Cruise in Company 3 August 2014

The weather forecast for this event included severe weather warnings for very heavy showers.  However, the day turned out bright and sunny, though with quite a lot of cloud.  At the briefing in the club room for a briefing and the decision was taken to go to Inchkeith and anchor in the harbour.  The cruise leader, Patrick Angier was planning to take his dinghy to ferry people ashore and carry messages between the boats.

Embleton joined the 8 other boats for the outward journey CIMG5401and in brisk but sunny conditions passed John Spencely heading towards Pallais.   To be fair, John only had his big genoa up whilst Embleton was sailing free and by with all her tan sails set.

CIMG5406Heaving too short of Inchkeith, Embleton was in a good position to capture the arrival of the fleet.


CIMG5409Here we see Solveg and Gonzo.




A number of the boats had the whole family aboard, but Kenny Mackenzie with Hoodlum had an extended family aboard and arrived in style.

Border Maid had a near close encounter with the photo boat whilst she was dropping her sails (I hope I didn’t worry you too much)  but by then she had dropped her sails and the photo opportunity had passed.  Last but not least was Shoddy Cloth, Neil Ballatyne’s boat.








Embleton left them jostling for position in the harbour and headed back to Granton, with the wind veering and strengthening as forecast.  Winding in the jib and putting a reef in the main we still made fine time back to the harbour and crept in (avoiding a departing Pilot boat) over the new bar into the deep water on the pontoon.  And home for lunch.

The report will be extended if the information is forthcoming from the boats that anchored at Inchkeith.

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