Hiltgund 2006

September

Two weekend cruises south towards Craighouse - Jura.
15-17 September & 22-24 September

Crew aboard:
Chris Perring, Anthony Dickson & Christian Shaw - Cruising in company with Andrew Whitfield aboard Sarabanda, & Tim Wright & Ann MacNeill.

Photos by Chris Perring

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15-17 September.

One of those classic September weekends - Saturday was sunny with a good breeze - one of the crew even went swimming when we anchored for the evening in Carsaig Bay. We sat out having drinks in the cockpit before going ashore for dinner at the Tayvallich Inn, which was an invigorating stroll away on the other side of the penisula. Sunday morning was, by contrast dismally wet so we consoled ourselves with a full cooked breakfast and motored back to Ardfern in the rain. By the evening, the sun was out again! (Perhaps a strange precursor to the
next weekend.)

Sarabanda at anchor in Carsaig Bay near Tayvallich.

Hiltgund 2006 - Ant Dickson warming up down below after his inevitable swim.

Sarabanda preparing to welcome Hiltgund's crew for drinks before we head off to the Tayvallich Inn for dinner.

Christian Shaw enjoys the evening sunshine on deck.

Christian Shaw enjoys the evening sunshine on deck.

Back at Ardfern and some pictures which show new gear recently installed and used for the first time this weekend. Auto-helm, which takes the boredom out of steering especially in pouring rain or flat calm under engine, discreetly attached to the wheel, and an electric anchor windlass to put an end to ceaseless moaning from some of the crew. Both tried out and performed well this weekend.

   

22-24 September.

Another classic September weekend - Saturday was sunny with a good breeze - we had a great sail down to Craighouse on Jura - setting for the Jura Music Festival that weekend! Dined aboard and then went ashore to see what was happening. Back on board aroound midnight. Lively night with squally breezes and lumpy swell coming into anchorage - several yachts dragged that night but happily we were not one of them!

Sunday morning was, by contrast dismally wet so we consoled ourselves with a hearty cooked breakfast and motor-sailed back to Ardfern in the rain with the hi-fi going full blast to keep spirits up. By the evening, the sun was out again - rather like the previous weekend!

Hiltgund 2006 - Ann & Tim at the helm

Ann & Tim enjoy tea aboard before going for a reconnaissance ashore. Distillery and Jura Hotel in the background above and below left - view north west from anchorage on right showing Paps of Jura..

Heading back in the rain - was it Abba playing on the hi-fi?


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