Coll & Colonsay

Friday night proved to be a busy night for Coastal Connection.

Struan received a late call from the Oban Calmac Pier Master requesting a run to Colonsay. A couple had missed the ferry that afternoon. The conditions were poor with visability nil at times and the wind increasing from the SW. Struan picked the couple up and headed out. They spoke to the bridge of the Lord of the Isles that was heading to Colonsay at the same time for a weather report. Conditions had not improved at all. Struan arrived in Colonsay at 2100 which was good going due to the sea state. It was a slower trip back as the heavy rain and mist set in.

Meanwhile, Cameron had a group booked for Coll for a 30th birthday party. The boat set off late due to heavy traffic slowing the guests car, which was travelling from Glasgow. Cameron headed off at 2030 and made great time up the Sound. When they got past Ardmore Point the seas picked up with a swell setting in. The speed was reduced to 16 knots as it turned pitched black. Still covering the ground, they made Coll at 2232. A quick turn around and the boat was heading back to the Sound of Mull. Cameron said there was a big swell but with the following sea it pushed the vessel at good speed. It was 2345 when they arrived in Tobermory and tied up on the pontoons for the night. At 0530 on the 15th they were back out on the water heading home before the big winds came later on that day.

A busy night for the twins.