Return from Orkney – by Tom Wilson

After the record breaking trip to Orkney in a very successful race, the crews muster in Kirkwall for a group photo:

The crewsYou will see the RFYC are, as usual easily identifiable, particularly John in his traditional prizegiving trews.  The crew were also to be seen enjoying the occasion in the Kirkwall bar.

PeakFlowCrewThen with Patrick flying back for the Edinburgh Regatta, his place was taken by Fiona Brown who arrived just in time for the departure on Sunday afternoon.

Monday:  Peak Flow is  on the way back home.  They left Orkney on Sunday, and after a 20 hour trip from Kirkwall, they arrived in Peterhead at 09:00 on Monday.  The last 16 hours was motorsailing in fog.  They are now catching their breath and planning the next leg.

Tuesday – It appears that the crew of Peak Flow are sustaining themselves in Stonehaven with deep fried Mars bars.  They ask are they breaking new ground, or have other members tried it?  Tom has also submitted a photo of the said item, but it looks so disgusting …  but he says that it was delicious.  No hint of when they  will escape from Stonehaven though.

DeepFriedMars BarsPeakFlowcrewatStonehaven

Wednesday – Our stalwart crew survived the deep fried mars bars and left Stonehaven at 07:00 this morning.  They are now motoring south with no wind.  At o8:45 Gourdon was abeam and they are heading for Arbroath, looking forward to smokies today instead of mars bars.

Arrived Arbroath at 13:00 after a very interesting motor down the coast.  It gave a good chance to see all the old harbours on the way as they were less than half a mile offshore.  They then spent a very pleasant afternoon in the sun.  No smokies, but George has got some smokie pate to take home.  Very good meal in the Old Brewhouse pub near the harbour, then an early night ready for an08:00 start home to Granton.

Thursday:   We left Arbroath at 0800 and motorsailed the whole way back. We saw two Minkie whales off Fife Ness this morning, but interestingly we never saw any dolphins the whole of the trip.

MinkieWhalePeak Flow arrived back at Granton on Thursday afternoon at 1550 with  five inches to spare on the pontoons.

Now settling down for a beer and a rest.

Photos and report by Tom Wilson

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