Friday, 1 June 2012

A little sail out the north mouth

I was up early today and excited for a sail with my friend and his dog. We weren't sure exactly where we were going , but we were going sailing!


When I arrived in town to wait from him to sail over and pick me up - no point paying for a ferry when your mate has a boat across the sound- I was wondering why the town was so busy. I didn't have to look hard to find out why, the Aida cruise ship was in. Atleast it meant I could listen to a little live fiddle music on the pier while I waited.

After a while I saw him heading out from Bressay and nipped across to the small boat harbour to wait for him, watching the terns while I did so...




With a stiff force 4/5 breeze heading down the sound along with the tide it was taking a while...



 Eventually he furled the sails and just motored in. The Aida is a little bigger than Shayla (far right)...
 


After a brief stop in town we were off zig zagging our way up out of the north mouth on route to we didn't know where yet. With sails reefed and going against the tide it was going to take a while to clear the mouth. Teddy the dog was happy on board, atleast while the going was relatively smooth...


Bye bye Lerwick...


We took a little detour into the shelter near Shetland Catch to take a peep at this Icelandic Gull. Yeh, I know, it's a white bird with a black spot on it's beak, but it's not common.


The pilot boat passed us on our way out to got out to the Fugro Symphony and it made a damn site more wake than the Symphony did when it passed us...


Ted was still enjoying the view at this point. He can be a monkey for clearing off over the hill on a walk, but call 'ready about' and he moves over across the deck ready for a tack!


After some discussion we decided to go up the mainland coast towards Nesting and leave Bressay behind. Bye bye Bressay...


Out on more open waters it was getting a bit bouncy at times and Teddy lay down in the foot well with his head on his paws, but as soon as we hit a smoother run he was up again on the look out.


The wind and sea was building and there was the odd squally shower, so we decided just to head into Dales Voe and avoid the chop in the open sea. I hadn't realised what an impressive headland Kebister Ness was until I saw it from the sea. I'll have to have a wander round it some time.



Entering Dales Voe...


After heading a way into Dales Voe we felt we'd had enough and turned about to have a smoother and more direct downwind run home. Instead of going to Lerwick we put in at Bressay marina and caught the ferry across to town- it's free in that direction!


We had a bit of a chat about doing an two day sail sometime in preparation for something much longer, but wondered how Teddy would manage with out some grass to answer the call of nature. We couldn't leave him as he's part of the gang. 


Mmm..  Sea Sick Ted wasn't so sure about our plans...


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