Cruise in Company - Sunday 30 August 2020
This turned out to be another enjoyable event when the predicted forecast (no wind) proved to be wrong!
The original plan had been to head upriver with the incoming tide to a 'new' anchorage (the location of which will remain secret meantime) but the forecast of a dying breeze led to a change of plan and we decided instead to stay more local and to head across the 'Forth to Barnhill Bay. This bay, which lies just to the east of Mossmorran terminal and has lovely views of Aberdour Golf Course, dries at LW but is a perfect spot on a rising tide.
Once again, the fleet was hampered on its crossing of the 'Forth by a gas tanker making its way up the deep-water channel. I'm sure these ships hide in the lee of Inchkeith Island and wait till they see us coming before charging up the 'Forth at full speed! It certainly makes the day more exciting though!
This event was again well supported, and we were delighted to welcome for the first time new members David Harper (Illusion) and David Holdsworth (Grey Dove), and their respective crews. Other boats joining the event were: Cockenzie Lass, Hoodlum, Myrene, Solveig and Tidecatcher. Gordon Robb (Georgia Moon) joined us for the sail to Barnhill but couldn't linger.
Special mention must be made of Twinkle (no, that's not the owners name..it's Lorne Byatt) who made it single handed all the way across (and back again) in his 3m wooden dinghy. Now there's courage for you !! Not only a trial of seamanship, but a trial of bladder capacity as well !
Another new member (last year), Ewan Taylor, was sailing his new acquisition the yawl Cockenzie Lass, and he was joined on the day by our Commodore Charles Morton. Ewan is very keen and has done remarkably well in the short time he has been a member of RFYC.
As is normal when the conditions permit, boats rafted up for lunch and it allowed crews to exchange banter (social distancing observed) over a coffee and a sandwich.
As we weighed anchors, some of the fleet beat westwards, up Mortimer's Deep, to emerge at the west end of Inchcolm Island, where we then swung east to, in the failing breeze but with the tide in our favour, head back to Granton.
Another beautiful day for being on the water and for sharing a most enjoyable experience with friends and members of RFYC.
The next and penultimate C in C in this year's programme is planned for 2 weeks' time, Sunday 13 September.
Last updated 13:22 on 28 September 2020