Day 19 Dunstaffnage to Oban

Two weeks of stress and boat motion has left me feeling pretty dire. At 2pm I got a taxi into Oban and booked into the Sutherland Guest House. I write this after spending a much needed night on dry land. Stomach is still feeling less than perfect but I hope to force some breakfast down. Dosed up on Lucozade last night and at least that gave me a little energy.

I can’t begin to imagine the resolve and will that someone who travels long distances in small boats must have. After nearly three weeks on Papillon, two of them in dreadful weather, I needed to be able to walk around.

Well at least I tried and was found wanting. I think I’m happy that I tried but I think that might take a little more time to have elapsed before I can look back with some fond memories. Certainly not an end to my sailing. But sailing from now on will be on nothing less than a 40 footer and with at least 4 people on board and somewhere warm. For most of the last two weeks I’ve motored into 20-35kt winds, temperature around 12 degrees and non-stop rain. Nothing compared to those hardy souls that cross oceans but too much for me.

If you have been then thanks for following the trip.

4 Replies to “Day 19 Dunstaffnage to Oban”

  1. And thanks again for sharing it with us Nik. You got of the start line and made it to your own finish, which is more than can be said for a lot of us.

  2. Thanks for that. Currently feel like a bit of a softy having read many books of extreme voyages. When I set off the option was to head for Holland. I suspect given the current heat wave down South that if I’d done that the outcome might be different. But in the end a long time in such a small space and solo is not for me. Miss my wife too much.

  3. Dear Nik, I agree with Stephen Mundane and also think it took great courage to get as far a you have done so don’t beat yourself up about it. Well done and keep sailing!
    Best regards

  4. Appreciate that. Fully recovered now. Just off to Abersoch Dinghy Week where I suspect I’ll be coming last in the Laser class! Looking forward to it though.

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