We were delighted to welcome or next Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition onto Taeping recently on Scotland’s stunning west coast. Mind you they had a massive diversion via Glen Coe due to an accident. Lovely as it was for them to see Glen Coe it was a relief to see them set foot onboard our ocean racing yacht at Oban.
From the Crew:
Once we were onboard it was time for safety briefs, how to use the cooker and, more importantly, instructions on how to use the toilet!! Our dilemma now, having lost some time was whether or not to head out or do more training and start sailing on day two. Keen to get on we stepped up our training to pontoon departures and arrivals. After some serious brain drain we headed out, aiming for Loch Aline.
Day one saw us learning our first knot, a round turn and two half hitches which went so well that after dinner we exploring so many more we went to sleep with our brains hurting!
Day two started a bit too early when one of the team got up at 04:45 thinking it was time for breakfast! Well, it had just been the longest day after all. For the rest of the crew we weren’t up until 07:45, a much better time! With the below deck watch getting Taeping cleaned and ready for sea the other watch got sails ready on deck.
It was straight into sail training for us on Day Two with tacks and gybes being learned before we headed into Salen bay to practice using the anchor and get lunch! After hauling up all the anchor, (which took us a fair while) we put our skills to use and headed on to Tobermory where we berthed for the night.
Next it was time to explore Tobermory, which, it turns out is a bit hilly!! With dinner done and washing up finished it wasn’t long before we were learning about passage planning (and practicing more knots) for the next day!
With winds continuing to look light into Monday we should have plenty more chances to get in sailing practice on our expedition.
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