Saturday, 15 June 2013


Here's a tale of two vessels in comparable locations with conflicting conditions. Alan Rankin (above) set off for a six-week sail from Ullapool, but has become becalmed in Lerwick. A full account appears in Shetland News. However, The Orcadian reports on the four Norwegian rowers now expected in Kirkwall on Monday. They, battered by westerly-wind and stormy seas, dropped anchor at 03.00 yesterday in order to consolidate their progress on the trip described here in An Audacious Crossing.

Scottish Islands Explorer - encounters ever changing conditions

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