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Fairwinds Round Ireland - The North
Teelin to Aranmore

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Sunday 1st August Teelin - Aranmore

Left Teelin at 09:30 the anchor was caught on an old mooring rope, but we managed to free it without drama. Once outside the roadstead we found a steady 20 knots South Easterly, so we ran with the wind on the quarter under full genoa and no main, making over six knots all the way to Rathlin O' Birne. With a fair tide as well we made the first ten miles in one and a half hours.

Once out of Donegal Bay and heading North we were on a reach, and our rapid progress continued. However, by lunchtime the wind was dropping, and we hoisted the main as well. We had decided to go round the top of Aran rather than through South Sound (advice from Kim of Samphire), but once we got into Aran's wind shadow progress was slow and we wished we had brtaved the shallows of the South entrance. We eventually anchored in Aran Roads at ten to five.

We had a run ashore for a couple of beers and a look around. It is an attractive enough place, but full of holidaymakers particulary kids in wetsuits, swimming and jumping off the piers. We tried to ignore the holidaymaking hordes and enjoy the stunning scenery, enhanced by the appearance of a fleet of traditionally built local sailing craft apparently racing for fun.

We decided we deserved a meal out but nowhere took credit cards and we were almost out of money. Eating out in Aranmore is very downmarket chips with everything. We went back to the boat for a tin of chicken curry with extras.

Lighthouse, Aranmore
Traditional Donegal Sailing Boats
The skipper cooling his heels at Aranmore
Teelin Aranmore Burtonport Tory Island Portsalon Portrush Home to Scotland