South and West this time

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South and West this time

Postby pagoda » Thu May 10, 2018 9:09 pm

Some years past we did the North Antrim coast - round Malin Head and into Lough Swilly. A bonny bit of coast and a good time ashore here and there. We didn't have time for any more West in Donegal. Work!
No longer.
We have 5 to 7 weeks to go round the whole of Ireland -clockwise this time. June into July (even August?)
Who's done it recently?
Ideas do or do not do???

thanks, Graeme

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Re: South and West this time

Postby wully » Thu May 10, 2018 9:23 pm

It’s been about 20 years since I did that trip..took six weeks which was far,far too fast.

We spent too long on the east and south coasts ( which were good) and didn’t leave enough time for the west and north (which are brilliant)

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Re: South and West this time

Postby Jonas » Fri May 11, 2018 2:56 pm

We did it widdershins about 4 years ago. On the North coast, although it's a long trip up Lough Foyle, Derry is worth a visit and you're in the city. Loads of places in Donegal Bay, lots of islands to visit - Tory, Arran, Inishmore etc. The more time you can spend on the West coast, the better.

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Re: South and West this time

Postby SteveN » Fri May 11, 2018 4:10 pm

Our clockwise round Ireland was in 2000 so not quite as far back as Wully's.
We had June and July too. June was freezing cold with strong Northerlies and we were held up for a whole week twice, firstly in Bangor and then in Dingle. July was wet and equally boisterous so it was a character-building trip.
We've recently repeated the circumnavigation, this time anti-clockwise and in a motorhome! Not a lot seemed to have changed infrastructure-wise which was surprising as I recall back in 2000 there were plans to have marinas/pontoons a day apart all around the coast.
Still one of the great sailing adventures in my view and so close to home.

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Re: South and West this time

Postby cpedw » Fri May 11, 2018 6:19 pm

We went clockwise in June/July 2011. The east coast was dull with fairly rough weather. The rest was a gas, apart from 5 days stormbound in Fenit. Excellent shelter but not much by way of shoreside diversions. We rushed the last part somewhat. We intend to return to NW Ireland soon, though not this year.

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Re: South and West this time

Postby wully » Fri May 11, 2018 6:54 pm

I’m looking forward to going back....

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Re: South and West this time

Postby pagoda » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:27 pm

Heading off in the next few days.
Belfast first then Peel IOM , then Dublin +- then south and west.
We have a new Knox (tested OK so far) to replace a Bruce look alike. It is at least of local provenance. We had a Manson on our previous boat, which worked well even through tides. The Knox looks the business and we expect to be doing some time on the hook.
Fully expect 5 to 6 weeks on this trip, since no requirement to get back for work (!)
If we get holed up somewhere for weather, more books , more pots of tea. No Stress to speak of :)

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Re: South and West this time

Postby pagoda » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:09 pm

Did the South and West part then North and West, and finally East. We took 7 1/2 weeks doing Ireland Clockwise. Could have done it quicker but the concepts of rushing and Ireland do not go well together.
The East coast is a little boring, despite doing Belfast and Dublin. Abercorn in Belfast is handy for the city - perfect walking range and decent value. Do visit HMS Caroline - well worth the visit. Crumlin Road Jail is optional , but nevertheless interesting!
Portaferry in the Strangford Narrows is a pleasant visit. Exciting to enter the marina with 5 Kts of tide and a 20 Kt wind.... The Sailing Club grub at weekends is good. There are some longer passages (>40miles) here and there depending on your preferences and draft.
Dublin is easily got at by train from Howth by train. (and from Dun Laoghaire) There is a fair bit of commercial traffic all down this side of Ireland - big stuff and smaller coasters. The South Coast is prettier - bays and headlands abound. Much more interesting. For sailors form Scotland - the abundance of tidal estuaries is a bit of a novelty. Plenty of tide to pay attention to- with the complication of several reference ports in use - Dublin , Cobh, Galway and Belfast (not forgetting Dover). Crosshaven (Cork) is worth a look. Once round the SW corner, there are 4 large deep bays to cross, with big cliff bound headlands and lively tides. Go into those you fancy and have time / weather for. Aslo, as you go further west you meet the ever present Atlantic swell. Only occasionally met in Scotland, it is usually of 1.5 to 2m with a 9 to 11 second period. Mostly gentle hills to deal with offshore, but reflections and tide over wind near headlands get less comfortable. You get used to it, and surfing down the front at 9 to 10Kts becomes accepted, if tiresome.
Most of the West Coast feels like Scotland at some point, or like West Sweden north of Gothenburg. North of Galway there are not many visitor boats around. Very few "marinas" other than Fenit near Tralee, Rossaveal near Galway and Killybegs in Donegal. Fuelling can mean phoning around for a road tanker to come to the town pier. Or walking to a road diesel pump with cans. Phone coverage is very good as is VHF/Navtex for forecasts.
The hospitality of the Irish folk is superb and we were always made welcome wherever we dropped in.
If we go back , we would probably go West round Malin Head again, Into Donegal but not South of Donegal Bay.
If you haven't done Ireland yet , add it to the list.


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