Sunday, 3 March 2013

A short sail to South Nesting and a spot of geocaching...

Yesterday was a laid back day with pottering about the house and taking Earl to the beach and Berry hill for a run. This morning I met up with my friend down at Gremista Marina first thing this morning to go out for a little sail on Märta before the wind picked up later in the day. The plan was just to head north out of Bressay Sound up towards South Nesting. We didn't have too long as I had to get back for my roast chicken dinner and anyway the weather was forecast to pick up in the afternoon.

Heading down wind and with the last bit of tide in our favour we were making around 5.5kts over the ground, much better than our last trip out...



It was a cold but pretty morning. Here's the view back over Bressay and Noss...



There was a fair bit of bird life about with long-tail ducks, eiders, black guillemots and some divers I didn't recognise. Here's a shag we happened to disturb...




Another view back over Bressay...




As we headed north the wind was rising with the odd spot of rain so we put in the first reef and carried on enjoying the feeling of sailing in a good wind.

We passed Kebister Ness and then Hawks Ness heading for the entrance to Cat Firth and Wadbister Voe. As we got near the entrance we decided we'd better turn round if I was going to get back in time for my Sunday dinner!

Hawks Ness...


Looking over towards the Gletness area of South Nesting...


On our way back the wind had definitely risen with a probable force 5 coming down the voes. Most 'sailing tips' say if you wonder if you should put another reef in you probably should have done so already, but we held off thinking that once we'd passed Dales Voe we'd be in a  bit of a lee and it worked out fine.

Returning towards Bressay...


Here's a rough plot of our trip. About 9 nm with a top speed over the ground of 5.5kts and most of it around 4.5 kts. Not a bad couple of hours sail and reefing practise. For future trips we've  decided to remove the inner fore-stay (for the stay-sail)  as it's just a pain with the head-sail getting stuck nearly every time we tack and the stay sail we have doesn't seem to fit properly anyway. 


Back home after dinner and a swift hair cut for the pair of us Beren and I went out for a spot of local geocaching. The first one down the Tingwall Valley appeared to have gone, unless we really just couldn't find it. so we headed off to the golf course in Dales Voe for one down there we've not visited before.



The geocache is near this old croft. It's got a pretty interesting porch!


There was an old nest up in the roof on top of an old rudder...


Ha haa!


 Beren with his RNLI guy (on the wall)he got from the geocache in return for a little soldier he left...



It was funny looking out over Dales Voe where only a couple of hours earlier I'd been sailing past...



On the way back Beren enjoyed balancing along the numerous old telegraph poles, blindfolded too!


A pretty busy day; we should sleep well tonight!


2 comments:

  1. Not a real daffodil so early in Spring, surely?
    He's pretty cute - love the dimples.
    And I spy a dog in one of those shots and it isn't Earl!
    When you put your feet in the water on the beach - are you standing on rocks or shells or sand or sludge?
    And what about in the voes?

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    1. hehehe no a Marie Curie cancer daffodil thing that he got for putting money in a box for them! We do have some crocuses out though. A guy was there abouts with a couple of terriers looking amused at us looking for the geocache,, Earl was snoozing at home.
      That voe is silty/muddy/sludgey but they are all different. There are some fantastic shelly beaches, beaches with lots of white mica, shingle beaches and rocky ones too!

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