Day three saw the wind drop a little more and we were able to head up to the sound of Shuna. Â A quick look at the map and the views driving up and I knew this was going to be a beautiful paddle.
We decided to make the best of the lull in the weather; we were expecting squalls to come through occasionally. Â We paddled SW down the sound with the tide and then stopped to decide where we would head amongst the few islands we could see. Â A short discussion had me questioning where we were as someone had thought we’d launched from another location. Â A quick session setting the map to ground and confirming what we could see and we were in agreement. Â We decided we would head to Eilean Glas, Eilean Gainimh and then Eilean Ramsey before lunching around the Glas Druim area.
After lunch we headed for Rubha Ban with it’s common seals before once again riding the swell back again. Â The backdrop of Kingairloch was fantastic, the sun making an appearance here and there.
As we headed between Eilean nan Caorach and Inn Island I could see the sky darkening behind us. Â Where would be on our journey back to the mainland when it caught us up?
As we paddled past Castle Stalker the full forces of the westerly force six squall caught us side on; one capsize resulted and only one of the group managed to turn into the wind when “STOP” was shouted.
It only lasted five minutes but for some they may have felt the longest five minutes of their life so far. Â However, the double rainbows soon after more than made up for it.