Speedwell of Rhu Ship's Log

1 st to 2 nd of August 2010 - The Western Isles: North Uist

Crew : Helen and Andy
Destinations : Loch Maddy.
Distance : 28 miles

We left Scalpay North Harbour around 1100 and sailed along the coast with the wind on our starboard side and a comfortable Force 3. We headed out on a direct course for Loch Maddy on North Uist, whilst following the course of another small boat which managed to go faster closer to the coast. They left us as we entered Loch Maddy.

We managed to fly the cruising chute for the first time, but as we approached The Sound of Harris the wind came round to less than 60 degrees off our bow and increased, so we put the white sail back up and made 7 knots crossing the entrance to the sound.

We headed between the two rocks which apparently look like dogs, hence the name Loch Maddy ( work that out yourselves). Any way whatever way we looked we couldn't see any dogs.

We picked up a buoy opposite the ferry terminal just before a ferry turned up which we enjoyed watching, although it was rather noisy. Fortunately they only arrive once a day.

The next day we got the post bus to the west coast. We had a lovely walk in an RSPB reserve along the coast, through the machair, which is land made of sand dunes and covered in wild flowers, full of birds and insects.

Out to sea The Monach Isles were visible nearby and on the horizon we could see St Kilda and Boreray. This may be the closest we get to St Kilda this year. On the way back we flagged down the post bus and had a long trip back as we delivered the post down various tracks and driveways. This part of the island is more than 50 per cent water so it took a while.


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