Day 9 - Skye to Loch Nevis
We awoke early to a good breeze and had a great sail back to the mainland. The reaching bit was great, the up-wind bit was a bit slow but that’s going up wind for you, I suppose we have to do it sometime. We passed Mallaig steaming along with all of Narwhal’s sails set when suddenly I gave an incomprehensible, stangled cry. I’m not sure what Eric thought was going on but what I was far to excited to communicate clearly in words was that I had just seen a Minke whale breech of the starboard bow. This was swiftly followed by the fastest dropping of sails I have ever seen. We drifted slowly around for half a magical hour while more Minkes surfaced all around us.
Just when we thought the treat was over, a pod of Harbour Porpoises came and played around the bow. I put Narwhal’s ‘dolphin spotter’ to good use.
I noted down the location and timings of all of our sighting so that we can report them to the Sea Watch Foundation for their database. It is nice to think that Narwhal can play a small part in helping conservation while she is out on the seas.
Needing shelter from the forecast strong winds we continued into Inner Loch Nevis. Negotiation some exciting narrows, popped us out into some wild, remote and breath taking scenery. Even better as it was bathed in sunshine. Those who know the area may have spotted the error in heading into Loch Nevis to find shelter as I now know that it is renowned for strong gusty squalls in bad weather. There followed a night of afore mentioned strong and gusty squalls. As Narwhal spun and tugged at her anchor I decided to call them, 'training for Patagonia’ as opposed to picking a bad place to spend the night.