Hi Family and Friends, Goodness I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since last we wrote about our travels. We did take a bus to Aberdeen, Scotland from Peterhead on Monday May 19. Lovely, vibrant, college town... We enjoyed the two walking tours we did of new town (1800's) and old town (medieval) which is the University campus. There was a wonderful Botanical garden that we wandered at the end of the day.
We checked the weather forecast when we got back to the boat and decided it was best to head for the OrkneyIslands immediately as the NE winds were coming. So at 1730 we left Peterhead to sail overnight to the Orkney Islands(105nm). We sailed all but two hours during the night when the wind quit. Fortunately about 0300 it picked up again and away we went. We picked up a mooring buoy in Elwick Bay on Shapinsay at 1300. After our nap we woke to find our friends Dick and Ginger on Alchemy anchored near by. (left them 3wks earlier in Suffolk Yacht Harbor).
Scotland | Orkany Islands | Stenness Stones and Ring Brodgar
We sailed into Kirkwall Marina, Orkany Islands, the next morning. We happened upon The Orkney Folk Music Festival weekend. What fun! We went to two concerts and saw 11 different groups perform. Our favorite was a traditional Irish band called the Dervish. We did the tourist sites between wind and rain storms. Unfortunately no cars for rent because of the Folk Festival but we did take a tour bus to the Neolithic (3000 BC)sites of Skara Brae, Skaill House, Stenness Stones and Ring Brodgar. These sites are older than the more famous Stonehenge near Bath, UK. The Bishop's Palace, the Earl's Palace, the Orkney Museum and the St. Magnus Cathedral were worthwhile visits.
Scotland | Orkany Islands | Scapa Flow | Italian Chapel
We took a bus on Tues. to the Italian Chapel built by Italian prisoners of war and the Churchill barriers to Scapa Flow. Geneva convention didn't allow prisoners to build defense structures but they could build roads. So the barriers were built connecting several islands by road and prevented any further sneak attacks to the huge naval fleet moored in Scapa Flow. We were greeted by Scottish Pipes and drums back at the boat. Actually they were for the returning cruise ship passengers but our boat was closer:-)
We sailed up to Whitehall Village on Stronsay Island on Wednesday. Very interesting sailing with the tides around the islands. Some areas get 5-8 kts of current from the tide. We did hit one spot that confused me while checking our progress on the chart plotter. We appeared to be going in the opposite direction than we actually were sailing. Al told me I was crazy until he came to look for himself and realized the current was stronger than the 4kts we were sailing so we were actually sailing backwards. In that one particular spot the current was flowing 3 different directions.We left early Thursday to sail 96nm to Lerwick, Shetland Islands. We had a little of everything weather wise. We left at 0500 with no wind, clear skies and calm seas. Quickly that changed to a meter to a meter and a half of swell hitting us a beam. Next some wind... so up went the sails and off went the engine. This was followed quickly by dense fog moving in. On came the radar.
Fortunately as we approached Fair Isle the fog lifted and we got to see the spectacular cliffs and standing rocks of this 4 mile long island. But since the wind was good we kept going another 43nm to the Shetlands. Again the fog rolled in until we were along the coast of the main island of the Shetlands.
Scotland | Shetland Islands | Lerwick | Artemis moored on Alberts Dock on North side Victoria Pier
We are moored on Alberts Dock on the north side of Victoria Pier. We did laundry and walked about Lerwick today. The beautiful modern Shetland Museum telling The Shetlands story is well done. Now we are excited to visit other parts of the island tomorrow and Sunday. We have a two day car rental. Hope all is well and everyone has a nice weekend. Love and God Bless Sally and Al
England | Whitby Harbor
May 18, 2014
Hi Family and Friends, We've had some good sailing and touristing over the past 2 weeks. Whitby, England was a great town, very picturesque.
UK | England | Whitby | Abbey above the Whitby Harbor.
The Abbey ruins stand above the harbor and the old town is quite colorful. We enjoyed the Captain Cook museum and fish'n chips on the pier head.
Our next passage was meant to be short but we had such nice winds we went 44 nm to the River Tyne. We stopped at Sunderland but they said we were too big for the marina. We moved on to the River Tyne and locked into the Royal Quays Marina. The harbor master brought us some lovely fish all filleted and ready to cook for dinner.