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To Sea with the Rainbow Nation

The Details, Cruise 4 of the 2016 season:

-19th to 23rd June

-116 nautical miles

-Crew: Laurie, Robin, Celia, Carry

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Our South African guests embarked on the yacht at Tayvallich, which is one of the most sheltered natural harbours on the West coast of Scotland before sailing South down Loch Sween and into Kilmory Bay, fringed by its wonderful sandy beach. Under full sail in a moderate breeze we had Bluebird dancing across the Sound of Jura at a good pace and into the aquamarine waters of the Small Isles which provide a sheltered lagoon for visiting leisure craft.

Emboldened by the brisk sail across from the mainland to Jura on the previous day and the prospect of some great sailing weather, our intrepid crew enthusiastically helped sail Bluebird through the Sound of Islay and across open sea to the enchanting Island of Colonsay which is famous for aquaculture and in particular the growing of oysters. This takes place in sheltered tidal waters of the Strand situated between Colonsay and Oronsay. High quality Honey is also produced in this area. These ingredients were put to good use in Bluebirds galley when used in hot sticky carrot pudding and honeyed Greek yoghurt along with a starter of grilled oysters with a pesto/Parmesan crust accompanied by a glass of Colonsay stout, (brewed on the island).

Colonsay has its own micro climate and enjoys fine dry weather with minimal rain fall due to its relatively low sky line compared with the higher islands of the Hebrides like; Mull, Skye, Rhum to name but a few.

The next three days were spent exploring the “ nooks and crannies” of Loch Tarbert before sailing East again via the Gulf of Corryvreckan and returning to Loch Sween and Tayvallich.

Typically the Scottish weather resembled “four seasons in one day” during some days of this cruise. A feature which added to the overall magic for our guests from South Africa who departed Bluebird with some lasting memories. Please return soon, Robin, Celia and Carry from the Rainbow Nation. You will always be welcome to join us again on Bluebird for more Scottish magic!

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