Hi to you all
I am Euan and I own HR Rasmus 126 named Cabatach. Its from 1972 and we keep it on a swinging mooring at the top of the Kyles of Bute in Scotland in a village called Tighnabruaich. It's is a sloop, and largely unrestored and original including still having the 35 year old Volvo it came with.
I kept the name when I got the boat. I'm not really sure what it means but I think it is Gaelic.
I bought the boat primarily for family cruising and it is brilliant for that. What we did last weekend is typical and if you look on google maps you can follow it.
Me and my neighbour Pete took four kids with us and went for the weekend. We sailed out from our mooring to Lochranza at the NW side of the Isle of Arran for a late lunch. It was blowing
about F5 but sunny and reasonably warm. We had one reef in and the wind swung from NW to W bringing us almost hard on to the wind as we came into the start of the Kilbrannan sound. We were doing between 5 & 6 knots most of the way.
We picked up a free mooring at Lochranza about 2pm and had a late lunch before going ashore to let the kids stretch their legs and play on the shore. Iona my youngest is 8 and went paddling.
About 5 we headed north up Loch Fyne to Portavadie Marina for the night. We got out the gas barbie and did burgers and sausages all round. Next morning we woke to a little haze and the sun broke through about 11. We SE headed towards home, back down Loch Fyne round Ardlamont point and up the West Kyle to out mooring. It was F2-3 NNW so we broke out the kite and the added boost gave us near 5 knots.
The wind hardened again to the North in the West Kyle and we really needed a reef. Being lazy, we motored the last few miles while we stowed the sails and tidied the boat etc.
We had no rain all weekend, novel for here, and all went home happy. I guess it typified what we'd like to do more often but the weather isn't that consistent in Scotland.
First Post - Its all very different from some of the rest of you but a great boat for it nonetheless! I'll tell you more about my actual boat in another post if you find this interesting.
Euan from Cabatach