Weather: Sun/cloud. Wind E. F1. Sea, calm
Distance: 19.5 miles
Time: 6 hours, including crew change and lunch
Leaving our home port on the last leg of our journey, we pass Hackley Head where, in the 1940’s, the Peterhead fishing boat Seiner reported bringing an elephant up in her net. We would rather see dolphins, or our friend Humpy, the humpback whale who visits us occasionally.
After passing the 2,000 strong seal colony at the Ythan estuary we start the long haul past the dunes. Despite the efforts of Mr Trump at his golf course, this is still the longest longitudinally mobile dune system in Britain.
A break for a crew change and lunch at Balmedie Country Park and then off we set again.
The skiffs now have to contend with a ‘danger zone’ (shooting range), an ‘exclusion zone’ (wind turbines) and a fleet of anchored oil support vessels before arriving off Aberdeen to hand the baton over to Catterline for the next section.
After the handover, the skiffs carry on down the coast to Cove Bay where the trailers await.