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Friday, 26 June 2015

On Passage from Scotland to the Faroe's

The tide was favourable from 11am so we left our dock at about 10:15 with a very light north easterly at Lochinver and we motored for the first couple of hours until the breeze filled in and clocked to the ENE. Up went the sails and the fast glide north began at a steady 7 knots. The forecast was for the wind to clock further to the east so we set a course to the north leaving us plenty of room, we hope, to ease the sheets as we near Suderoy.

We could still see the distant smudge of Cape Wrath when North Rona came up on our beam and the occasional tanker rounded the Cape behind us. Then there were only dolphins and the long twilight that passes for night at mid summer. As I write at 04:30 the sun is up and we have a hundred miles to go to Suderoy. Sally and Michael have escaped sea sickness and have both stood long watches but are now sound asleep. We are close hauled but sailing comfortably north in slight seas at a steady 6 knots. We are almost within touching distance of the Faroe's and should have a week there to explore them before we fly home a week tomorrow.