Rose's Freewheeling Adventure
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One year on and the hair is longer, the legs are longer but the seat and helmet still fit so time to get on the road again! This time Rose will be crossing India from the Bay of Bengal to the beaches of Goa. 'India holidays bike!' says Rose so let's go!
Following on from Rose's first adventure aboard the Windrush (see below), her next trip is to cross Cambodia by bicycle!
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Up early and through the sea lock and a quick coffee in the basin cafe. We sailed across the bay to Dorus Mor which we wanted to pass through at slack water due to the rip tides and standing waves. We had intended sailing only a few miles up the coast to a marina in Loch Shuna, but we made such good speed with the spring tide behind us that we decided to push on to Oban. To get there our route took us through the Sound of Luing at full flood of the tide; as the sound narrows at the northern end the rushing tide is squeezed and twisted by the submerged rocks and gives the appearance of the sea boiling around the boat. Tricky navigation today with lots of positioning and chartwork but it was a successful and efficient passage. We pushed up our top speed with the help of the tide to a dizzy 11knots! Reaching Oban by mid afternoon, we've decided to spend a couple of nights here to stock up with supplies before heading north again. Windrush looked after us well today so we gave her a quick wash down in appreciation.
25th Jul 2010, 22:37
Kate skippered us up the coast on a beautiful morning, a broad reach and southerly light winds made for very pleasant sailing. The sea lock and canal were less intimidating after our paddle down the Trent last year and the 9 mile route was very picturesque. We passed a swimming pool a few miles into the canal so stopped for a quick dip. Rose tested her life jacket which worked brilliantly. We broke the journey across the top of the Mull of Kintyre half way and then finished the remaining 9 locks the next day arriving at Crinan on saturday afternoon. Kate did most of the hard work opening and closing the lock gates but enjoyed the exercise and being on solid ground. Tomorrow we carry on heading north and further from civilisation and the internet so you may have to be patient with blog updates.
24th Jul 2010, 18:40
Jon's memory of the 'Rules to prevent collisions at sea' were put to the test, but thankfully the tanker altered course in the end. The weather improved and provided a good southerly breeze and lots of fine views. Rose was keen to help the crew with the ropes and guided us to an idyllic bay for lunch. Tarbert is very pretty and a nice end to the day. its one of the most sheltered harbours in NW Scotland and we all turned in early hoping for a good nights sleep. Rose gave a big smile for Molly before she dropped off.x
22nd Jul 2010, 23:21
We had a very calm arrival with almost no wind; Jon checked this with the latest anomometer! The rest of the day and night were anything but calm, with Windrush rolling and pitching like a sadistic fairground ride. Rose slept soundly but she was the only one. it was a relief to get up at dawn and sail out into driving rain!!
22nd Jul 2010, 22:20
We spent the night moored at Lamlash and toasted the day's sailing with some sea-chilled champagne. Rose spent the evening hanging around on deck.
Wednesday has been very wet with no wind, so we motored round to Broddick and come ashore for some supplies. Thanks to everyone leaving us comments on the blog, we're really enjoying reading them!
21st Jul 2010, 15:40
Our first sail on the sea was great and the weather kind. We had a calm sea and a light (sometimes very light) SW breeze. Crossed the 13 Nm with a top speed of 4.5 kts, gannets plunging into the sea and porpoises swimming alongside.
21st Jul 2010, 15:19
It was good to finally get away and as we left Troon harbour two seals popped up alongside to wish us bon voyage.
21st Jul 2010, 12:25
We may not have set sail yet but the evening skies are getting us into the holiday mood.
19th Jul 2010, 22:26