Autumn Sailing in Scotland

This autumn I sailed my newly re-fitted aluminium, lifting keel yacht ‘Nilak’ from Caley Marina (Inverness) through to the Isle of Skye. Going through the Caledonian Canal was a good test for the engine which hadn’t been run for over 8 years. The weather was continually challenging and our heater wasn’t working so we stayed pretty cold and wet for much of the time. After going through the canal we visited Loch Linnhe marine (where a bit more work was done), Oban (we were blown in here whilst trying to sail the Sound of Mull), Tobermory, Isle Ornsay and finally Kyleakin. I later single handed her over the Scalpay Narrows where she’s been taken out of the water for the winter.

Nilak is an Ovni 32 which is made by Alubat in France, a renowned yacht builder. They have a bombproof reputation and have been sailed literally everywhere around the world. For 2024 I will be exploring the Small and Western Isles of Scotland to climb.

Here’s a short video going around Ardnamurchan Ardnamurchan Nilak

Nilak, my Ovni 32 sailing yacht at Tobermory, Isle of Mull

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