4th June. On Tuesday the sun was out, the wind was gentle and we got on our way just after 7am, along with the fishing boats going out for their day’s work. We rounded Fife Ness and headed north past St Andrew’s on the coast and Bell Rock lighthouse out to the east, across the mouth of the Tay to Arbroath.  The lock gates at Arbroath only open 3 hours before high water, so we were very happy ghosting along with our big gennaker just filling.  

We arrived at Arbroath at 1pm, 23 nautical miles in six hours, which is not our usual speed, but was good timing. Arbroath has developed a marina for yachts in its inner harbour, alongside working fishing boats, in perfect shelter behind the dock gates. We headed towards the tower of the signal station (the land base for the Bell Rock lighthouse) which shows up prominently from some distance away, then picked up a leading line – two white posts – to take us safely through the harbour entrance.  A sharp right turn, then sharp left and we were into the inner harbour. We tied up on the pontoon in time for lunch.  We’re here for a few days now, so looking forward to exploring Dundee (15 minutes away by train) and Arbroath – including trying the famous Arbroath Smokies.

Arbroath smokehouse
  • Distance: 23 NM Pittenweem to Arbroath. Sailed 6 hours
  • Wind: SW-SE 0-3