I'd like to thank Mark, who has done a fabulous job to captivate this audience with Scottish lore! Meanwhile, behind the scenes...
Brian and I have sailed Detour
1,374nm south from Glasgow; even at sailing pace, the scenery has changed so rapidly for us that some days it seems we've been plucked from the ground and dropped onto yet another foreign place.
We've encountered countless moments when we simply didn't know which direction to choose; which harbour, anchorage, or country next!?
We've entertained ourselves with (we hope) the best sights to see along the way, and have found many of our own hidden hidden gems.
We've sampled the traditional cuisine...
...mingled with the locals...
...and attended a cultural event or two.
All the while, we've not missed a weather window to make southward progress. This is fast cruising for us! We're not always settling in once the hook is set.
Detour is in continuous transition between being ready for underway (aft cabin bunk made, meals pre-made, jacklines on deck, spare sails in the forward cabin at the ready, dinghy on deck, outboard stowed) and being home again at anchor (forward cabin bunk made, meals undetermined, dinghy and outboard on davits, spare sails in the aft cabin, jacklines rinsed/dried/stowed) - or a dock, do we need the fenders? how many docklines? where is the reception pontoon? It's a bit chaotic around here some days.
Fast cruising is refreshing!
Fast cruising is challenging!
Of course, there is always some lingering boat project to fill our "spare time."
It's a whirlwind of excitement - we're anxiously awaiting sunshine and turquoise waters...
as we move into position and prepare Detour
for a transatlantic passage!