BIBOA Scottish Cruise May 2015
“Throttles down at 10.45” was the phrase that ended the briefing on day one of our first cruise with Biboa. Douglas, a Glaswegian with expert local knowledge of the Hebrides, had gone through the days itinerary – rendezvous at Dunollie Castle for a quick coffee and to ensure all OK then onto Eigg for lunch and then on to Tobermory with a planned return to Oban around 6.00pm. Sure enough at 10.45 am 8 ribs set off at full speed toward Eigg and so began our 5 day cruise. It was quite a sight, 8 ribs of assorted colours and sizes racing down the strait towards our first rendezvous. As we couldn’t all moor alongside the wall at Eigg some of us picked up the buoys and were ferried in by one of the ribs. Lunch gave us the chance to meet new faces and have a brief wander around Eigg. Onto Tobermory for chocolate and a quick drink before returning to Dunstaffanage for a debrief at the Wide mouthed frog and then left to our own devices for dinner. One of the group recommended the Oyster Inn which was just up the road and where we had the most fantastic langoustines.
At the briefing on Day 2 Douglas produced a bag of hats and proceeded to explain their meanings and what to do if we saw him wearing a particular one whilst at sea. He also had 2 hats to be awarded on a daily basis. The captain’s hat for good seamanship and the “d...head” cap for those daft actions you really wished no-one had noticed. Day 2’s itinerary was first to the Isle of Seil for a coffee break and then onto Ardfern for lunch. En route the radio suddenly blasted with a message that we were going to