27 Oct Oban Cruise
We recently organised a day out to Oban to celebrate the 10 year birthday of the Stormforce 11 cabin RIB. In total we gathered together nine 11metre boats including Corryvreckan, Molly James, Power of Scotland, Dragon’s Eye , Ironbark, Jenny Wren, Venture West, Ranmore, and Shannick.
The day kicked off with Molly James and Corryvreckan departing Redbay at 9.30a.m. The Forecast was southwest 5/6, cruising at 30 knots we made good time and closed on Gigha very quickly. However just North of Gigha Molly James developed a minor water pump leak on the starboard engine. Looking for shelter from the 2 mtr swell the two boats put into the McCormick Isles to assess the problem, on assessment is was discovered that a seal had gone and the decision was made to moor Molly James at Sandy Campbell’s slipway in Loch Sween. This took time a bit of time and now running an hour behind schedule only.
Corryvreckan with 11 persons on board we headed directly for Tobermory via Easdale where we had a light lunch. Arriving at Tobermory we were met by the other 11 metre boats which had left Oban an hour earlier. After a bit of banter and a few light refreshments including Egon Ronay fish and chips from the van for some we headed back down the Sound of Mull.
We left Tobermory via Ulva island inlet (the tide was right!!).
As we made way Sandy Campbell on board his boat Venture West played the bagpipes, quite a challenge at 30 knots. On arrival in Oban some boats picked up mooring cans in the bay and the rest tied up on the North pier alongside the commercial fishing boats. After checking in and a quick wash it was time to hit the town.
Cuan Mor was the venue for the evening entertainment where 35 of us had a very pleasant evening. Departing Oban next morning at 9.30a.m. Corryvreckan arrived back in Redbay at 12.55p.m, Molly James was retrieved five days later on another trip to Scotland. It was great to see nine boats altogether and I am very grateful to the commercial guys for taking time from there busy schedules to attend.
Personally it was very nice to get a chance to step back aboard my old Corryvreckan now called Dargon’s Eye and it was particularly gratifying to see that Douglas Dundonald is looking after her very well.
Dragon’s Eye and Power of Scotland are now both more than ten years old, both are still looking great and going strong.
I would like to thank everyone who turned up and made the trip so successful and enjoyable.
Thanks to Cameron and Struan Smith for supplying the photos above.
The link below has more photos courtesy of Douglas and Michael on ‘Dragon’s Eye’