Elie at last!!

July 21, 2012

figher jet buzz leaving Anstruther

We left Anstruther with Katy Perry ringing in our ears. Fortunately we were ‘deafened’ by a couple of low flying jets as we set sail, so that cleared our heads and we were able to enjoy the short sail along to Elie. I say sail, but with the wind coming directly out of the West, I’m afraid we had our Lombardini engine plugging away once again.

visitors berth at Elie

The visitors berth at Elie, which is right in the corner of the harbour, has always been described to us as ‘tight’. We had been told by the harbour master that we were too big as they normally have a limit of 30ft …but he made an exception for us. With this in mind, I was pleasantly surprised to come alongside easily, all be it with the liberal use of our 32 ft Macwester Malin’s bow thruster. However, at the last minute, just as we were getting our lines ashore, our bow was pushed relentlessly to starboard and I quickly realised that we’d have to go around for another attempt. Later I discovered that there’s a substantial water inlet in the corner which lets the current/waves crash directly through the pier and in doing so, clear the silt from the harbour. A great idea I guess, but also one which makes the corner of the harbour a difficult place to berth. Now I know why the visitor’s berth at Elie is in what those ‘not in the loop’ might imagine is the best seat in the house.

stern small fry in Elie

On arrival, we enjoyed watching thousands of small fry shimmering around our hull. Not long after, we met a lovely couple from the Lake District. I understand that they had been enjoying pleasant drink in the Ship Inn until we appeared into the harbour, at which point they both choked on their beverages. It turns out that they had many happy memories on-board their Macwester Seaforth, “Seaforth Star” with their children. Initially, they had thought that our Macwester ketch was a Seaforth, but ‘the crew’ explained that it was a Malin. Nonetheless they were both incredibly enthusiastic, and it was crystal clear to us both that they had really enjoyed their ownership of their Macwester. It was a genuine fillip to hear the passion that they had for the Macwester brand. The only fly in the ointment was the revelation that over the years they had let the side down, and perhaps readers, more importantly they let themselves down, by downgrading via a Hallberg-Rassy to an Oyster 42 …what a shame.

crew injury in Elie

The weather wasn’t great while we were in Elie, and before long we decided to set sail. Unfortunately just as we were setting off, ‘the crew’ injured herself by tripping and landing on her arm. The photo above shows the injury before the gangrene set in. The only sensible option was to delay our departure until we were good to go.

That meant the next day, and instead of heading to Aberdour as planned, we crossed Kirkcaldy Bay and made straight for Port Edgar with it’s easier access via pontoons. As it happens, four or five club boats were in Port Edgar when we arrived and we enjoyed a late night onboard a friend’s Salty Dog. Yay!


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