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Wild and Woolly

The Details, Cruise 15 of the 2016 season:

-30th to 31st August

-50 nautical miles

-Crew: Laurie, the Groom family and Mick.

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We had been looking forward to sailing again with the Grooms and this time they brought along their friend Mick.

After the crew joined Bluebird at her home port of Tayvallich we motored down Loch Sween against a Southerly wind then hoisted sail where the Loch met the tidal waters of the Sound of Jura and the magnificent hills of the Paps of Jura came into full few. With the tide flooding North we made good headway towards the Gulf of Corrievreckan where Obe expertly took charge of spinnaker operations. As forecasted winds were on the increase we dropped the spinnaker before entering the Sound of Luing and with full mainsail and genoa we powered up the Sound through the strong tides under the skilled helmsmanship of Noah. The crews confidence quickly grew when sailing through the narrow channel at the entrance to Loch Spelve on the island of Mull. This Loch is used commercially to produce rope grown mussels. After picking up a mooring under sail we went ashore to collect another crew member and also 5kg of fresh mussels which were enjoyed aboard with some chilled Muscadet sur lis.

As dawn broke the next day we knew that we were in for some exhilarating sailing conditions as we sailed from the mooring and out of Loch Spelve under full canvas, the youthful and enthusiastic crew loving every minute. At lunch time we moored in Seil Sound after a fast bouncy sail across the Lynn of Lorne and through the notorious Cuan Sound which separates the islands of Luing and Seil.

With a strong South wind blowing the sail plan was reduced to trysail and storm jib which proved to be an ideal choice in the increasing wind conditions. After some exciting sailing heading South we arrived at Crinan Harbour, satisfied and happy with our efforts.

Thanks to all who joined Bluebird for this short sailing trip, great sailing with great company. You are more than welcome to join Bluebird again next season for more sailing adventures.

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