27 Jul ‘Scally’ Log
Charles Stewart – RYA Instructor, Redbay Powerboating.
Résumé on trip from Redbay to Kylestrome in Scotland to deliver the new 11m Flybridge RIB “Scally”
The latest flybridge 11m “Scally” was launched on Friday 18th June for her first sea trial.
Having arrived back at midnight on Friday 18th June on Corryvreckan from Seawork’s, I met Chris and Neil at 10am on Saturday 19th. Without delay we familiarized ourselves with systems of “Scally”. Paddy McCambridge from Redbay explained and demonstrated Yamaha engine and drive leg. This was an intense training session.
At 4pm we launched “Scally” and this training session took us along the Antrim Coast to Ballycastle and Rathlin Island. The boat performed wonderfully well with a wind force of 4/5 with wind over tide on a large swell. We met Tom on Corryvreckan at Rathlin and the 2 boats travelled back to Redbay in convoy. “Scally” was driven from the flybridge which proved to be a really comfortable helm position and allowed the skipper to enjoy the spectacular views for the journey back to Redbay.
On Sunday morning (20/6/10) at 9.30am we departed from Redbay for a 2 day trip to Kylestrome. The wind was still blowing a force 4/5 from the north. We could see many white horses ahead of us on the North Channel. (I decided to follow the coast up past Torr head to Murlough the Bay before heading North East across the channel to the Mull of Kintyre and onto Gigha). Despite the rough conditions and Chris and Neill still getting a feel for the boat we still pushed on making over 20 knots. Once we reached the Mull of Kintyre the sea flattened out and we headed North up through Gigha sound and onto Crinan for coffee. (The Crinan canal basis proved to be spectacular with sun shining.) We then headed out through Dórus Mor. (I decided to get the best out of the Garmin plotter and ran up Shuna Sound and through Cuan Sound). There was a very strong tide running through the narrow Cuan Sound. We then headed for Easdale Island and viewed the slate quarries from the narrow passage between Easdale Island and the mainland. We enjoyed the spectacular scenery of the west coast on our passage into Oban Bay. Whilst in Oban Bay we viewed Oban from the water before heading to Tobermory where we moored up for coffee. (Chris went to put the kettle on to try out the new stove on “Scally” only to discover that he had left the new kettle in Redbay’s pickup!!!) After taking some photos of Tobermory village we departed at 5.25pm for the Kyle of Lochalsh. This part of the journey took us around the point of Ardnamurchan which is the most westerly point of Scotland. We arrived at the Kyle of Lochalsh at 7.15pm where we moored up along side the pontoon for the night.
The next morning we departed at 9.25am for the short trip up to Kylestrome. Sea conditions were calm and it was overcast with a light drizzle. We called into Lochinver to get Diesel only to discover that the tanker driver was off for lunch (incidentally you can only purchase diesel with cash – no cards are accepted!). With enough diesel in the tank we just headed onwards to Kylestrome.
On arrival to “Scallys” base we were greeted by Chris’s wife Lynn and staff of the Kylestrome Estate who had gathered on the bridge to watch “Scally” pass underneath Having completed a leisurely 253 miles in good company I look forward to visiting Kylestrome again in the future. (Perhaps a future cruise for the Redbay Cruising Club!).