Rab, Barry, Sue, Tony and Sandy took the first ferry across to Arran on Saturday 5 March. Lovely weather, cold with sunny skies and a force 4 wind looked like it would make for an excellent days paddling. Once off the ferry we found that the usual put-in was being developed and as a result was fenced off. However a short walk took us to a beach next to the ferry terminal where we could launch. We get changed and sorted out the boats while taking in the amazing view of Goat Fell with a snowy covering surrounded by cloudless blue skies. The wind was blowing from the north so the first 3 kms to Corrygills Point  meant we were paddling with a side wind, disconcerting at first but fine when you relaxed into it and applied a little skeg to make life a little easier. After Corrygills point we turned south and with a following sea we made a fair rate of knots passing Claughlands Point and then across to Holy Island. We passed down the west side still making good progress in the following sea and then turned round the bottom of the island. As we passed the lighthouse on south east side we encountered our first head wind, no waves to speak of but a constant blow as we turned north towards White Point and Lamlash Bay. The views were spectacular as we could again see the main Arran hills, all covered in snow above the green farmland and forest. After a short lunch stop at the north end of Holy Island where Sandy and Sue displayed their sartorial elegance – spot the tellytubby – we then paddled north into the wind. retracing our steps back to Brodick. It was a fair slog coming back up the Arran coastline with the waves coming right at us but worth it for the views as we turned into Brodick Bay and once again had Goat Fell dominating the horizon. Once back at the beach, a quick change and then wheeled the boats up to the ferry terminal where we were allows to board first, despite the glares of the car drivers!  A great day out with lots of photographs, have a look at facebook!