Expedition Report - Day One, 31 May 2019

Well, after a day of training in Kip Marina it was great to slip lines and head out through the gap of the marina breakwater.  Not the driest of days would be a polite way to describe the weather, but with a mix of bright fluorescent yellow, red and blue waterproofs the team got our Clipper 60 prepped and ready for a (very) early departure.

Heading south it wasn’t long before we were settling into life onboard.  It was going to be a day with motoring so we could practice our helming (steering) and compass use as we made our way around the north side of Arran.  With lunch being prepared at sea for the first time there were some interesting challenges to keep everything from sliding onto the floor!  Some of the team were taking a bit longer to get their sea legs mind you so lunch wasn't a busy affair.

Our journey continued as we headed down the west side of the isle of Arran.  Keeping our eyes open for wildlife and practicing our navigation by spotting points along the coast the entrance to Campbeltown Loch after nearly 50 miles was a welcome sight.  It had  been a long, wet day on the water.

As we were tied up safely to the pontoon it was time to dry out (well a bit), get dinner of spaghetti bolognese (with apple tart and custard) ready and make plans for our third day (second at sea).  The first of June will see us, hopefully, rounding the famous Mull of Kintyre as we continue to make progress towards the west coast.

Stay tuned here for updates as we continue our D of E gold award.