At 1000 Thursday morning, our crews left the crystal waters of Peterhead and set sail for Lossiemouth, again with winds of force 4 to 5, and so it was time to get some good sailing in. After the challenges of the day before our boats had earned the right to 'stretch their legs' and those on board were more than happy to oblige!
With winds over 30 knots our yachts were hurtling along, even with two reefs in the main sail, and covered a massive seventy miles in just ten and a half hours, arriving at Lossiemouth at 2030.
As Lossiemouth appeared over the horizon, it became apparent that an area of unusually high atmospheric pressure meant an extremely low tide. This left the water in the marina too shallow on the draft for Ashanti and Clearlake II to enter their berths, and so they needed to moor up against the marina wall. This was not an issue for our crews, who tucked into a delicious meal on board before nipping ashore for a well earned drink.
One of the many great things about the sail4macmillan round Britain cruise is that anybody can take part (the youngest on board Ashanti this week is 65!) and provides an opportunity for anybody to experience of sailing on the open sea whilst raising money for a great cause.
A big thank you is owed to Amanda at Lossiemouth marina for a very kind donation to Macmillan Cancer Support, as well as the provision of free berthing for our two vessels. Your generosity is very much appreciated and will make a huge difference to someone in need of their support.
If you wish to support our crews on their voyage, and help Macmillan Cancer Support continue their vital work with those affected by cancer, please follow this link to our justgiving page: