Just finished writing up the last few days on the Rona blog and now catching up on events from yesterday on another scorcher of a day.
Jim, Eddie and Michael arrived mid afternoon yesterday. Great pals from Belfast. I’ve known them since the very start of my time on Rona. Some of the best ambassadors of the yachting fraternity, gentlemen, unassuming and very considerate a pleasure to be in their company. 11 years ago I ended up on their yacht ‘Dromedaris’ a 50 year old Falmouth Pilot, a real yacht!!! We had a drink then went to another famous yacht ‘Morag mhor, Pat and Jill Barron. We had a lovely evening and were later joined by Malcolm and Moira from Yacht Feshie, yes a memorable evening.
So when Jim and Ed arrive we always try to have a good night and we spent most of yesterday preparing which was fun to do, even in the heat.
Nothing to hard, langoustines and steak (surf’n’turf). It was a busy place yesterday with 9+ yachts in, some regulars and the couple from the Black isle who helped at the initial stages of the cabin build last year. Yacht Runrig arrived with our Edinburgh pal Laurie and his skipper Alastair. They had sailed their Westerly from Plockton and had had a good sunny trip unlike Jim, Ed and Michael who had traveled to Kyle in fog which was quite scary. We all decamped to the cabin for the debrief and enjoyed a glass or two of fizz and some potted crab. A lively discussion around various topics ensued and we didn’t fall out.
Time passed quick and we headed down around 7ish to our dinner. A late night was inevitable but very enjoyable ending up with a nightcap on ‘Dromedaris’
Our pals came up in the morning for some ice for the evening’s gin and to say cheerio. It was a grey start but soon cleared.
Hopefully we will get to Belfast (at Last) this year to see them. MV Seaflower has just arrived so I had better head down to see what is doing in Shieldaig.