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29th June 2013
Windsurfing: Eoligarry,Barra
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Weather: cloudy
Max Speed: 28 (knots - unless stated otherwise)
Distance Covered: 21 (Nautical Miles - unless stated otherwise)

Saturday 29thJune – windsurf ***** cloudy :(

Another gloomy, foggy day :( We packed up and had a visit from a lovely sheepdog, she barred her teeth but it was just a happy face :) She went to sleep right outside the van door. We stopped and said goodbye to our energetic Irish friends. Went to the shop in Castlebay for some milk and had to detour through the town because of the ‘Barrathon’ half marathon. There were a surprising amount of competitors and as we toured the island by the road that runs around the edge we stopped in many passing places to let them pass. There are some lovely beaches, rocky crags, high moors and some reservoirs and the natural stuff is all lovely but anything touched by man is just awful :( Plain new build houses with lots of junk in the gardens, particularly old cars and vans rusting away :( After the circuit we arrived back in Castlebay and went to the co-op for some cake! Drove back along the left hand side of the ‘ring’ road and branched off towards the ferry/airport road. The airport has to be seen to be believed. The runway is on the beach and you can only land and take off at low tide. Amazingly they have scheduled flights every day. We drove to Eoligarry and parked up where Mag had read camper vans were welcomed. It is a great spot with 360 degree views of several beaches. The weather is still not playing ball so are not seeing it at its best and it is still beautiful. I decided to windsurf and had a great time backwards and forwards over the clear water with gannets and other sea birds really close:) Mag read for a while then went for a long walk on the beach and had a look over the end of the jetty. Chatted with the lady from the only other camper here. She and her husband are doing the islands the opposite way to us, starting at Ullapool and finishing in Oban. Two planes have taken off and landed over us but we could hardly see the first and couldn’t see the second at all because of the fog! It keeps coming and going. Had a nice chat with Rob(our son). Rang him because we played the game they got me for Father’s day – Lost Cities for the first time and needed to get confirmation about a couple of points. It was nice to chat and we really enjoyed the game once we got the hang of it :)

My windsurf report. (Xantos + Ezzy 7.5 – 38 fin)

After passing Barra beach airport we ended up at Eoligarry jetty at about three, the weater was poor cloudy and cool but the wind looked good coming cross off from the airport so after tea and biscuits I rigged the big freeride kit thinking that I would be overpowered with 7.5 but can’t rig the 6.6 because of yesterdays broken mast :( There is a large area of bays and islands here to explore – a top spot :) but the first run out I only just got planning as the wind disappeared:( I had one long plodding run out to Fuday Island seeing a couple of seals and loads of feeding Gannets. On the return back to Barra the wind increased and changed direction pushing me a little further down and into a lovely flatwater bay, only trouble was the wind was too light here for fast runs. I was able to reach flat out a mile or so into the bay seeing the ferry to Eriskay several times getting some nice speeds in the low swells :) Then to finish the session I had some gybing practice off the beach I started out to some rocks about half a mile away – a top session out in the lovely clear water – who needs La Franqui when you have the Scottish Islands !!! the only thing lacking at the moment is some sunshine.

Toys Used:
F2 Xantos 295 133
Ezzy Infinity 7.5



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