ISLAND GIRL SKYE CIRCUMNAVIGATION JUNE 2018


A precis log of the voyage.


Personal Note log reads 20 percent down by comparison with GPS.


Monday 4 June 2018
Geoff and I left early doors from Liverpool and travelled to Portavadie where we overnighted
on Kirribilli (Contessa 32) .

The Canal Adventure

The start of the Saga


David Whitby conceived the idea of arranging a canal cruise for old salt water sailors. We
all thought it would be a complete walk in the park – 4 knots and steer down the middle.
Forget it. To accomplish the Warwickshire Ring – comprising of the Grand Union,
Birmingham and Fazely, Coventry and the Oxford canals., 102 miles long and 97 gruelling
locks, in one week was a big ask, an intensive delivery trip involving miles of walking,
relentlessly and remorselessly working lock paddles with a handle known as a windlass.
We didn't know any of this to start with. Yacht cruising is a walk in the park by comparison.
Doing the ring is a two week job. We accomplished it in one. Most were out of their comfort
zone.

Three Costas on Hobo

1

Hobo heads south

Outward bound

The sales of Mediterranean Spain had been going so well that I found myself obliged to re-visit that
long and multi-faceted coast in order to make the next edition not just a reprint. My previous
recconaisance had been by car due to lack of use and the subsequent failure of my Westerly
Corsair Hobo to proceed. This had been fun but I felt that a little poking about in the Calas (coves)
of the Costa Brava would add lustre to the tome. Also because I had intimated that I would be
exploring by boat a significant sum had been added to my emoluments, too good to waste!