Guest Blogger Matt Maples: Sailing, Scenery and a Live Soundtrack?
Posted by Tall Ships America on July 19, 2011
0600 – Stromness Harbor, Orkney Islands. It has been good sailing for us since we left Rum Island. Coming up through the Upper Hebrides, often making 9 to 10 knots, we flew past the northwestern corner of Scotland – Cape Wrath.
Nearing the Orkney’s with some time to spare, we cruised slightly more northward of the western side of the island. We had a rendezvous with the Old Man of Hoy. The western face of Orkney is an epic wall of stone, a natural wall without the imperfections of mortar, the cliff faces had streaks of red upon them, with great hills of green rising behind. Rising above the sea, the stony pillar that is the Old Man of Hoy commanded our attention and cameras. Self supported, the natural pillar could be said to appear like a man with a square beard when seen from the northern face. Under sail as we cruised among this scenery, our crew’s cameras made our deck sound like a field of shuttering crickets.