For now just a selection of photos will suffice to give a taste of what John O called an 8/10 cruise, which is high praise. Not all plain sailing; fast pasages, mainly with the wind and some tricky tidal calculations to avoid the tidal maelstroms that are a feature of the islands. And a fair degree of sunshine. Many islands conquered, including the seldom visited Eynhallow and tiny Auskerry, and many brochs and cairns and castles explored.
And all returned safely: Twister, Mollymawk, Goldseeker and Hestur.
Participants: John, Heather, Karen, Adrian, Shona and Finn (Twister); Paul, Seumas, Kate (Mollymawk); Scott, Robyn (Goldseeker) and a bunch of hungry-looking pirates on a blue schooner by the name of Hestur (Dan, Ash, John and Charlotte).
|With rain forecast Twister wishes she also had a couple of nice umbrellas|
|Goldseeker, the fleet's mothership, powers up with the day's beer supplies|
|Two Vegas having a little quality time. Bless...|
|Mollymawk creeps up on an unsuspecting Twister|
|The Hon Sec strides on, oblivious to the fact Mollymawk is dragging|
towards Iceland (not true)
|John checks out the design of Finn's new kennel. Finn is impressed|
|Paul's manually operated wind vane self steering gear: called Seumas|
|We've found a big one. Actually the biggest in Orkney|
|Another day another church, this time on... what was its name?|
|Seumas, Paul and Kate watching the camera|
seconds before running aground (not true)