THE LO­CAL PI­LOT

Yachting Monthly - - A LONG WEEKEND -

pilotage Cor­rect iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the start­ing point into Arisaig is es­sen­tial; pass be­tween the flat is­land of Luinga Mhor and the higher promon­tory of Rhu Arisaig, use­fully marked with a blob of white paint. Rocks and islets ex­tend south­west from the Rhu Arisaig, so give them a wide berth. Once sat­is­fied with your ap­proach, head for the grey two-storey cot­tage on a bear­ing of 080°, pass­ing the first three perches to port. The reefs, rocks, and con­vo­lu­tions of the chan­nel make the lay­out of the perches and the safe pas­sage con­fus­ing. Take it slowly, not mov­ing on un­til the next ob­jec­tive is cer­tain and the route be­comes ob­vi­ous. Once the third perch has been left well to port, al­ter course to 010°to leave perch no.4 to star­board. A back bear­ing re­veals a straight por­tion of the road lead­ing up from the shore to pro­vide an­other point of ref­er­ence. When perch no.5 is abeam to star­board, aim 50m south­east of the next red perch (no.6), be­fore head­ing for a point 50m north of the star­board hand perch no.7. Be­ware be­ing set off course by cross ti­dal streams in this nar­row and shal­low (0.4m) sec­tion. Af­ter no.7, come grad­u­ally round to the right to pass 100m south of perch no.8 be­fore en­ter­ing Loch na Ceall be­tween the red and green buoys. A fi­nal pair of perches must be ne­go­ti­ated be­fore the moor­ings lie in front of you, though do not de­vi­ate from the fair­way as there are sev­eral dry­ing rocks to the sides. Ma­rine fa­cil­i­ties arisaig Ma­rine Arisaig Ma­rine has 60 pro­fes­sion­ally main­tained swing­ing moor­ings for both short and long term hire, as well as a 20-tonne trailer for win­ter stor­age/launch and re­cov­ery. The pontoon land­ing pro­vides wa­ter and en­ables the easy trans­fer of crew and stores. On-site tea­room, chan­dlery, laun­derette and show­ers. Diesel in cans and Calor Gas are avail­able, and an on­site ma­rine en­gi­neer can ar­range re­pairs.

01687 450224; www.arisaig.co.uk; Mal­laig Yacht­ing Ma­rina Run by the Mal­laig Har­bour Au­thor­ity, Mal­laig Yacht­ing Ma­rina has a 50-berth pontoon with walk-on ac­cess, shower/toi­let/laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties, wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and Wi-fi. A slip­way, as well as boat builders, ma­rine en­gi­neers and a well-stocked chan­dlery can be found at the work­ing port. The town has ferry links to Skye, the Small Isles, Barra, and Knoy­dart.

07824 331 031; www.mal­laig-yacht­ing-ma­rina.com Moor­ing and an­chor­ing: In the lo­cale, an­chor­ing is the norm al­though there are a few moor­ing buoys. Canna hosts 10 se­cure com­mu­nity moor­ings sit­u­ated round the perime­ter of the in­ner bay which leaves the cen­tral area free for an­chor­ing. day sails: Yachts­men are spoilt for choice when con­sid­er­ing day-sail op­tions from Arisaig. Here are just a few: Muck Muck is only 2.5 miles across and has a sin­gle 1.6 mile road con­nect­ing the set­tle­ment at Gal­lanach with the main cen­tre, Port Mòr, the is­land’s har­bour. sandaig BAY The main rea­son to visit this bay is to pay homage to the ghost of Gavin Maxwell of Ring of Bright Wa­ter fame, whose bothy was de­stroyed by fire in 1968. sanna BAY This sparsely pop­u­lated an­chor­age lies 1.5 miles north of Ard­na­mur­chan Point and is ex­cel­lent ei­ther as a lunchtime stop or for an overnight stay in set­tled con­di­tions. char­ter­ing Isle of Skye Yachts www.skyey­achts.co.uk Tor­ri­don Yacht Char­ter www.tor­ri­dony­achtchar­ter.com charts and guides: Clyde Cruis­ing Club Sail­ing Di­rec­tions – Ard­na­mur­chan to Cape Wrath 2nd edi­tion (Im­ray, £32.50)

The Yachts­man’s Pi­lot: Skye and North­west Scot­land 3rd edi­tion by Martin Lawrence (Im­ray, £27.50) Antares Charts: Charts on a USB mem­ory stick sent to a UK ad­dress £14.99. www.antarescharts.co.uk

arisaig has shel­tered moor­ings

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