This was a tiring crossing with a very early start - 4am - to catch the tide. Tiring because the beam swell made the boat roll and corkscrew in a way that made moving around difficult. I spent a lot of time sitting in the companionway looking out through the sprayhood windows.
It was fairly fast, though - down wind and down tide. I was on the Pontoon in Port Ellen by about 10am.
Two visits to a petrol station to get 45 litres of diesel, some grocery shopping, and an hour of sleep before the tide called again - 3pm departure for a very gentle northwards lift from about 4. Or so I thought - it was a bit hard to detect.