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Hiltgund near Skye.  Click the picture to see more photos from this cruise.

HILTGUND DIARY 2007

Hiltgund at 8 Metre World Championships in 2007 - click this picture to see more of this event.

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What gear should I bring?

  Location Event Crew booked  
May        
         
1-4 (Tue-Fri) Crinan      
5-7 (Sat-Mon - Bank Hol) Crinan      
8-11 (Tue-Fri) Crinan      
12-13 (Sat-Sun) Crinan       
14-18 (Mon-Fri) Crinan-Ardfern Launched - Wednesday 16th    
19-20 (Sat-Sun) Ardfern      
21-24 (Mon-Thurs) Ardfern (Scottish Series - 23.05-28.05)    
25-28 (Fri-Mon - Bank Hol) Ardfern (Scottish Series - 23.05-28.05)    
29-1 (Tue-Fri) Ardfern       
June        
2-3 (Sat-Sun) Ardfern (CCYC Classic & Wooden
Boat Muster - 2.06-3.06)
CP & Christian S  
4-8 (Mon-Fri) Ardfern      
9-10 (Sat-Sun) Ardfern   CP away  
11-15 (Mon-Fri) Ardfern      
16-17 (Sat-Sun) Ardfern   CP in South  
18-22 (Mon-Fri) Ardfern      
23-24 (Sat-Sun) Ardfern   CP in South  
25-28 (Mon-Thur) Ardfern      
29-1 (Fri-Sun) Cruise in Ardfern area  

CP & CSh & ASh + 1

July        
2-6 (Mon-Fri) Ardfern      
7-8 (Sat-Sun) Ardfern   CP & Ant D  
9-13 (Mon-Fri) Ardfern-Clyde??  

CP, Becka A (from 11/07/07, pm) & EV

14 Sat to Clyde (probably via Crinan Canal)

(CCYC Loch Drumbuie Muster )

CP, Becka A & EV & AW  
15 Sun

8 Metre World Championship - Rhu

Arriving Rhu area

? Watching Practice Races
CP, Becka A & EV & AW & GS + Elly Veitch, Felicity Hoare, Rufus & Reet Gilday, Giles Sibun.....

please let me know which day(s) you would like to be on board
16 Mon 8 Metre World Championship - Rhu Watching Racing CP & EV, GS & FH, R&R G
17 Tue 8 Metre World Championship - Rhu Watching Racing CP & EV, GS & FH, R&R G
18 Wed 8 Metre World Championship - Rhu Watching Racing CP & Robinsons & FH, R&R G, D & C Palm
19 Thurs 8 Metre World Championship - Rhu No Racing - Lay Day

CP & Hardings & Jamiesons

20 Fri 8 Metre World Championship - Rhu Watching Racing CP & FH, R&R G, AW & AR
21 Sat 8 Metre World Championship - Rhu Watching Racing CP & David & Anna Y & Gilly B, FH, R&R G & CSh
22 Sun Clyde-Ardfern   CP & CSh & TR  
23-26 (Mon-Thurs) Clyde-Ardfern (Crinan Classic Boat Festival 25.07-28.07) CP & CSh & TR  
27-29 (Fri-Sun) Ardfern (Crinan Classic Boat Festival 25.07-28.07)
(West Highland Week - 27.07-03.08)
CP in Cumbria  
30-2 (Mon-Thurs) Ardfern (West Highland Week 27.07-03.08) CP in Cumbria  
August        
3-5 (Fri-Sun) Ardfern   CP in Cumbria  
6-9 (Mon-Thurs) Ardfern      
10-12 (Fri-Sun) Ardfern   CP & CSh & ??  
13-16 (Mon-Thurs) Ardfern      
17 (Friday) Ardfern   CP & Cameron/Gray family  
18-19 (Sat-Sun) Ardfern    CP & ASt+MD & JB  
20-23 (Mon-Thurs) Ardfern      

24-27 (Fri-Mon - Bank Hol)

Ardfern Round Shuna Race CP & ASh & JJ & AW  
28-30 (Tue-Thurs) Ardfern      
September        
31-2 (Fri-Sun) Ardfern    CP & JB & JD  
7-9 (Fri-Sun) Ardfern   CP & JB & JdeV   
14-16 (Fri-Sun) Ardfern (CCYC Closing Muster - Kames Hotel - Kyle of Bute - 15-16) CP in South  
21-23 (Fri-Sun) Ardfern   CP in South  
28-30 (Fri-Sun) Ardfern      
October        
5-7 (Fri-Sun)     CP in South  
11-15 (Thurs- Mon) Ardfern      
19-21 (Fri-Sun) Ardfern-Craobh-Ardfern      
22-25 (Mon-Thurs) Ardfern-Crinan To Crinan for laying up 22nd    
26-28 (Fri-Sun) Crinan      
       

updated 14/09/07

IF YOU ARE COMING ON HILTGUND, PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY!

Gear - what you will need.

I can't remember a cruise on the West Coast which hasn't included some rain, so full waterproofs are almost certainly going to be needed. I have two spare pairs of trousers (not terribly water proof, but pretty wind proof) and two spare jackets on board. These are all quite large as they all fit me, but would probably be better than nothing even if you are a bit swamped in them. Please let me know if you wish to make use of any of these - first come first served. Please also bring warm clothing as it can still be pretty cold out on the water up here even in July and August!

Footwear: Deckshoes/trainers which will not mark the decks are essential (ideally a couple of pairs) and yachty type wellies which again won't mark are useful for going ashore in the dinghy and keeping warm if the weather is very wet or filthy etc. It's also a good idea to bring some reasonably robust outdoor shoes for going for strolls ashore.

If you are staying on board, please also bring a
sleeping bag and a towel - I tend to bring a large bathsheet type towel as the bunks have plastic covers and it's more comfortable to have something reasonably large and fluffy under you to sleep on as well as having a towel to use as a towel! (I have one spare sleeping bag and can bring towels if needed - let me know if you would like me to bring any of these for you.) If you bring a couple of pillow cases, I will let you use one of the saloon cushions as a pillow.

We probably won't be eating at anywhere very smart ashore, so probably no need for jacket and tie unless I've warned you otherwise (however, I do tend to take a rather tatty blazer and grubby old tie and clean chinos just in case - I could bring an extra even tattier blazer). Certainly bring enough clothes to have something vaguely respectable when we do go ashore for a meal.

If you are on board for more than a day, I'd have thought a minimum of two complete sets of mucky clothes for sailing (in case we get wet - not improbable!) and a selection of stuff that's a bit smarter for dining ashore.

Having said all that, please try to limit yourself to one moderate sized piece of luggage each, and ideally one which can be squashed about a bit as with 3 or 4 on board, space for gear can be pretty limited. You can see what it's like down below on board here (click the link).

Plans of a 50 Square adapted to show roughly what Hiltgund is like.


Provisions

I generally provision the boat fully with food, beer, gin, wine & whisky, so don't worry about bringing anything like this with you (I will usually invite you to contribute to the cost of what we use). If you have particular food or drink essentials or absolute detestations, please let me know. We usually have egg & bacon or cereal/porridge or toast type breakfasts, ham & cheese sandwich and/or soup type lunches, and supper is usually 3 courses including pasta or chops or something similar (occasionally steaks and even roast beef if I'm feeling enthusiastic and the crew has the patience to wait while I do the meat and the potatoes in relays!) if we are not ashore. There will also be coffee (proper & instant), tea & chocolate, fruit juice and fresh fruit and plenty of Mars Bars, Coke etc available.

Links: Lunching down below - Gin & tonic time - Dining on deck - Evening in the saloon


Etc

There is a CD player which an Ipod can be plugged into so feel free to bring some CDs or an Ipod so there is some music that you like on board. (Not that I promise to let you play it of course!)

I have enough Crewsaver-type inflatable lifejackets for up to 7 people (2 Hammar and 5 tug to inflate). Four of these have webbing type lifelines that can be attached and there are several old-fashioned harnesses with lifelines as well.


Accuweather have a site which tends to give a reasonable forecast (http://ukie.accuweather.com/adcbin/ukie/index.asp). Type Oban or Largs into the box to get a 15 day forecast (which obviously gets less accurate the further into the future it tries to predict). For more immediate forecasts, the Met Office Inshore Waters Forecast is pretty reliable: (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/marine/inshore_forecast.html) and the BBC offers Atlantic Synoptic Charts for the next five days (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast/pressure/)

updated May 2007

         

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Hiltgund
History and photos of restoration

MORE PICTURES ADDED JUNE 2006

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Hiltgund

Weekend cruise from Ardfern

August 2007

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Hiltgund
Spectator platform and ABY Fleet Tender at

The 8 Metre World Championships

July 2007

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Hiltgund
Weekend cruises from Ardfern to
Crinan & Loch Melfort & Craobh Haven
October 2006

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Hiltgund
Weekend cruises from Ardfern towards Jura
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Carsaig Bay and Craighouse
September 2006

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Hiltgund
July cruise between Islay and Canna
July 2006

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Hiltgund
RTYC Muster at Crinan

and short cruise to Ardfern
June 2006

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Hiltgund
Return passage through Crinan Canal
September 2005

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Watch this space - lots of pictures of Hiltgund's July 2005 cruise might be posted one day...

Cuan Sound at springs - rather quick!!  Click the picture then hit key F11 to see full size image.

Hiltgund
around Craobh
and back to the Clyde
late Summer 2004

Round Shuna Race 2004

MORE PICTURES ADDED - 30/11/05

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Hiltgund
to Skye
Summer 2004

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Hiltgund
on and off the Clyde
Spring 2004

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Hiltgund
Ardfern - Inverkip
September 2003

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Hiltgund
around Dunstaffnage
July-August 2003

Round Shuna Race 2003

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Hiltgund
Sibuns in the Small Isles
July 2003

Hiltgund
from Inverkip to Dunstaffnage
June-July 2003

(new pictures added 03/11/04)

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Hiltgund
Fife Regatta - Firth of Clyde
June 2003

Hiltgund
Cruise to Loch Sunart
July 2002

Hiltgund
Early 2002

Hiltgund
West Coast of Scotland
2001 Season

Hiltgund
Passage from
Aldeburgh to Craobh Haven
May 2001

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Hiltgund
Passage from
Aldeburgh to Craobh Haven

Roger's Journal
May 2001

Hiltgund
History and photos of restoration

MORE PICTURES ADDED JUNE 2006

 Historic photos of boats similar to Hiltgund can be found here. (http://www.takel-ing.de/pageID_4729753.html)

And more photos of, and information about, 50 square metre yachts can be found here. (http://www.takel-ing.de/pageID_2217725.html)

Hiltgund
West Coast Cruises Map

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