First sailing day

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Plockton bay
Today is my first real day of my sailing Holiday. And happily there is wind today, a force 4. As soon as we leave the harbour, we hoist the sails and set sail towards the Sound of Sleat, a wide area of water between the island of Skye and the Mainland. In Scotland one has Sounds, Lochs and Firths.
After a few miles of sailing the water gets narrower and the water lookes like a whirlpool. At both sides of this narrow passage is a deep wide water, the narrow passage however is just 10 meters deep. The water is pushed through at great speeds, depending of the tide. You has to be there at the right time to cross the passage. Great amounts of fish are washed too, and seals and dolfins try to get there meal. In between this whirlpool we sail on, the wind coming from different directions due to the hills.
We are washed into Loch Alsh and see the high bridge connecting the Mainland with the Island of Skye. The weather is still warm, but sometimes it rains a little and the wind gets up and dies down again. After sailing under the bridge we go starboard towards the small town of Plockton. In the pilot it says that you can anchor in a sheltered bay.

The sun is behind the horizon as we are in the vicinity of the bay at Plockton. Coming from the Netherlands it surprised me that there are hardly buoys, it is therefore important that you  have maps and a good pilot. Just before the bay there are rocks just below the water line, if you are nog paying attention, it is the end of the holiday. In the bay there are moorings of which one is free. There is just enough light to take pictures of the area, then darkness falls. Tomorrow early resurfaced, we have a long piece to go to the Summer Islands.
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Plockton bay
Plockton bay
photo by: WorldXplorer