These are the voyages of the sailing vessel Pétillant. Her original eight-month mission: to sail from Baltimore to France via Florida and the Bahamas, to successfully navigate the shoals of the French douane, to boldly go where few Maine Coon cats have gone before was completed in 2008. Now she is berthed in Port Medoc and sails costal Spain, France, and the UK during the summer months.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bangor to Troon

We set out from Bangor last Tuesday knowing there would be no wind. We motored the 64 miles in flat completely smooth seas which made the cats very happy. We pulled into the marina in Troon planning to spend 5 or 6 days here. Wednesday we took the train into Glasgow for a day of touring. The high point was lunch at the Willow Tea Room. On Thursday we took Bernadette's Mum out for lunch in Troon. Friday we rented a car to be able to go to Costco. There we bought 560 lbs. of cat litter for the crew. The litter from Costco is amazing and we have not found a litter in France which works very well, so importing it was in order. We are now carrying 14 plastic jugs of it. We also stocked up on a few other things we normally carry back from our visits to Costco in the US. Now we will not have to worry about visiting one in NY in September. Saturday was boat maintenance day as the windless is not working properly. RXC spent the better part of the afternoon trying to fix it but could not. Sunday saw the windless fixed but not permanently. It turns out it only has the fiberglass deck supporting it and will need a support structure under it. Winter project I guess.
The weather has been warn and sunny since we arrived in Scotland. We have eaten great seafood meals at a restaurant at the marina. Dante has charmed everyone on the surrounding boats. Tomorrow (Monday) we will leave early in the morning to be able to get into the Crinean Canal before it shuts down for the evening at 4 PM. It looks like it will be another day of motoring as no wind is accompanying the warn weather. By Wednesday we should be in Oban where we will meet up with the rest of the whisky tasters.

1 comment:

Joan E said...

Well now we know what to bring from the States -- Costo Purrfect