Although we left in late May, it was Mid June before we got to Kinsale in Southern Island after battling down Channel, hiding from adverse winds for a week in Falmouth, and a beautiful overnight sail from the Scillies.
We then pottered slowly towards the great bays of SW Ireland, Bantry Bay and the Kenmare River. Highlights were Glengarriff, Lawrence Cove (Bere Island) and Derrynane. With only 2 people on board, visiting the Skelligs was not possible, so we pressed on to Dingle, the usual westerly limit for UK cruising boats. Hereafter we would be in wild and wonderful coastline.
After an 80 mile overnight dash across the Shannon estuary, we slowly worked our way round to Ballynakill, dodging bad weather. The rest of Europe had a massive heatwave, but we experienced a series of depressions that just swept up the W Coast of Ireland. When the wind direction was favourable, it tended to be too strong. But the rewards were there too. That the people were friendly goes without saying. The anchorages were stunningly beautiful. For example we were the only occupied yacht in Ballynakill which is about the size of Poole harbour. A short stay at Inishbofin, one of the offshore islands, revealed that there were other boats circumnavigating Ireland, although we had not seen any at sea.
By the time we got to Lough Swilly on the north coast, we had been more than 3 weeks without going alongside - there was nowhere to do so. Water had to be carried on board in water carriers. Shops for fresh vegetables and milk were rare.
By comparison, the southbound leg along the east coast of Ireland was less interesting.
On our passage from Kilmore Quay back to the Scillies we encountered a large pod of Dolphins. The trip back up the Channelwas relatively uneventful.
It was a shortened version of this pdf Log (to meet the competition rules) that won the RYA Cruising Log competition
The Log of this trip is available in the following form to friends. Contact me if you would like to see one of the publications.
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