Week 17  - Across the north sea and into Scotland 

21st August - 24th August

Well this would be an epic update if I was to try and fill you in on where we have been since crossing the North Sea just on two weeks ago as we have been very busy touring the wonderful landscape of Scotland and England. So to make it a little easier to catch up and so I actually get an update out we are going to do it in stages.

Stage 1: Crossing of the North Sea - Friday 22nd August to Sunday 24th

140822 1 North Sea Crossing Evening Sky

The timing to cross the North Sea involves both boat and passage preparation - the weather for the week leading to our final date of departure is studied in an attempt to pick the best possible sea state (wave height), wind and rain forecast. Below we secure everything, prepare the safety equipment and pre make meals that can be easily reheated in case conditions dictate not spending too much time below. Our practice is to prepare for the worst then hopefully you will get the best. 

140823 1 North Sea crossing skipper at helm

Our crossing was from Stavanger in Norway to Port Edgar South Queensferry in Scotland a marina a short bus ride away from the city of Edinburgh. The crossing overall went well as North Sea crossings go. Winds built to 30knots at their strongest, and seas were confused and more often beam on (side on) making for a wet trip. Traffic was consistent keeping us on AIS watch dodging oil platforms, cable laying ships and fishing boats. By midday on the Saturday we were a little over the washing machine sea, wind, rain and cold. But the definite bonus was the easing of winds as we arrived into the Firth of Forth to put down our anchor off the historic Island Inchkeith at 3am in the morning some 40 hours since leaving Norway. With the anchor secured we slept very well until mid morning when the tide was high enough for us to complete the last ten miles of our journey and to enter Port Edgar marina. With the sun shining the memory of our second North Sea crossing was already beginning to soften.

140824 2 Scotland Forth of Firth Historical Ruin140825 1 Firth of Forth Bridge South Queensferry

As we motored from the Island of Inchkeith to Port Edgar the number of castle and abby ruins certainly reaffirmed our arrival into Scotland. 

Port Edgar is just a "quarter mile" from the quaint village of South Queensferry and home to the railway bridge Forth of Firth built in 1890 and part of the east coast railway from London to Aberdeen. It was both a picturesque harbour to be in and would prove to be a great place to base ourselves for a week of touring Scotland.

(For more photos of the crossing click here)

(For map of our current journey)

© SV Katherine 2018      Cover Photo: Katherine on Anchor Isle Tabarca Spain