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To Inverness

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Today we had no wind, no sun, no vis, a complete contrast to the lovely day we had yesterday... however, we are now just  outside the enterance to the Canal! After an early start to get out of Lossiemouth, and catch the tide, we ended up motoring the 35 miles to Inverness, in thick fog! With hardly any visibility, we had a pretty boring trip  spent staring into the whiteness infront, and shooing away the occasional wasps/storm flys/ swarms of fruit flys! Luckily, the fog did start to lift as we appoached the big bridge before Inverness Marina, and we were left with a beautiful afternoon. Getting in around 1pm, we then had all day to top up with fuel, make a few repairs, a (breif) tidy, and most importantly, make a swing out of a fender!! Tomorrow, once the first few locks have opened, we can start our transit of the Caledonian Canal - exciting and terrifying at the same time! I have been told the Canal is beautiful, so have been looking forward to it, but also still partly nervous abou

Fun sailing!

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 I couldn't have been on better boat today, as we had the best sail yet, on an unfortunitely short trip from Whitehills to Lossiemouth, (less than 25 miles). We left late morning, and with the wind picking up, had a cracking downwind sail the whole way. I finally had my wind, and dad was also happy because we were in no rush to leave, so no alarm clocks!! Although we had an amazing sail, and even touched 9.5kts, I can safely say coming in the narrow enterance to Lossiemouth was the scariest part of the trip so far! After getting the main down 200m away, motoring into the channel was slow going, even with the sea behind us. Although I had almost full revvs on coming through the brakewaters, we were hardly moving, and I had almost no steerage, so we were being thrown around, with only meters either side to the breakwaters. (yes, I still dont know how to spell breakwaters so put both) Once into the main harbour, there was almost no swell (but still plenty of wind), so I shot straight

To Whitehills

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Another great sail today, on a beam reach most of the way (once the wind had picked up an hour or so after leaving).  We briefly met 2 guys on an motor cruiser this morning before leaving Peterhead, and were amazed when, half an hour later, they literally dropped of a sausage roll and fresh fruit to dad, whilst at sea!! We were both suprised at their kindness, and after only a 5 minute chat! After probably the best sail of this trip so far, we were greeted in Whitehills by the friendly harbour master,  just as the sun started to come out. The rest of the day was lovely, and we had a quick shower before a walk around the (town../village..?) . This evening we were once again amazed by the generosity of a family who are also doing the trip around Britain - in a powerboat! We have been moored near them for the last 5 or so harbours, each time arriving late so not having much chance to say hi. However, we were (bewildered?) when they offered to cook tea for us, and even more suprised when t

Stonehaven to Peterhead

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 Finally more wind today, so had an awesome sail averaging 5.5 kts!  We arrived in here (Peterhead), at around 10.15pm (2215) this evening, just before it got properly dark, with all the lights of the ships lining the harbour walls. I don't really know why but I was kind of terrified coming in here, not just because it's a comercial port, but also just coming into the marina. Thanks to Peterhead harbour control, who helped guide me into the marina, and although we only have 4 hours here before we leave tomorrow morning, it seems like a nice marina in the dark!!  This morning the harbour master in Stonehaven brought us down a tillerpilot that had arrived the night before, and I really can't thank Jerry enough, for sending it out here. It's such a kind gift, and obviously really handy aboard Falanda.  Tillerpilots are great because its like  having an extra member of crew, so that you can go below and get some food, or go for a pee, or take a fix for a minute or so.  Last

Stonehaven

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 Another small leg today, Arbroath to Stonehaven, around 30 miles. Our stay in Arbroath yesterday turned out to be really nice, and we had all afternoon to explore, chat, and have some chips!! Next to the showers and toilets, the marina have a room for visitors to escape from their boats, and sit down with full headheight for a change..!  We motored out of Quayside Marina Arbroath this morning, to fog, with headwinds and a slightly choppy sea. It was nice to finally have (some) wind, although it had died down a bit by mid-afternoon, and left us tacking in around the lovely Scotish coast. We were suprised at how many seabirds were lining the cliffs today, and feeding in the water, they made the Exe estuary look empty!! Our little boats look tiny against the brakewater here in Stonehaven Harbour, but it seems like a nice town, and we even went for a walk up to the war memorial on the hill above the harbour.  Someone was kind enough to come down to the harbour for a quick walk and chat, b

Whales!

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 After our 4am start, the sky stayed clouded over untill we arrived in Arbroath, at around 3pm, just in time, as the lock gates were closing! As we tied up, the sun came out, and has been shining ever since. Arbroath Harbour is beautiful, and everyone is very friendly - we're loving Scotland so far!! Despite the nice weather, the lack of wind is very frustrating, and we have had to motor all day - across the Firth of Forth. Unfortunitely it doesnt look like the wind is going to pick up anytime soon, so I've had to shorten our leg tomorrow, to Stonehaven. As well as hundreds of gannets, we also saw the first Minke whales of the trip, with two passing straight underneath Falanda!! We were very pleased to have a visit, and I think dad also spotted a few passing by as well!  Link to my fundraising page for Sea Shepherd UK is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/falanda-roundbritain

We're in Scotland!!

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We were told this part of the East coast is  stunning, and this morning, in the fog and drizzle, as we gazed out over the white sea and the white hillside, we were truly in awe of its beauty! The thick fog stayed with us untill 2pm, when the sun came out and started burning it off, leaving us with a nice, but still completely windless day.  We had unfortunitely missed all the scenery on the coastline, however our first stop in Scottland couldn't have landed us in a nicer harbour. Today we saw the amazing team of rowers, as they continue down the East coast, on their way around Britain, via the 'Lionheart Great Britain Race'!! Rannoch Adventure It was great to see so many smiling faces, whilst alone out to sea, and luckily we passed after the fog had lifted. I was very impressed at their challange, and really do wish them fair weather, and good luck! They are out, all day, everyday, rowing the entire way around England, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation . Whils