What a surprise to waken up and look out to thick fog, worse than that the windmill was going bananas, fog usually means calm weather? At least I thought so, but the dentist in Kyle (The Old Surgery, very good) beckons. So I got organised had my porridge and set off, it was quite a surprise to have to deal with the fog but choppy seas now that was totally unexpected. Just out of Portree I had as rough a following sea as I’ve seen, with the clearing fog it was spectacular but too wet and bumpy to hang about.
I had a chuckle as I passed Yogi heading out and two minutes later David on the ‘Green Isle’, I thought they are going to have a bumpy one to-day.
I got to Portree early, Donald in the Pier offered me breakfast even although he was stressed, too much accordion and fiddle at the week-end. Every time I called back he had disappeared so Cafe Arriba for breakie, excellent Macchiato and rolls. After getting the 6 bags of empty wine bottles recycled I headed down to Kyle to see the Dentist, visit some boaty people and generally have an easy day. I had thought about going to Inverness but couldn’t be bothered, so headed back to Portree. As there was no pressure I had time to admire the broom at the side of the road just outside Kyleakin. Beautiful it is.
Back to Portree to find Kevin and Pam having the Ferry boat dressed up for honeymoon couples from, Italy. It looked very inviting with plenty admirers looking on. Yogi arrived and thought things had taken a turn for the better for the Rona ferry when he saw the band with their instruments up top, but I quickly filled him in on the details, needless to say the honeymooners sailed off to enjoy a very pleasant afternoon I’m sure.
Messed about for a while and then ‘thought’ the wind/sea had died down so set off for Rona with all the stores, petrol and post. All went swimmingly well until I overtook the Ship ‘Delphi’ which had been visiting Portree to-day. Then it went downhill. Northerly, big sea, big pain as I bounced back to Rona, probably the ‘jabliest’ sailing for years.
Made it home though and enjoyed Dan’s fish and chips on the Pontoon with L and a beer. You wouldn’t know there was a breath of wind.
By the way for those old enough the f in fog try the ‘Two Ronnies circa 1970s!!!!!!