony.
I'll be back next year, by RIB weather permitting. After all, I need to defend my title.
Yes, these are the words of a (joint) World Champion - in the 'Old Tosser' category. I've never been a World Champion before. I'm quite chuffed.