Back to basics?



Weather and flagging energy levels conspired to persuade me to get Crunluath back in the water before I had completed intended work on the cabin top and deck. Hood and fittings, the hatch kennel and hand rails have been removed for work at home. I had time to fill a few screw holes but the rest of the work will have to wait.
One of the unintended by products of my procrastination is how much sleeker Crunluath looks without all the extras we now consider essential for modern sailing: no fence around the edge of the boat, no hood blocking the view from the cockpit,. I am tempted to keep it this way but I suspect I will weaken as soon as we are plugging into a choppy sou-wester off Garroch Head. Safety rails I have always thought to be of dubious value for anyone more than two feet tall: a secure grip, coupled with a harness and strong clip on points has got to be safer. I'll see what I feel comfortable with but I hope to try a few trips in, ” low drag” mode.
Either way there is a lot of work to do but the positive side of only one month ashore was no leaks upon relaunching. A few fine days should boost the enthusiasm.


Crunluath on film

Photo of the 1968 Tobermory race at Crinan by George Gibb, Clyde Cruising Club / Peggy Bawn Press

In  1968 Crunluath took part in the Clyde Cruising Club’s Tobermory Race from Port Bannatyne on the Isle of Bute to Tobermory, Isle of Mull via the Crinan canal. Crunluath had what in film terms might be called a walk on part in a film of the race. Well more of a motor past part in fact making two brief appearances in the thirty minute film.

Recently the excellently entertaining Peggy Bawn Press has unearthed the film made by BBC Scotland, showing the race. You can see it here,

Gordon remembers the race. “Its me on the foredeck coming into the Sea lock at Crinan age 15 !!

The BBC decided they would create a film of the famous Tobermory Race and Magnus Magnusson was the narrator aboard Lola. We still have a copy somewhere. It was a good year with moderate NE winds which made Tobermory a bit uncomfortable but enabled us to visit the West Coast of Mull, Staffa , Iona and Tinkers Hole.

It was a hard beat through the Torran rocks in poor visibility (without GPS etc ) but the faithful Crunluath kept us safe and home to calmer waters at Ardfern.”

You can get a glimpse of her and the young Gordon in the film at approximately 1.21 minutes and 15.25 minutes.

The Peggy Bawn Press blog has a wealth of information about sailing and yachts on the Clyde and in Ireland and in addition to the film of this race there is a a description of the creation of the film by director Louis Miller.