Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We set off from near Portencross Castle on the North Ayrshire coast. Our plan was to cross to Little Cumbrae island then over to the south end of the island of Bute.
Grey clouds hung low overhead but in the distance, behind David and Phil in the double, the horizon was sunlit from the south Ayrhire coast to Ailsa Craig and Arran.
We soon crossed the shipping lane and made for Gull Point at the south end of Little Cumbrae. We followed in the wake of a yacht with a traditional gaff rig. She had her topsail set in the light wind.