An active family holiday in Scotland: Day 7

We practiced on the moorings at Otter Ferry today – both hooking on to them and safely leaving them. We had arrived in darkness the previous night and anchored just a short disstance away from them. Whilst we were fine with what we had done, the moorings would have given added peace of mind (particularly if we had been sailing without an experienced skipper) and would no doubt have been what we would have chosen if arriving in daylight.

Attaching to a mooring is made extra easy because there’s a prominent sign that says just £10 is payable to the local pub, and it can be paid by BACS so you don’t even need to go ashore if you don’t want to.

After a bit of pratice, we sailed to an anchorage at Ardmarnoch Bay and had lunch. In the afternoon, the wind picked up and we sailed on to Portavadie which began its transformation into an upscale marina in late 2009 (and opened the following year). In getting there, we reached speeds of about 8 knots; the wind regularly picked up to between 20 and 25 knots so we put a reef in our sail.

Not for the first time, we also spotted the distinctive Waverley paddle steamer which was in the area. Remarkably, she’s the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world.

Just as we came into the marina, a solitary dolphin arched its way out of the sea a couple of times, almost as if to tell us we had reached Portavadie, before disappearing off. Perhaps distracted, I stupidly managed to drop a fender into the sea but thankfully we were able to retrieve it, and my pride wasn’t dented too much!

To read the previous days, click below:

An active family holiday in Scotland:

Day 1: Arriving at Mossyard
Day 2: Mossyard – Kirroughtree – Glentrool
Day 3: Glentrool
Day 4: Glentrool to Largs
Day 5: Largs – Scalpsie Bay – Tarbert
Day 6: Tarbert – Ardishaig – Otter Ferry

Diclosure: Our sailing holiday was sponsored by Go West Sailing.

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