Strong winds have so far dominated our summer and made it difficult for us to take Shemaron out of Campbeltown harbour for more than a couple of hours at a time. Whenever we made it up to Kintyre the weather was windy and wet so we chose to spend our time working on board not wanting to waste what precious time we have available. It was really great to make it up to the Tabert Traditional Boat Festival last weekend. We arrived ahead of the stormy weather that lashed across Loch Fyne on Friday night and which, fortunately, blew through during the early hours of the morning. It left a bright and sunny (if still a little windy) spell of calmer weather for the festival. There was a good turnout of boats despite the adverse weather. We enjoyed catching up with Golden View who we spent some time with last summer and Ocean Gem who we first met when Shemaron had major repair work completed in Clydebank six years ago. We made new aquaintances also, among them Scots Miss (formerly Maireared) an ex-ring net fishing boat built in 1932, at 48 feet she was slightly smaller than Shemaron and more lightly built. It was interesting to note the graduation towards a heavier build between the three generations of ring net boats, Scots Miss (1932), Shemaron (1949), and Ocean Gem (1964).