Faroes Paddlers Head Across Minch

The two dots in the photo are Mick Berwick and Patrick Winterton
leaving Clashnessie Bay near Stoer early Sunday morning heading across
the Minch to Stornoway. With no ferries today it was the only way back
to their vehicle. This would be a huge crossing for me, and not one
I'd attempt in a forecast F7, but I haven't just paddled to the Faroes.


kayakr said...


How long is the crossing? As a Swede I'm not acquainted to the area :)

Simon said...

Hi Kayakr,

I haven't heard from them, but they ought to be there by now. The 'usual' route is from the North end of Skye vis the Shiant Islands.

Mick and Patrick are more familiar with open crossings, so were taking a far more relaxed attitude. In fact they calculated the distance using my car atlas!

They made it "roughly 50km" so they reckoned "about 10 hours". A rather relaxed approach.

"We have been known to under estimate things", was one of Patrick's parting shots....


kayakr said...

50 km!!! Hope they make it! You must say they have a relaxed approach when calculating the distance with a car atlas and then paddle that distance. I hesitate to do crossings more than 2 hours.

Another two questions.

What is the weather condition when it is "forecast F7"?

It seems to be a an area with significant tide according to the pictures. How big is the difference?

Simon said...

If it had been me I'd have spent WEEKS planning that trip. They took a compass bearing, checked when high water was turning, and just went.

Remember, they've just spent three nights and four days doing a single crossing, Scotland - Faroes.

That said, I've yet to receive a reply to my text. Hmmm.

Forecast F7 = the wind was forecast to reach Force 7 on the beaufort scale. That's 50-61 kph, 31-38 mph. I wouldn't have even put the boat on the water. It was buffeting the car as I drove away, but died down later.

It was forecast to come from the east, so it could have helped them on their way. That's the Inshore Water's Forecast, which covers an area 12 miles out to sea, so might not be expected to reach the full F7 on their journey. Then again...


Simon said...

It took them 14 hours. The wind turned south faster than they thought.