I had never gone round Ardnamurchan Point before despite two failed attempts in the past, because of rough seas. It is the most western point of mainland UK and has a reputation for a difficult passage. A perfect forecast and I was ready for my third attempt. After all ..now that I live beside loch Etive ..I need to get used to passing it to reach the Small Isles which are only 70 miles from my house.
It started off with a wet ride in F4 conditions in the middle of Lismore Tide race.. I was expecting light winds so got soaked to the skin because I was not wearing my drysuit.
A quick stop at Tobermory to change into dry clothes and to refuel .. not with petrol as I had plenty of that ... but with a pint or three of Guinness to steady my hand before attempting the Ardnamurchan coastline ... in the hope it would be third time lucky?.
I was bounce to bits going past the lighthouse .. on the swells from the previous day’s F5 in the Sea of Hebrides.. but the Guinness oiled my 66 year old knee joints well and I felt nothing.
I now started on the 10 miles of open sea to reach the Small Isles just as my liquid lunch started to wear off.
I landed on the isle of muck as I was now bursting for a pee with all this water around me and the drysuits zip had stuck.
Then landed on Eigg for supper ... but ...
What happens next ? ..
I guess you will have to watch the video to find out. It will be coming along in a few days ..assuming the sea doesn’t call my name again before its made.