We tried but didn't make it, waves were around 2m high when winds picked up.
We got around 4m out from Whithorn bouncing off the tops of waves at a max speed of 8-10knots with what felt like someone constantly throwing buckets of water at us.
At this point knowing the weather report was forecast to be gustier later we decided it wasn't worth it.
We turned and decided to go to into Wigtown bay as we would have made it along to the Solway either and after about an hour of this turned back to Whithorn and pulled the boat back out.
The annoying thing is friday night was flat calm and sunny!
We are going to change plans for next year and camp for a few days rather than putting all the eggs in one basket for the saturday, will take dive kit and do a day or two diving as well.
On the way home we launched at Girvan and took a run out to Ailsa craig for the hell of it. Had a nice 20ish knot run out, the wind blew up and made about 8 knots back in a howling sea of chop. At this point we gave up and came home.......
The only reassuring thing about the decision to abort was that we met a RIB from the IOM coming into Whithorn as we returned having just came across from Douglas, he was a bit bigger than us at around 7.5-8m or so with twin inboards. He just made it having had a very bad crossing including being pooped and having the boat filled to the top of the tubes plus losing two liferings from the A frame on the way across. They were absolutely drenched! He said the conditions were very bad all the way across.
Maybe next year.......