Leg 2. Lindisfarne to Arbroath – smokies for breakfast

No matter how much planning and preparation goes into a journey, you can never beat Murphy and his law! Somewhere along the way, something will pop up to surprise you, and so it did for Nightsong – just to make life interesting. While Nightsong diverted to Blyth for a minor repair, Kingfisher carried on, mooring for the night close to Lindisfarne Castle.

Leaving Lindisfarne, the journey round Britain takes our travellers up the coast, cutting across the most substantial estuary on the east coast of Scotland, the Firth of Forth, famous for its lengthy Bridge. This stretch of water can be said to begin at Stirling, flowing 55 miles and out into the North Sea between Dunbar and Fife Ness. It is 19 miles wide at its mouth and contains several small islands.

Kingfisher heading round Britain for Macmillan

Next to spot along the coast is St. Andrews. This seaside town northeast of Edinburgh is known for its many golf courses and a university with royal connections, established in 1413. Near the university, on a nearby headland, are the ruins of St. Andrews Castle, with its medieval dungeon.

 The Firth is an important communication route serving significant ports, The Royal Dockyard at Rosyth, an Oil Refinery at Grangemouth, an Oil Terminal at Hound Point as well as various harbours for fishing boats and yachts. The entire British Grand Fleet, some 201 warships in total, together with representative ships from the other allied powers, assembled in 1918 at the mouth of the Firth to meet the Imperial German High Seas Fleet (a further 70 ships) en route to internment. What a spectacular sight that must have been!

Just up the coast again is the sunniest city in Scotland – Dundee. This regenerated city, known for The Beano and other comic books, is situated on the Tay Estuary. The redevelopment of the waterfront includes the V&A Museum of Design Dundee and aims to connect the city with its river through culture and design.

After a pleasant day’s sailing, Kingfisher arrived in the attractive old harbour of Arbroath. Long sandy beaches and stunning sandstone cliffs stretch out on either side of the town and Arbroath abbey, located near the centre of the town, is well worth a visit. But, as Kingfisher‘s crew appears to be making this a voyage of gastronomic pleasures, they had to seek out the renowned local delicacy, Arbroath Smokies. The town’s most famous product, which was first created in the village of Auchmithie, is line-caught haddock, smoke-cured over smouldering oak chips, and still made here in a number of family-run smokehouses tucked in around the harbour.

Arbroath Smokehouse
One of several Arbroath Smokehouses

While the crew of Kingfisher settled down to enjoy the fresh taste of smokies, Nightsong, with her stern gland refitted, sails nonstop to catch up and they will head for their weekend pitstop at Inverness.

Our thanks to all the staff in Blyth who helped and to Tides Marine  for supplying the spare parts so rapidly.

Anyone interested in taking part in a Sail for Macmillan should contact Colin and Jan of Premier Sailing, who will be happy to share more details and if you wish you may express an interest in taking part in 2018, without obligation.

Donations to support the cause may be given to the Just Giving page

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