Oban to Aber
After being used to help carry out scientific research on Greenland’s west coast last summer, Alun’s boat Gambo was sailed across the North Atlantic and spent the winter in Oban, Scotland. The task was now to bring it down to Aberystwyth so it could go on to carry out bathymetric surveying in the Celtic Sea later this year. The crew included Alun skippering, Colin and Sam (regulars on Gambo‘s adventures), Lyndsey (MSc student from Edinburgh) and myself.
Favourable winds and strong currents meant our voyage south went quickly – less than 48 hours in all. Some engine trouble south of the Isle of Man though meant we had to sail much of the final stretch hoping that the wind didn’t push us into the Lleyn Peninsula. Fortunately we managed to avoid crashing into the headland without too much trouble, and sailed down Cardigan Bay at a more sedate pace as the winds started to veer. We arrived off Aber around 1 am, though the receding tide meant we had to wait until the next high-tide before we could enter the harbour.
Anchored off South Beach we woke the next morning to brilliant sunshine, so after a brief swim and some breakfast we took the short journey into Aber Marina to finally moor up. All in all, the trip was really enjoyable and relatively trouble free (apart from the bust engine). Not being sea-sick was also a bonus. It’s also surprising to see how small the UK really is – travelling at speeds of ~7mph, we still managed to see five countries in less than two days.