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CLYDE CRUISING CLUB
CENTENARY CRUISE
JULY 18 - 30, 2010


During July , 2010, the Clyde Cruising Club (CCC) celebrated the founding of the Club 100 years ago. To join them, members were invited from the Royal Cruising Club (RCC), the Royal Highland Yacht Club (RHYC), the Cruising Club of America (CCA), the Irish Cruising Club (ICC) and the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC). A cruise program was developed covering 13 days to begin with registration and dinner at Ardfern on the west coast of the Scotland mainland followed by several other major events including a sunflower raft at Loch Drumbuie, a Beach barbecue at Vatersay in the Hebrides, a mussel supper at Loch Spelve, distillery Tours at Oban, and a final reception and closing dinner at Kerrera. In between the major events, participating boats were free to cruise targets of their own selection.

183 boats participated overall with 28 boats from the Cruising Club of America. The Pacific Northwest Station was represented on 4 boats. Joyce & Tad Lhamon, Alan Buchan and Bill Whitney chartered a 44 foot Bavaria sloop, "Ayla", from Argyll Yacht Charters located at Bellanoch Marina on the Crinan Canal. The boat performed well with a new set of sails and the only problem encountered was a malfunction of one of the heads and the charterer promptly dispatched a new replacement unit to Tobermory which the crew installed.


Ayla interior
VESSEL AYLA
Ayla layout

Each boat chose their own cruise route and even which major events they wished to attend. The following is a brief summary of the cruise Ayla sailed.

The Ayla crew chose to to go to Ardfern for registration and the initial event on the 1st day. They then went to Tobermory for the CCA reception on the 2nd day. They chose not to participate in the sunflower raft but to view the raft from a neighboring hill on the 3rd day. On the 4th day they returned to Tobermory to pick up the replacement head toilet unit and to refuel. On the 5th day they cruised to Canna in preparation for the crossing to the Outer Hebrides. They crossed the Minch on the 6th day to an anchorage at Fuiay island in the Outer Hebrides. On the 7th day, after getting water at North Bay and reconnoitering Castle Bay, they cruised through thick fog to Vatersay Bay. On the 8th day, after the beach barbecue at Vatersay, it was to Castle Bay for the night. On the 9th day they had a beautiful sail across the Minch to Breachacha on Coll island. They cruised by Staffa island with Fingal's cave and then onward to Ulva Sound on the 10th day.. The next day, enroute to Tinker's Hole anchorage, they stopped at the small town of Bunessan to sample pub food and replenish the dinghy fuel via taxi and a jerry jug. They sailed close by Iona, viewing its famous St. Columba Abbey. On the 12th day they cruised to the ruins on Naoimh island in the Garvellach group where they went ashore and inspected the ruins before proceeding to Spelve Bay for the cruise mussel party. On the 13th day they returned their charter boat to the Crinan Canal and attended the final cruise dinner at Oban/ Kerrera by auto transportation. The crew reports that the cruise was all they had expected and more.


Overall cruise route of the vessel Ayla



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CRUISE LOG AND PHOTOS
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CRUISE DAY 1
CRINAN TO ARDFERN
Sunday, July 18, 2010

On the first day of the cruise, Ayla left the charter company moorage at Bellanoch Marina on the Crinan Canal and headed north in the canal and exited into Loch Craignish and on to the upper end and the yacht center at Ardfern.

After registration the Ayla crew were warmly greeted by their Buddy boat hosts, Pippa and Gavin Shanks and enjoyed cocktails at the Shanks weekend home overlooking the bay at Ardfern. Afterward they all returned to the marina for the opening dinner event.




ROUTE CRINAN TO ARDFERN


ARDFERN YACHT CENTER HARBOR

After a rainy night aboard our charter boat,
we leave early with Tad Lhamon steering
Through the narrow and shallow Crinan Canal
Alan Buchan looks for rocks and selkies
Bridge ahead!
The bridge tender opens it
The bridge tender's home & garden
We pass through and
the bridge swings shut.
Crinan lock to the sea
Alan Buchan at the starboard helm
Joyce Lhamon at the port helm
Motor sailing north with company
We join the assembling fleet
Many boats already at Ardfern
Moored boats dressed for the occasion
Moored boats at Ardfern
Moored boats at Ardfern
Ardfern dock access
The boats began to increase and raft out
Ayla is farthest out on left
Another view of dock access
Pippa & Gavin Shanks (our buddy boat)
with Joyce Lhamon
Food for 700 cruisers was cooked here
under a tarped travel tent
On a giant wok
It smelled great
and tasted delicious


CRUISE DAY 2
ARDFERN TO TOBERMORY
Monday, July 19, 2010

After spending the night at Ardfern, Ayla cruised northward to Tobermory to attend the CCA reception party at the Westen Isles Hotel which overlooks the Tobermory harbor. After the reception they joined several other CCA members for a dinner at a local restaurant.




ROUTE ARDFERN TO TOBERMORY


TOBERMORY HARBOR

After outstanding dinner at Ardfern
we move north in fine weather
Anchored at Tobermory
Upon launching our dinghy we discover a floppy floor and water leaks
CCA hosts reception at The Western Isles Hotel
CCA Commodore Sheila McCurdy and
Past Commodore Bill Whitney
Alan Buchan and Kenneth Gumley (CCC)
Larry Somers and Lisa Lang
CCA Commodore McCurdy presents rum barrel to
Howard Morrison, Commodore Clyde Cruising Club
Jim Chambers and Barbara Watson
Kareen Worrell, Brad Willauer, David Brown, Ann Willauer
Crews from vessels "Iona", "Jeanne", and "Ayla"
having dinner at Tobermory
Joyce Lhamon, Bill Whitney, Alan Buchan
making tomorrow cruise plans


CRUISE DAY 3
TOBERMORY TO ORONSAY
Tuesday, July 20 , 2010

The Ayla crew decided not to participate in the sunflower raft exercise to be held in Loch Drumbuie but rather to go to a bay (Sailean Mor)on the north side of Oransay island which would permit them to climb hills overlooking Drumbuie Bay and the sunflower raft event.

They were successful in their objective and actually obtained valuable photos of the raft since the weather precluded scheduled aerial photos. Although the hills were quite small, the climb through dense heather and rocks was a rather strenuous outing.



ROUTE TOBERMORY TO SAILEAN MOR ON ORONSAY


SAILEAN MOR ON ORONSAY

Beginning to climb above Silaean Mor
to view sunflower raft at Loch Drumbuie
Bill Whitney, Alan Buchan and Joyce Lhamon on the climb
Joyce in the lead
Loch Drumbuie comes into view
Sunflower Raft at Loch Drumbuie
Sunflower Raft at Loch Drumbuie
Another view of sunflower raft
Left composite view of raft
Center composite view of raft
Right composite view of raft
Joyce on top of a view point
Looking back down at Ayla in Silean Mor
Bill finally made it to the top
Alan was a close tie
Back on Ayla for A cool one
after the climb
Scott Piper's "Pipe Dream was also at Sailean Mor
Pipe Dream and friend
Dinner comes out of the oven


CRUISE DAY 4
ORANSAY TO TOBERMORY
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Early in the morning, Tad and Joyce explored abandoned ruins of a crofter's cottage and outbuildings overlooking Sailean Mor.

Following Tad and Joyce's early morning exploration hike, Ayla returned to Tobermory to pick up a replacement toilet assembly for the aft head. The toilet unit had been replaced a new one before leaving the charter base but it began leaking badly and it was evident that the manufacturer had omitted a critical seal ring. While waiting on delivery of the replacement unit, the Ayla crew toured Tobermory'. The factory new unit arrived and was easily installed.

During the afternoon, the wind came up and the harbor was very lumpy, especially at the dock.



ROUTE ORONSAY TO TOBERMORY


Joyce considering moving into crofter's cottage
Checking the abandoned garden
Knee high heather
Anchor crew cleaning a very muddy anchor
Sailing back to Tobermory
Local transport ferry
Outside Tobermory harbor
Brown's store sells everything
Inside Brown's store where Bill bought
a much needed pan
for Ayla's galley
Visitor's Centre has showers,and laundry
Waiting for critical head parts to arrive
Another Single Malt to sample
Joyce and Bill's nav station
Lumpy water in Tobermory harbor
Brisk sailing
Colorful Tobermory
Boats riding the lumps
The lumps continued
More lumpy water. Check the boat on the left
Rock and roll


CRUISE DAY 5
TOBERMORY TO CANNA
Thursday, July 22 2010

On the fifth day Ayla headed for Canna island to provide a good jump off point for crossing the Minch to reach the Hebrides. The shore of Mull island was very scenic and it was a great sail with favorable winds. Upon reaching the anchorage at Canna, the crew hiked up the hill south of the harbor and enjoyed some outstanding views of St. Edward's Chapel and other historic sites.



ROUTE TOBERMORY TO CANNA


ANCHORAGE AT CANNA HARBOR


Taking on fuel at Tobermory
Alan at the helm while leaving Tobermory
(Stranger's Point)
Rubha nan Coll Lighthouse
Smooth sailing
Ardeamurchan - the most western point of mainland Britian
with Alan at the helm
Sailing to the Small Isles with Rum in the distance
Rum
Rocky dramatic shore on Rum
Rocky dramatic shore on Rum
Good sailing
Lighthouse on Canna
Entering Canna harbor
Canna anchorage
St. Edward's Chapel
Joyce Bill and Alan leave the dinghy
on the beach to go exploring
Alan Buchan, Tad Lhamon, Joyce Lhamon, Bill Whitney
resting after another climb for views
St. Edward's Chapel and harbor
St. Edward's Chapel
On the main road
Abandoned house/ barn
St. Columba's Presbyterian Church
Alan, Tad and Bill
Local sheep on Canna
View from hill with sheep watering trough
St. Edward's Chapel and Canna anchorage
Scots are Hardy
Notice swimmer next to blue boat




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