Cruise in Company - Sunday 27 September 2020
With the penultimate C in C having been cancelled two weeks ago for an excess of wind, the final C in C looked like it was going to be disappointing for a lack of wind, which all the forecast sites agreed was going to be 'light airs' dying away to nothing. Other than that, the forecast promised a bright and sunny day.
Being the final event of the year we were delighted to see a sizeable group gathering on the patio and, as this event was essentially going to be a social event (not forgetting social distancing) we had decided to head to Aberdour, where we could all get a chance to mingle and have a blether.
Nothing daunted, the fleet (consisting of 9 boats) sallied forth expecting to motor but, much to our delight, we enjoyed a decent sail to Aberdour in a light 6 to 9 kts of breeze, from the north west. Dodging the usual Sunday morning shipping (I now believe that they are stalking us) we all made it to the beautiful Aberdour harbour in good order and tied up alongside.
Dick Drummond from the Aberdour Boat Club was there to greet us and offer us the facilities of the clubhouse, which is always very much appreciated. Under the Covid circumstances prevailing however, the group tried mostly to keep to ourselves. By this time the day had turned very pleasant and the group enjoyed the social occasion amidst the beautiful surroundings of Aberdour harbour.
The boats supporting this event were Amy K, Bonnie, Hoodlum, Idothea, Mirene, Moon White, Robbie, Solveig and Tidecatcher. Mention must be made of Gordon Robb's new purchase, a Westerley Centaur in remarkably good condition, which he only took possession of two days ago.
Having spent a most enjoyable couple of hours on the pier the group gathered for a photo before heading back to the boats to depart. As per the forecast, the wind had died completely over lunchtime but, almost unbelievably, no sooner had we left the harbour to head home than a breeze set in from the south east which gave us all a cracking sail, close hauled, back to Granton.
So ends another season, which has been full of challenges of various kinds for us all, but I'm sure we are all grateful to have managed at least some sailing this summer. This final event of the year turned out to be one of the best ever and I'm sure that we all hope that next season will be an improvement on this one; which (pray God) surely it must be!
Last updated 08:28 on 20 August 2021