Islay - Oronsay - Colonsay - Jura - part 4

Waking early, a chill wind pushed out of Loch Tarbet and breakfast was a hurried affair as we loaded the boats for the last time...
...launching on schedule at 7am. Crossing the wide mouth of the loch we cut directly across the sound to pick up the south going stream.
Here the breeze died to nothing and we slipped silently down the sound, soon passing Rhuvaal, the light on the north east corner of Islay.
With little warning, the wind rushed up the sound, quickly turning into a boisterous F4 that pushed against the swift tide carrying us south. Yet despite the head wind, we cut through the last of the boiling eddies to land at Port Askaig at 8.45am - an average speed of nearly 10km/hr - a clear indication of the strength of the tides here as it was only in the last 9km, once into the sound, that we really picked up any assistance.
It seemed peculiar to finish the day's paddle so early in the morning, and having paddled 17km already, I couldn't help wonder at the distance we could have covered with another day in hand.
Still, a second breakfast, courtesy of CalMac was calling...

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Ian said…
Superb report and images Will, another for my "must do" list!

Kind Regards