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Fife Regatta 0 Aberdour 1

May 22, 2012

Sailing under Forth Bridge May 2012

We headed for Aberdour on Saturday the 19th of June. Motoring into a building Easterly meant that it was a bit choppy on the journey, especially approaching the Haystack. However the weather eased and the sun came out for our arrival at Aberdour aboard our 32ft Macwester Malin ketch.

Macwester Malin Aberdour May 2012

240v shore-power soon chilled the fridge and we had a great evening in the centre cockpit with friends who travelled over by car to join us. We took the ground at a bit of an angle when the tide retreated, but apart from the tilt there was so little movement that we didn’t notice the tide coming and going during the night.

Mizzen rigging cover
Thankfully, the sun re-appeared the next morning and prior to going for a walk up to the town, I decided to check the depth log which was a bit temperamental the previous day. Unfortunately I didn’t make much progress with that, however I did fit protective rigging screw covers behind the cockpit tent to avoid chaffing.

Macwester Malin ketch sailing towards the Forth Bridge
We were back afloat around lunch time and although the weather was glorious, we decided to set-off promptly. In part because our club was hosting the 2012 Fife Regatta that day. We enjoyed a cracking sail back home with the wind behind us. I gave up the helm before Inchcolm soon after we got the sails up, and spent the journey relaxing for a change.

By the time we made it back we had missed most of the regatta action, but the truth is that we would much rather have been away cruising than standing on the shore watching someone else race.

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