The visit of the Tall Ships to Ullapool in July was one of the highliughts of the summer, especially as the small ship we restored over the spring, the 35 year-old Westerly Centaur "Ensay Mist", was there to play with them.
Ensay Mist's mooring was the ideal place to watch the festivities which included visits by Tall Ships Gloria, Christian Radich, Pelican and Wylde Swan and others, and the not so tall but equally beautiful Jolie Brise. The Stornoway coastguard helicopter and Lochinver lifeboat were on top form, as usual.
We had a wee sail out in company with Wylde Swan when she took guests to the Summer Isles for a day sail and from Ensay's cockpit she looked stunning. She's the largest topsail schooner in the world and with one of her topsails set for the run back up Loch Broom she looked mightily impressive.
Not so impressive was the Saturday weather when the clouds couldn't hold on to any more water and they split asunder in an unseasonal and unwelcome deluge, occasionally confusing which was sky and which was sea. No matter, everyone on board loved the experience and seeing the big boats from close range was memorable.