01 October 2018
Sailing in the Forth was the topic for a photo tour of destinations visited in Leisure 23 SL yacht ‘Sundance’.
Club member Steve Blaney is an enthusiastic leisure sailor and this was immediately evident as he started his illustrated talk at the 1st October club meeting.
A photo exploration of Steve’s yacht showed everything spic and span from in-mast reefing to Volvo Penta 10 HP motor, to berths, galley, heads, electronic navigation and hand-carved tiller.
Our journey continued at sea past the Isle of May, Bass Rock (with its wind vortices), Aberdour, Inchcombe, Cramond, North Berwick, and back via Crail and Anstruther - with its Sea Queen festival - then on to home berth in Elie.
Along the way we passed the Forth bridges and saw pods of dolphins. Remarkably the entire journey was conducted with the bluest of skies and the most fabulous of scenery! The camera never lies.
More seriously, we also learned something of the knowledge and skill needed to safely navigate in and out of harbours along the Forth coast - many of which have difficult access with low water, rocks and sand bars.
Altogether a fine adventure - and, for most of us, thankfully conducted in armchair comfort! Steve’s enthusiasm was infectious and, following questions, an envious vote of thanks was proposed by Bill Henderson.