One of the many features of our return journey to Tiree was the presence of the yachting fraternity as we left Oban and made away up the Sound of Mull and then sailed down the Passage of Tiree. If quantity is anything to go by, Loch Eatharna, Coll ,was proving popular with many yachts anchored in the waters of the loch.
However a right royal welcome awaited us in Gott Bat where the TS Royalist was at anchor.
The TS Royalist is owned and operated as a sail training ship by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets of the United Kingdom. Almost every week of the year, 24 Sea Cadets, Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) and a single week of Air Cadets from all over the UK, join the ship and spend the week on board working as part of the crew. There are 8 permanent members of crew who instruct the embarked cadets on a weekly basis – these are the Captain, Sailing Master, Engineer, Boatswain, Coxswain, 2 Watch Officers and the Cook. Many different parts of the UK and France are visited and at present she sailing in the waters around the port of Oban.
Here TS Royalist is moored alongside the pier at Gott Bay