Unusual Sight

Last week as the boys were out on private charters, they both spotted an unusual sight…a Norwegian submarine heading down the Sound of Mull! There is a huge military exercise called Joint Warrior happening in the Minch. It was likely that the Norwegians were taking part in this annual exercise. Amazing to see the sub on the surface. The boys must have passed over the top of a fair few subs over the years.

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Full Flow

The team were asked to carry out some surveys locally at the Falls of Lora. The smallest vessel ‘Fingal’ was used for this particular charter. They departed SAMS with scientists aboard and loaded with technology. The devices were deployed on a  flood tie and also on an Ebb tide a couple of days later. Fingal was ideal for nipping in and out of the currents dropping and recovering the gear.

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Lismore Connection

As another September arrived the Lismore to Port Appin ferry headed off for the annual survey and refit. The team were delighted to be the chosen tender to run the service for another year. The weather was favourable and a mix of tourists and locals heading back and forth. The MV Lismore came back looking very tidy and all set for another year of service.

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Whisky Tour

Cameron had another local business day out. The employees of Oban Whisky Distillery chartered the boat for a run up the coastline. They decided to visit a smaller and a lot younger distillery than Oban. The weather could not have been better, they landed at sunny Ardnamurchan Distillery. After an in depth tour they pushed round the most westerly point of the mainland UK to a white sand beach. Next landing was for a refreshment stop at Tobermory. Another wee tour (tasting) of the distillery then they wandered down the Sound of Mull to Oban. A day full of whisky and banter.

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Island Bagging

Over the season the team have been chartered to bag islands. This usually means landing on a small island and then the guests climbing to the top of the island to tick it off. As you can imagine there are a vast amount of them on the West coast, with a few different categories. The weather conditions can cause issues but the boys managed to tick off most of the islands on the list. Robbie enjoyed landing on some remote islands he wouldn’t normally get to visit.

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WHYW 2019

For the 19th Year the original Coastal Connection Redbay ‘Power of Scotland’ carried out her duties once again at West Highland Yachting Week. This time it was Robbie at the helm. The week wont be remembered for the massive winds, quite the opposite. There was at times not a puff of wind. Robbie was shooting about trying to monitor the wind and relay back to the race team. Usual transfers and safety tasks were all completed. Once the wind turned up there was some great racing.

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Basking Sharking

As the basking sharks arrive in the Hebrides, Cameron heads out to Coll to meet up with Shane and his shark squad. Over the past month they have had some incredible encounters. The weather has been real mixed and testing at times but that is the West coast life. The whole team had an epic day at Hyskeir Lighthouse with over 20 sharks about with glass calm seas. They have also spotted sunfish and a leather back turtle during their travels. Still a few weeks left in the season at Coll.

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