Harvest Time

The smallest vessel of the Coastal Connection fleet is Fingal. A versatile, robust wee boat that punches above her weight. She has been flat out harvesting seaweed from the research sites. Maintenance jobs were carried out on the site first then she would run back and forth to SAMS with loads of seaweed. Fingal made quick work of it and also harvested at another site in the sound of Kerrera.

Rissos Dolphins

Cameron had a couple of regular customers on a private charter from Tobermory yesterday. The weather was very poor visibility in the morning but cleared as they departed Tob. The sea went mirror calm and seabirds started to show up as they headed towards the Small Iles. After lunch at Muck they powered on towards Coll. Cameron spot some splashing in the distance, so they went to investigate. Usually this is common dolphins but soon realised it was a pod of Rissos Dolphins. The first time the skipper have ever seen this species. Amazing how different they are and almost white some of them. The day was topped off with a minke whale and a very close fly by of a sea eagle.

BBC Filming

Struan had a couple of busy days filming with the BBC. The first day was a cracker on Loch Etive. The water was mirror flat as you can see in the fantastic photo taken by Euan Paterson. On the second day they had a play in the Falls of Lora. The falls were in full force as the ebb spring tide powered out. A fair crowd appeared to watch the film crew and Struan at work. 
Looking forward to seeing the final edit later in the year.

Super Yacht Talitha

Last week Struan teamed up with Sandy from Venture West. The charter this time was to provide a tender service for the Super Yacht Talitha. The guests wanted to explore remote spots so the vast local knowledge of the two skippers was vital. The 82 metre vessel was launched in 1929 and as you can imagine very luxurious. The guys enjoyed their accommodation and food on board her. For the 5 days they put in the miles and visited some stunning spots in mostly stunning weather.

Mull Wildlife

The weather has been chopping and changing again. Last Saturday was a perfect day. One of the charters was a full day round Mull. The day started off from Lismore lighthouse and headed along the south end of Mull. The first encounter of wildlife was a lone bottlenose dolphin. It had a wee play next to the boat and surfed the wake. After that they powered towards Iona for a wander up to the Abbey. On route to Lunga they had a look into the naturally pillared lined Fingals Cave. The bird life was in full display on Lunga. Lots of puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and shags along the coastal path lined with seagrass, primroses and bluebells. It never fails to disappoint. On the way back to the lighthouse they spotted an eagle near Tobermory.
A cracker of a day.

Coll Bird Festival

Cameron was back out to Coll for the annual Bird Festival. This year the usual plan changed. In the morning they cruised down to Gunna for a walk about the island and had a spy for some birds on the west side.
In the afternoon they returned to the favourite island of Lunga. The bird life did not disappoint at all.
That evening saw a great session at An Cridhe with Eabhal.
Sunday brought blazing sun shine but unfortunately the wind arrived too. It was too fresh to land on the islands so a beach clean and BBQ instead.
another busy event on Coll.