FRIDAY 16 April.
We had an early breakfast and Mike and Nan very kindly drove us back over to Portavadie at 0715. It was  another great day but very cold with frost on the pontoons! The air temperature was only 2 degrees C! We quickly did a temporary repair to the damaged knee, clambered into our dry suits and hoisted sail! Alas there was no wind so we resorted once again  to rowing. Eventually after rowing about 8nm a wee breeze filled in from the South then veered to the West F3/4. The final three miles were done in style and we logged 5.8kn on the gps (we managed about 2.4kn rowing)! We luffed up into the harbour, furled the jib and tacked into the sealock at 1300. It had been a fitting end to a great first leg. As I have a couple of band gigs we left the boat in the canal for a week and headed back to Glasgow exhilerated that we had complete the first leg successfully!