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Phil and Ali

The Details, Cruise 16 of the 2016 season:

-23rd to 28th August

-106 nautical miles

-Crew: Laurie, Mark

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The mission for this trip was to get to the Jura Music Festival as the star attraction this year was Phil Cunningham and Ali Bain, masters of blending traditional music with fiddle and accordion.

The forecasted winds for the next few days were quite strong so our first day was planned for a fast short passage from Tayvallich to Crinan taking advantage of the Southerly breeze. After dinner aboard and a drink in the Crinan Hotel we enjoyed a peaceful night moored in the harbour.

We left Crinan the next day to catch the tide back down the Sound of Jura and used the engine while stowing the tender on the foredeck to reduce drag when it was being towed. Conditions were quite difficult as the wind blew against the tide driven water going in the opposite direction, it was wet and uncomfortable so we took shelter in Carsaig Bay until the wind moderated and moved more to the West. By this time we made faster headway under sail as the sea was more manageable. When arriving at Craighouse for the music festival we berthed alongside the pontoon which was just a short walk away from the concert so with some haste we were able to join the happy audience who were, by this time spell bound by the exquisite musicianship, sweetness of tone and emotional playing of the musical duo that is Phil Cunningham and Ali Bain, both national treasures indeed!

We were fortunate to meet my daughter Sheila at the festival along with many friends which made our efforts in sailing there all the more worthwhile.

By next day we continued to enjoy the Jura Music Festival and in particular the “open mike session “ when crew from Bluebird and Moonshadow got together on stage and did a blues number which went down well with the audience.

By lunchtime the weather had moderated and with the wind on our starboard quarter, the sails powered up, sun sparkling on the gin clear water and the coffee hot we set sail to go North and ended up sailing onto a mooring in front of the Loch Melfort Hotel, what a great day!

After the second attempt to head back to Tayvallich , and Bluebirds home port we reached our final destination tired but fully satisfied after an adventurous few days.

Thank you again Mark for joining us on Bluebird for another great cruise, roll on next season.

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