Captains Blog

Posted on May 19, 2015 by

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''My name is Thierry Simon and I am the new Captain on board S/V Curanta Cridhe.

After six weeks of preparation, the boat is ready for this new charter season in the beautiful West Coast of Scotland.

With my partner Anne Smith, we are excited to invite you on board this superb sailing catamaran that has everything you could possibly need for a safe and comfortable cruise this summer.

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As the boat spent the winter in Ardrossan, we recently delivered her to Dunstaffnage Marina, near Oban. This was a great opportunity to test all the vessel systems and discover the beauty and wilderness of this part of Scotland. The passage of Mull of Kintyre was impressive with amazing scenery. We anchored in Gigha Island where we purchased local lobster for dinner. They were delicious! If you like seafood, Anne will surprise you with a variety of recipes from all over the world. A walk around Ardminish Bay revealed the inner beauty of this bucolic island. The next day we had bad weather, so we found a great shelter in Loch Craignish, near the village of Ardfern. We stayed there safely anchored, waiting for a weather window to complete the voyage to our summer base. Our last navigation day allowed us to discover the Gulf of Corryvreckan with its whales and impressive tides as well as Scarba Island, which will deserve to be explored. The Sound of Luing was a navigation challenge with many rocks and strong tidal currents.

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Being based close to the Isle of Mull, we have a unique opportunity to discover the great potential of this amazing island. Depending on the duration of your cruise with us and, of course, the weather we have, I will articulate an itinerary in line with your goals and expectations. As I am a big fan of birds of prey, we can go to several places to watch buzzards and white tail eagles. Whales, dolphins and sharks can be seen in several locations as well. A pilgrimage to Iona can be added to your wish list if the weather is collaborating. The Treshnish Isles will allow us to watch puffins.

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As you can imagine, there is so much to see, to do and to enjoy! So let's talk about your next summer vacation in Scotland and plan a cruise you will remember for the rest of your life.''

Association of Scottish Yacht Charterers

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