David Fairhall joined Tony and Peter for a few days commissioning cruise, first to Tobermory in a brisk southwesterly up the Sound of Mull. This was after negotiating the interestingly shallow, narrow and winding exit from Loch Feochan (reminiscent of the east coast rivers of Suffolk and Essex where we used to be based.) We were retracing our steps from last year, when we went from Oban up past Ardnamurchan to Rhum, Arisaig and Loch Moidart among other places.
The Sound of Mull has interesting wind shifts – the pilot book says it is perfectly possible for it to blow in opposite directions in the north and south of the sound at the same time.
Passage notes: 28 miles, 5 hours, max SSW 5, min SSW 4, pontoons expensive in Tobermory. The budget option is anchoring off or a buoy.