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Super moon eclipse 2015

September 30, 2015

Seal off Hound Point

By the end of September, we were painfully aware that crane-out was fast approaching. However the weather continued to surprise us with light winds and sunshine, and so we jumped at one last opportunity to head away for a couple of days.

The shot above shows a curious seal just north of Hound Point as we headed east, with Barnbougle Castle in the background.

Sunbathing on Pier

The original plan was to head for Port Edgar, but they didn’t have a suitable berth, so we opted for one more visit to Dalgety Bay. As you can see circled in the shot above, it was warm enough for the crew to sunbathe. We spent a couple of relaxing hours counting the small fish at our feet, and watching the traffic on the river pass by, as we sipped on some cold stuff from the fridge. It was fab.

SuperBloodMoonEclipse01

On to the blood-moon eclipse. I readily concede that the image above is a tad un-amazing, nonetheless avid readers of this blog, I got up at 4am and hung around for forty-five minutes in the cold late September air to take the picture above …just for you to savour from the comfort of your cosy armchair.

The photographs I took were actually pitch black, and I had to use some image processing to tease out the faint shape. This is partly because I was using a mobile phone, and partly because the previously bright, super-moon, moonlight was substantially diminished when ‘we’ (the earth) blocked out the sun to leave ‘it’ (the moon) in the shade.

If you missed it, then you didn’t miss all that much really.

Seals with Forth Bridge

After a couple of restful days and nights we set sail again, reluctantly heading home for the last time this year. We meandered and pootled up the river, in an attempt to avoid the inevitable. While going in for a close-up drive-by of the seals [above] was visually interesting, we both wish that I had kept our Macwester Malin up-wind of them.

Queensferry Crossing construction

We passed under the bridges around at three in the afternoon, but the light made it feel more like dusk.

Above: a section of the Queensferry Crossing is lifted up into position.

Sailing through the Ghauts 2015

The sky had brightened again by the time we were approaching our mooring. It was around high tide and I spotted that for the first time ever, we had a prime opportunity to take a short-cut to our mooring by sailing through the Ghauts.

Sailing through Ghauts close-up

I understand that at one time the Ghauts were part of a pier that was used for off-loading cargo. The channel through the Ghauts is about 10-12 metres wide with stone walls on either side. The water would have been around 1.5 metres deep, giving us roughly half a metre below our Macwester Malin’s keels.

Above: the birds on the rocks that can be seen to the right didn’t hold their nerve.

Back on mooring one last time

I guess that ticking off something that we had wanted to do since we bought our yacht back in 2011 is a reasonably high note to end our sailing season on. With the exception of a dinghy excursion to the Ghauts and the short sail to crane-out …the end of our fifth season was upon us.

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