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CLYDE CRUISING CLUB
CENTENARY CRUISE
JULY 18 - 30, 2010



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CRUISE LOG AND PHOTOS
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CRUISE DAY 6
CANNA TO FUIAY
Friday, July 23, 2010

On the 6th day of the cruise, Ayla left the anchorage at Canna and headed across "The Minch" to an anchorage north of Fuiay Island titled Sgeirislum as described in the Clyde Cruising Club Sailing Directions and Anchorages for the Outer Hebrides. The crossing went well and the somewhat tricky entrance to the anchorage wAs accomplished without problems.

Tad went ashore and climbed a nearby hill with an excellent view of the area.

The cruise vessel Kea arrived later and evening cocktails were shared aboard Ayla.

It turned out to be an excellent anchorage choice.



ROUTE CANNA TO FUIAY



FUIAY ANCHORAGE

Cliffs on south side of Canna
Cliffs on south side of Canna
Canna shoreline
Scores of Basking Sharks off Canna
Fin of 15 foot shark near boat
Entrance to Fuiay anchorage
Dianne Embree, Jeb Embree, Patti Young, Paul Connor
Carol Connor, Joyce Lhamon, Dianne Embree, Jeb Embree
(front) Paul Connot, Carol Connor, Jeb Embree
(back) Paul Hamilton, Dianne Embree, Patti Young
Tad Lhamon on hill above Fuiay anchorage
Note boat to his left


CRUISE DAY 7
FUIAY TO VATERSAY
Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday morning, Ayla departed the Sgeirislum anchorage by the same route that was used for entry after considering the direct route of the Westward passage. . The route was around Fuiay Island and entering North bay where water was obtained at the North Bay dock. Upon departing North Bay the route was taken to the East to clear the Red Rocks and then heading south to make entry to Castle Bay.

Entry was made into Castle Bay via the Commerciao channel. Intent was to survey the bay over for return on Sunday following the Vatersay Barbecue event.

After a short visit, Ayla was directed back out the eastern entry but turning south after passing Unessan through Fisherman's passage and then westerly to Vatersay Bay. Timing was good as a good anchoring spot was available even though quite a number of boats had already arrived.

After anchoring, Tad and Joyce took off for a view hike to the local ruined Manor house and the memorial to the 1858 wreck of the emmigrant ship, "Annie Jane", where over 400 people died. At the same time, Alan and Bill headed to a nearby house and cottage which were offering showers at a rather steep price. However the fees were being passed on as donations to a local relief society.

During the evening the Ayla crew joined the crew of Moonsong for an enjoyable cocktail sessionn.



ROUTE FUIAY TO VATERSAY


VATERSAY HARBOR

Tad at the helm thru the fog
to Barra Atlantic's fuel and watering dock
Tad still at the helm
Cold storage for commercial fish catch
Boats at dock in North Bay
The dock was not an easy climb
to the water hose
Fortunately water was available
Leaving North Bay into dense fog
Approaching Castle Bay
We circled Kisimul Castle at Castle Bay
Boats moored and anchored at Castle Bay
Vatersay beach ahead
Cute little boat
Vatersay Bay from hill
Vatersay post office
Family fishing operation
Proudly displaying the family catch
Barbara Maurer and Bill Whitney during dinner with "Moonsong"
Joyce Lhamon, Jill Hearne, Gerry Maurer


CRUISE DAY 8
VATERSAY TO CASTLE BAY
Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday brought on the beach barbecue on the beautiful Vatersay Bay sand beach. The Clyde Cruising Club put the barbecue together and manned the serving. It was a great event,; thoroughly enjoyed by all the cruise participants and the local islanders who had all been invited to attend.

Following the barbecue, Ayla took off and headed back to Castle Bay; again through Fisherman Passage to the entry channel to Castle Bay. Luck was with them and a mooring was obtained for the night. They had a lovely dinner at the Castle Bay hotel over looking the harbor.


ROUTE VATERSAY TO CASTLE BAY


CASTLE BAY HARBOR

Jeb Embree after accident ("Kea" had hit a rock
in the fog outside the entry channel to Castle Bay)
Food for Vatersay beach barbecue
(Beef and chicken)
More food for Vatersay barbecue
(Langoustines
The cruisers arrive Vatersay Bay beach by dinghy
Lisa Lang, ______ , ______ , Trisha Schibli
Local families were invited to the barbecue
One of the barbecue serving tables
Alan Buchan, Peter Farley
Past CCA Commodores Truman Casner and Bill Whitney
Joyce Lhamon, Truman Casner, Bill Whitney
Jennifer Guinness, Lisa Lang, Larrie Somers
Rodney L. Hearne, Rodney T. Hearne, Jill Hearne
Alan Buchan, Jill Hearne, Rodney L. Hearne,
Rodney T. Hearne, Sue McNab
Tad Lhamon, Kaspar Schibli,
Alan Buchan, Jill Hearne, Rodney L. Hearne
A classic beauty
Alan & Bill acquired showers at house and cottage on hillside
overlooking Vatersay Bay


CRUISE DAY 9
CASTLE BAY TO BREACHACHA
Monday, July 26, 2010

On Munday, Ayla headed back across the Minch Or Sea of the Hebrides to the east to pass between the islands of Coll and Tiree. The passasge went well and again the wind was was favorable for the passage. .

After passing by Gunna island the route was northerly off the east coast of Coll to Breachacha Bay.

The stop at Breachacha proved to be extremely interesting. The Ayla crew visited two castles; one of Medieval time and the other from the 17b0 era were on shore. While visiting the newer of the two castles, the new owner of the castle invited the Ayla crew inside for an extensive tour of the castle and related their objectives in restoring it to its former beauty and grandeur.

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ROUTE CASTLE BAY TO BREACHACHA


BREACHACHA ANCHORAGE

The Minch was cold and gloves were needed in July
Here is Bill with wooly yellow ones
Here is Alan with his blue foamies
Bill Whitney with farm housing building
converted to vacation cottages
View of the "new" castle
View of "new"castle with Scottish
Long Horned cattle grazing nearby
Bill at the old castle, now a private home
Rebuild of castle interior
Huge bathtub with gorgeous view
Original Castle stairway
Main salon in castle
Painting of Breauchacha castles from 1700's
Original chimney pots to be repaired
Newer Breachacha Castle
Weathered signs


CRUISE DAY 10
BREACHACHA TO ULVA SOUND
Tuesday, July 27 2010

On Tuesday Ayla was directed easterly to pass between the upper and lower island groups of the Treshnish Islands.

The course was then to pass by Staffa Island and see Fingal's Cave. It was decided not to attempt a shore visit and Ayla continued to Ulva Sound at the easterly end of the channel between Ulva Island and Mull Island.

Ulva Sound proved to be a very interesting site. After anchoring, the Ayla crew went ashore to explore.

Alan and Bill soon visited Sheila's Cottage which is closeby to the Boat House pub and cafe . The cottage is now a museum with a placard history of Ulva Island and the vicinity in one room which formerly housed the family livestock. At the other end is a room with a recreation of the living area of the cottage in Sheila's time. It is impressive to see the meager furnishings shich Sheila had to furnish her home in her later years of life in the mid 1900's. It contains a mannequin of Sheila sitting in her chair by the fire.

The island of Ulva is now pretty remote with only 16 people presently living on the island. At one time there were over 600 people living on Ulva and Geometra island before the potato famines and clearances reduced the population to less than 100 in the late 1800's.

Tad and Joyce enjoyed the walking trails and visited the Parlimentary Church designed and built by Thomas Telford in 1828.


ROUTE BREACHACHA TO ULVA SOUND


ULVA SOUND ANCHORAGE

Leaving Breachacha
Bill's laptop nav program at work
Dutchman's cap of Treshnish Islands
One of few small powerboats seen
Staffa island cliffs
Staffa island
Fingal's Cave
Fingal's Cave. Note the tourists walking atop remnants
of the Giants Causeway at the cave entrance
(Click to enlarge for better view)
Staffa Island
Leaving Staffa Island
Tad & Joyce discussing cruise plans
Approaching Ulva Sound
Boats anchored in Ulva Sound
Ayla anchor crew ready to anchor
English couple at Sheila's Cottage
The Boathouse pub and cafe at Ulva


CRUISE DAY 11
ULVA SOUND TO TINKERS HOLE
Wednesday, July 28 2010

Upon leaving Ulva Sound, Ayla headed south with a stop at Bunessan. Bunessan proved to be a busy little village with a good grocery and nice small hotel with an excellent restaurant . The village benefits from heavy tourist activity as it is a jumping off spot for cruises to Iona and other spots of interest.

While at Bunessan, the Ayla crew hired a taxi to get to the nearest highway filling station where they purchased fuel for the dinghy outboard motor. The taxi driver told them some of the historical back ground of the area. He was very well versed and it was learned that he had a college PHD degree and had chosen to move to the remote area near Bunessan to get away from metropolitan population

After leaving Bunessan, Ayla continued around the western end of Mull, past the Isle of Iona where St. Columba had his famous monasteray to a well know anchorage named Tinker's Hole on the island of Erraid. It is a really well protected anchorage with cood holding on a sand bottom. The Ayla crew thought it was a wonderful single boat anchorage and were amazed when 4 additional boats joined them for the night.


ROUTE ULVA SOUND TO TINKERS HOLE


ANCHOR STOP AT BUNESSAN


TINKERS HOLE ANCHORAGE

Leaving Ulva Sound
Road from dock into Bunessan
Argyll Arms Hotel & Cafe at Bunessan
Tad belly's up to the bar
with others at the hotel
Boats anchored at Bunessan including Moonsong
Leaving Bunessan
Ferry dock at Iona
Houses at Iona
Nifty boathouse for Scotland winter
Risky anchoraing amongst rocks
One of few commercial powerboats seen on cruise
Caledonian Macbrayne is Calmac Ferries
One of the few shoreline developments seen.
Entering Tinkers' Hole
Anchored in Tinkers'; Hole looking north
Anchored in Tinkers' Hole looking south
Other boats joined us


CRUISE DAY 12
TINKERS HOLE TO SPELVE BAY
Thursday, July 29 2010

While enroute from Tinker's Hole to Spelve Bay, a stop was made by anchoring off Eileach an Naoimh island of the Garvellach island group. The island has ruins which are reputed to be the oldest Christian site in western Scotland since it pre-dates the Iona Abbey established by Columba. It was established by Irish monks in AD542. The ruins have been partially restored and are well labeled by signs. Included are ruins of two chapels and a grave believed to be that of Columba's mother, Eithene.

Upon leaving Naoimh Island, the route was made directly to Spelve Bay where The Royal Highland Yacht Club sponsored a mussel supper in conjunction with the Inverlussa Mussel Farm. It proved to be a very enjoyable and tasty event. The mussels were prepared in two different methods and there was a more than adequate supply.



ROUTE TINKERS HOLE TO SPELVE BAY


ANCHOR STOP AT EL AN NAOIMH
SOUTHERLY ISLAND OF GARELLACH ISLANDS


SPELVE BAY ANCHORAGE


Joyce Lhamon climbing to historic site
on Eileach an Naoimh
Looking back at Ayla anchored off
Eileach an Naoimh island
View of ruins area
Entry sign
Marker for nearby historic well
Water well
Marker for nearby storage cell
Tad Lhamon in storage
Corn drying kiln marker
Corn drying kiln
Marker for nearby barn ruins
Barn ruins
Medieval church plaque
Medieval church ruins
Residents quarters ruins
Stone base for cross
Possibly grave of St. Columba's mother Eithne
Unidentified tombstone possibly Eithnes'
View of area from Eithne's grave
Resident quarters ruins
Ruins apart from main group
Another boat now anchored near Ayla
also for shore visit
Continuing to Spelve Bay
Approaching Spelve Bay entrance
Entering Spelve Bay with large
mussel farms and tricky sand bars
Dock at Inverlussa Mussel Farm
Larrie Somers
Christine Taggart and Peter Worrell
Alan Buchan and Brad Willauer
Bill Whitney and Peter Worrell
Joyce Lhamon and Ann Willauer
Kareen Worrell
RHYC Mussel Supper at Inverlussa Mussel Farm at Loch Spelve
Busy dinghy dockage at the mussel party


CRUISE DAY 13
SPELVE BAY TO CRINAN CANAL
Friday, July 30 2010

This was the final day of the cruise with the final event to be a dinner at Kerrera, Oban Marina. After the mussel dinner and night, Ayla headed direct to their charter moorage at Bellanoch Marina along the Crinan Canal. The Ayla crew then obtained van transportation to Oban for the final dinner event. They returned to the Ayla for their final night on the charter vessel, having completed a wonderful cruise with their thanks to the Clyde Cruising Club and all that were involved in organizing and managing the Centenary event..


ROUTE SPELVE BAY TO CRINAN CANAL


CRINAN CANAL

Fuel dock at Crinan
Crinan boat yard building
Classic phone booth
Bill Whitney at Crinan Hotel lock entry
Heavy current in canal locks
Heavy rains had occured during the cruise.
Heavy current in canal locks
Attractive Locks crew
Classic Clyde Puffer (Para Hardy's "Vital Spark")
Bill Whitney , Jim Chambers , Nick Brown
Bev Crump, Susan Crump, Nick Brown,
Connie Garrett, Waddy Garrett
Oban Bagpipers at final gathering event
Alan, a former piper himself,
chatting with the bagpipers
Alan enjoying chat with fellow bagpipers
Final cruise night for Ayla crew
Alan, Tad, Bill & Joyce




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