Overflow from our readers’ postbag which we didn’t have room to publish in the magazine

Scottish sailing

I read Rob Peake’s interviews on cruising in Scotland and think many features are realistically described. I am writing because I think there are some important omissions. The abundance of beautiful and secure anchorages are a great feature of the area, so is the wild life. There are many birds and seals, there are also dolphins whales and basking sharks, otters and red deer on land. I  think the availability of good pilotage information is worth mentioning.

I realise that sailing, like all aspects of life, changes with the generations and, now that I am 80, my generation is passing. However, I also notice that human nature changes only slowly so I think there will be some among the new generations that will enjoy my sort of sailing.  I would like to describe that but it would be boring. I sailed a Nicholson 32, often single handed, on the West Coast of Scotland for about 10 seasons.

I have two further comments. The midges only bothered me once, in the Crinan Canal and don’t think road journeys in Scotland will be quicker.  The roads are good but often small and twisty.

Hugh Qui


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