Thursday 20th and Friday 21st August 2020 – Ashore at Inverness

Long passage today from fresh water to sea water

It was a lovely day yesterday so Row went off for a walk which took her along a footpath with the Caledonian Canal on one side and the River Ness on the other. There was an abundance of wild flowers and she also saw a hen harrier – after 10 miles thought it would be a good idea to turn back – she was gone quite a long time.

Canal duck

Tim had a more frustrating day trying to find a wi fi signal to enable us to look at different weather models, as we are thinking of starting to head south during the early hours of Saturday morning.

No can’t see a WiFi signal here

Today, Friday, we moved through the final Caledonian Canal lock and into the Inverness marina on the North Sea side of the canal. As there are no further bridges or locks to wait for we can let slip at any time.

We had 5kts of tide coming at us at the entrance to the marina so it was lively. We re-fuelled and topped up the water tanks, carried out the usual checks and are ready to head off south, hopefully early hours tomorrow morning.

Artie checking the tidal race

Part of our passage plan will take us offshore and we may lose connectivity so if our blog doesn’t go out everyday it is only because we are lacking a signal.

Possible passage

Published by Sailing with the Ship’s Cat

Tim & Rowena Heale sail on Talavera a Hallberg Rassy 36 mk2 and this summer 2018 they plan to sail from Gosport to the Baltic, follow their journey as they travel north.

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