Aberdour, Thursday 2 August

Aberdour, Thursday 2 August

Six of us – (Graham, Mike, Jane, Steve, Angus and I ) assembled in the Silversands car park in the face of forecast wind of F3, gusting F4 , and predicted heavy rain. We found smooth seas, perfect stillness , tide lapping at our feet (HW 19:14, so no long carry), and no sign of rain either.
we set off SW out of the bay and towards the Braefoot terminal, pausing along the way to observe the numbers of large and curious grey seals which gathered to shadow and observe us.
We spotted a large cruise ship moored just downstream of the Rail Bridge, and watched as it went about and got underway towards us, while a nearby tug saluted it with a fountain of water from its fire monitors. As the Royal Princess passed us near Inchcolm, we encountered the only bumpy water of the evening as the wake reached us – despite a few attempts only Steve succeeded in catching the wave and having a couple of surf runs as the wake passed under us.
Then it was back to completing the circumnavigation of Inchcolm. (Note to navigators) – Passing the rock named Swallow Craig on my chart, complete with its well established
population of gnomes, I did notice a nameplate suggesting it had been renamed “Inchgnome”.
Then it was a brief snack stop on the island before returning across the wonderfully named “Mortimer’s Deep” as the tide began to ebb. We passed through a light shower, but the main event was the very loud serenade laid on by the enthusiastic seal population as the light faded (Don’t give up the day job, guys).
It was then back to the beach and some rolling practice by Graham (“it’s colder than you’d expect – I’ve got ice cream head”) before packing up. (Unexpectedly, to the strains of an aria from Carmen, coming from a marquee near the beach – these seals were really upping their game….)
Altogether a very pleasant evening in good company and gentle conditions – and probably more conversation than usual, in absence of wind and waves. Thanks to all for coming along and in particular to Graham for organising the evening,

Regards

ALAN

Alan Fraser