Report from Tom Wilson
A successful and eventful cruise to Port Laing and Port Edgar. The four boats (Aziana, Hoodlum, Shuvler & Solveig) that headed for Port Laing had a pretty exciting sail in winds that never really dropped below 25 knots and were up to 40 at times. We all arrived at Port Laing soon after 1300hrs and within about ten minutes of each other. Shuvler being the first to arrive having overtaken the rest on the way! Port Laing was well sheltered, although one or two gusts found their way over the hill. Certainly it would seem to be a safe enough spot in anything from SW round to N.
After lunch, Hoodlum headed back to Granton and the three remaining boats headed to PE against a strong tide under the bridges and a wind still reaching 30 knots at times. Unfortunately Shuvler was found to have a small tear in her jib so was forced to reduce sail so that the tear was rolled away, this meant that she was second boat to arrive at PE. We all had a bit of fun coming alongside (I can say fun because it wisnae my boat I was on) because of the strong wind and the fact that we were berthing on the windward side of the pontoons. After a few beers in the sunshine we headed into South Queensferry and had an excellent meal at the Queen’s Spice Indian restaurant.
Sunday we set off about 1130hrs and anchored at Inchcolm for lunch. Neil & Stuart on Solveig were good enough to lend Shuvler their spare jib for the sail back. Unfortunaly it is a slightly smaller sail so Aziana was first to arrive at Inchcolm. After lunch we set off back to Granton on a broad reach in warm sunshine. Shuvler under job alone as we were too lazy to hoist the main. However the others did set their mains, with the result that we were passed before reaching Granton. Please not that at no time were we racing each other!!!!!!!!!
All in all a great weekend and David now has a list of jobs he needs to do on Shuvler to make it go faster and easier to sail singlehanded.
Photos in gallery below – sorry about the quality, I only had my wee camera with me and was not able to take any of the sail upriver as I was too busy hanging on! The photo in the restaurant is from a mobile.