Ti Gitu left Gigha and rounded the Mull of Kintyre with the wind on the nose which followed us round and it poured with rain all day. Not pleasant!! We stayed four nights in Campbeltown letting the runaway hurricane pass, which pleased us no end.
Campbeltown has one long pontoon and does sometimes become very crowded which means rafting, but not on this visit. A pleasant look around the town and big shop at the local Tesco and then off to loch Ryan which has Stranraer at its head.
We had a good sail and went to anchor in the lock. We have anchored here before but on this occasion with a rising wind we tried 5 times but the anchor just would not hold.
At low tide we could see that the whole of the bottom is very stony which explained the anchoring problems.
Not wanting a sleepless night we decided to make for the marina in Stranraer.
This facility is fairly new with a purpose built breakwater which we found does not work very well and at high tide with a NW wind it was very uncomfortable on the pontoons. Eventually I took the old climbing rope given to me by a friend and put out warps and springs of this.
This climbing rope is only 12mm thick and is designed to be stretchy so I left the proper mooring ropes in place but slightly loose and doubled them with the climbing rope, which I tightened as much as possible.
This stopped nearly all the snatching as we surged around and made things tolerable – just!!