Passenger and training trips on Badger – Sunday 12th July

Badger coming alongside at Broughty Ferry
Badger coming alongside at Broughty Ferry

Badger arrives at Broughty Ferry to carry out passenger carrying trips for the public.

 

 

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Initially the weather was looking rough and very choppy- the trip from Tayport to Broughty Ferry was a rather interesting and bumpy ride – enough to bring into question if these trips would go ahead. Thankfully the weather took our side and calmed sufficiently to warrant a safe voyage for both passengers and crew.

 

 

Sailing out to the Horseshoe Buoy
Sailing out to the Horseshoe Buoy

The first trip, although a tad choppy in open waters, only brought about a small pod of dolphins- the “Advance Party” as they were referred to. With the occasional Gannet feeding and the odd seagull – it was a poor showing from the local wildlife, however that being said, all passengers enjoyed the trip.

 

 

Disembarking passengers at Broughty Ferry Harbour
Disembarking passengers at Broughty Ferry Harbour

 

 

 

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Looking for dolphins in Badger’s wheelhouse

 

The Second trip, proved to be very active, for both wildlife and traffic – sailing yachts took advantage of the winds and waves to help hone a highly complex skill – utilising the energy of the wind to propel themselves at astonishing speeds.
In addition to this, the crew’s assumption of an ‘advance party’ were correct, as more dolphins came to show – although needless to say, they were more interested in feeding than coming to check out and inspect Badger as she passed through the everchanging sea.

 

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Bottlenose dolphin
Bottlenose dolphin

 

 

 

Adjusting the ropes
Adjusting the ropes

 

 

 

Coming in to berth at Broughty Harbour
Coming in to berth at Broughty Harbour

 

On the third and final trip, the dolphins had disappeared so as a result, we didn’t get to see much wildlife. The seas looked to get a bit choppier again, resulting in the passengers and crew mistaking waves and “white-wash” as dolphins and other wildlife. It was both interesting, and confusing at the same time – gauging and guessing where the dolphins would be and how many there were.

 

Badger at the Fife side of the Tay
Badger over at the Fife shore.

 

 

 

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Passengers in Badger’s rear cockpit

 

 

 

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After the last passengers disembark – training for one of our service users

Thanks – to Connor Nicoll