Friday, May 09, 2008

Busy night at Troon

We met last night at 8pm on the Ballast Bank at Troon Harbour on the Firth of Clyde.

Our destination was Lady Isle, a nature reserve to the SW.

Just as we set off the high speed ferry Express left for Larne in Northern Ireland. Her gross weight is 5902 tons and her maximum speed is 41 knots. She passes by Ailsa Craig and on our recent trip there we set off an hour later than we originally intended. This was to make sure she was well past the Craig before we arrived.

Those 4 diesels sure make some smoke as she warms up.

As she left the fishing fleet was returning to Troon. We had seen them scooping huge loads of fish from the waters round Ailsa Craig. I hope they have left enough for the gannets.

There are too many people on this Earth. Maybe we had all better become vegetarians before the food runs out but on the other hand, maybe its already too late.



  1. Guinness is vegetarian, isn't it?

  2. Hello Peter, without getting too bogged down on what sort of life form yeast is, I have it on good authority, from my veterinary drinking whoops, KAYAKING companion, that no animals are harmed in the process of its production.

    That's good enough for me!

  3. What a relief to know no yeast are harmed in the production and consumption of such an elixir. I will sleep with the gods, safe with this knowledge and wake to paddle again in the morrow.

  4. Peter and Michael, unfortunately yeasts are consumed but apparently they see this as a willing sacrifice, to the greater good. Or so thirsty Tony, my anthropomorphic drinking companion, informs me and he is an acknowledged expert!