South for Winter

Into October and now it was just a case of finding a happy weather window in which to head south to our new winter home near Oban. Or so we thought…..

A phone call from the BBC galvanised us into one last trip, this one to act as a filming platform for Countryfile! We said yes of course, even though it was to be that first Friday when the weather was looking good to head south…

After some filming on the beach at Kyleakin, the camera crew and Director sped round to Kyle and joined us onboard. We sailed out into the channel and stopped below Maol Castle to start to try and film Matt Baker and Kevin Williams of Skayak Adventures who were already afloat. They decided they needed to get closer so while Mary took the helm and kept Red Moon safely out of the way of other traffic, Scott took the crew onboard Silver Cloud to get some close ups.

Very luckily for the kayakers they got a close up sighting of an otter while exploring around the rocks…

It was all over pretty quickly and once we had returned to Kyle and re organised Red Moon we departed the Pontoons for our journey south.

We spent the night just inside Loch Nevis and departed in the early hours with the promise of a light northerly and a following sea….This never quite materialised so we had a rather lumpy rounding of Ardnamurchan Point, but once safely round, things smoother out and we had a lovely sail all the way to Dunstaffnage Marina – home for the winter.