Thursday 16 rainy day so an easy time ashore at Port Edgar looking around historic South Queens-ferry under the bridges. Pub lunch and a visit to a museum. Lovely place with ancient organic architecture running down to the Forth under the huge bridges
Friday 17 Port Edgar to Anstruther via Inchcombe Island 30 miles 7 hours.
Early start, good visability calm sea edging the northern shipping lane, easing past some basking seals into a lovely anchorage at Inchcolme island just under shore of ruined abbey. Breakfast with dramatic views across to Edinburgh.
Then a wonderful long sail all the way along the Fife coast past the numerous harbours, villages to Anstruther. Mooring against the wall, this time drying out.
Beautiful small town in 2 parts ancient and more recent harbour. Fish supper at the famous award winning fish restaurant.
Saturday 18 Anstruther to Isle of May to Inner Farne; 54 miles 11 hours, an endurance day
Late start, till afloat again. Short journey on a brief northerly to the Isle of May, a good place for a longer visit another time. Wind rapidly turned to southerly just off the nose, predicted stronger for the following day. Conscious decision to try to get back to the Farnes so as to make Sunday’s sail shorter. Sea big rolling in from the northeast. A long tiring day with deteriorating weather. Difficult making passage. Farnes most welcome tricky identifying safe buoyage because of the sea conditions. The Kettle mooring a refuge from moving all the time. Wonderful light and vistas. By 4 am tide full and the calm of our moorings a seething cauldron with a strong westerly and flying foam, moorings secure allowing a fitful sleep.
Sunday 19 Farnes to Blyth 32 miles, 8 and half hours.
Sea and gathering wind on the nose making for slow and painful passage, motor sailing and lots of tacking as without sail power speed down to 2 knots.
Slowly steadily ground covered, quickest closer in shore.
Home to Blyth eventually