Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Reaching for Largs, with just a hint of irony.

 It was flat calm when we left...

 ...the lee of the Little Cumbrae. The blood red sails stood out against the grey of the day.

 However, as we cleared Sheanawally Point at the island's north end...

 ...the wind began to pick up and...

 ...our sails filled below an anaemic winter sun and sky. We then sped across the Tan towards...

 ...the Hunterston ore terminal. The MV Key Action was offloading a load of iron ore and as we passed we could taste the iron dust in the air. She has a gross tonnage of  43,024t and a dead weight of 82,168t. She was built in 2010 and measures 229m by 32m.

Fortified by the iron, we managed a close reach all the way back...

...to Largs marina.

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