Travels Diary

Summer cruise in Scotland

27 October 2014 | | Reading time 3 minutes

Original areas and other Lagoon owners are one of the best combinations for great cruising! Lars & Lise with their Lagoon owners friends Geir Ove and Brigit sailed to Scotland last summer onboard their Lagoon 380:

It all started at the International Multihull Meeting 2013 in Warnemünde, Germany, where more than 100 multihulls were gathered.

We wondered with our Norwegian friends Geir Ove and Birgit on the Lagoon 380 “Careka”: “Where do we sail in 2014?” We agreed on Scotland. We would sail to “Carekas” home town, Egersund on the west coast of Norway, and from there we would sail in their company to Inverness in Scotland.

We bought our  Lagoon 380 in July 2007, “Havhunden”, without having seen nor sailed one. This cruiser was in fact my 7th catamaran, having built my first in 1971, a year before I got my Master of Science in Naval Architecture. I have raced a lot in local races in Denmark, so our Lagoon is always kept light, you can spot the reflections of the transoms here, where she is loaded for an 8 week cruise.

In May, Havhunden got all of her Raymarine electronics replaced by B & G instruments including radar, AIS, VHF etc.

We sailed 2025 miles, and had a wonderful cruise together with the crew of “Careka” and with our Danish friends, that joined us for a week in Scotland.

Of the highlights we should mention:

  • The first overnight sail from Denmark to the south corner of Norway:  calm sea in Skagerak, just 3 to 5 knots of wind, motorsailing with mainsail and one engine, 20 hours, 150 n.miles, it never got dark during the short night.
  • The first North Sea crossing: This took 48 hours for the 340 miles, but despite a lot of changing winds up to 30 knots and a shredded leach tape on the genoa, it was quite comfortable. Lise was even baking bread with our oven and preparing great food while underway. This would have been difficult on a monohull. A surprising number of whales and dolphins followed us over the North Sea.
  • The Scots we met were all very friendly – especially when they saw we were from Norway and Denmark, many want to join the Viking-countries again! The staff working in the Caledonian Canal was also patient and helpful. The scenery in the Loch Ness was stunning even though we did not see any monsters.
  • Gybing on Loch Ness with the B&G autopilot set to 160 dgr true wind angle” – the B&G autopilot computer is really nice.