Thira Cruising Log

Round Ireland 2017

July 6 & 7th Delivery trip Malahide to Kinsale via Dunmore East

Long spin from Malahide to Dunmore
In Kinsale Yacht Club for a well deserved beer after an uneventful delivery trip from Malahide

14th July We arrived back in Castlepark Marina

Had a lovely meal al fresco cooked by Stephen Duffy, an ex member of MYC who’s now Manager of the marina

15th July Simon & Adam joined Sean & Denise to get ready to depart westward in the morning

16th July Kinsale to Glandore.

Left Kinsale at 11:00 hrs after finishing the food provisioning and topping up with diesel and water for next few days.

Nice evening in Glandore with a fab view over the bay

17th July Glandore to Crookhaven


18th Crookhaven to Castletown Bere & Laurence’s Cove, Bere Island

Nice stiff breeze today for rounding Mizen Head

19th to 21st July on Bere Island

Strong winds have us staying in Laurence’s Cove Marina on Bere Island. We spent our time exploring the island and reading a few books. Simon had to head home at this stage.


22nd July Laurence’s Cove to Darrynanne

Great sailing weather today if a bit lumpy!

23rd July Darrynanne to Cahersiveen Marina via The Skelligs

Exiting Derrynanne looked even more intimidating than entering last evening!
One of the best days sailing ever!

24th July Cahersiveen to Dingle


25th to 28th July Berthed in Dingle

So we’re stuck in Dingle for a few days :-)

29th July Dingle to Brandon Bay

Crew change. 
Denise & Adam leaving this morning and Padraig & Alan joining Sean for the next leg of the trip.
came ashore for a few pints and a nice take away.

30th July Brandon Bay to Kilronan, Inismore

Heavy weather with big seas today

31st July Inismore to Inisbofin

Spent a day exploring the Island

1st Aug Ashore on Inisbofin

A rest day to enjoy the sights of beautiful Inisbofin

2nd Aug Inisbofin to Iniskea


3rd Aug Iniskea to Broadhaven (Ballyglass)

we spent a few hours exploring Iniskea South before departing to Broadhaven. Islands were evacuated in the 1930’s and the inhabitants resettled on Erris. Some are returning now to reclaim do up the abandoned properties.
The sinister Black Rock in the distance where the Rescue 116 tragedy unfolded in March 2017.

4th Aug Broadhaven to Killybegs

Alan finally got to fly the spinnaker today!
Forgot to pack the razors.

5th Aug Crew Change over Weekend

A good weekend in Killybegs with the shore crew. Alan leaving now and Michael joining Sean & Padraig for the next leg

6th Aug Killybegs to Teelin

Forecast got it a bit wrong today so trip to Aranmore cut very short as we made a dash to Teelin to get out of the 35kt wind which whipped up in very short order
We had the use of the local Boat Trip ferry pontoon for the night
Too windy for sailing so Michael found other things to do!

7th Aug Teelin to Aranmore

very pleasant sheltered anchorage

8th Aug Aranmore to Tory via Burtonport

We’ve been monitoring a small oil leak in the engine for most of the trip. It seems to have gotten a lot worse so we’re going over to Burtonport to get some more oil before heading for the North Coast
Early morning shot with the Lighthouse Flashing
Burtonport was a very interesting place to enter at low tide!!
Approach to Tory. Harbour is nearly impossible to see as it is so well protected with new storm wall. Very safe harbour but very small.
A great welcome in Tory from fishermen and ferry staff. The ferry shared their berth with us overnight. No sign of the King of Tory unfortunately. Apparently he had been unwell.

9th Aug Tory to Sheephaven Bay (Port na Blagh)

We had time for exploring Tory this morning before sailing over to Sheephaven

10th Aug Sheephaven to Ballycastle

First time we’ve been able to use the autohelm since leaving the South Coast

11th Aug Staying in Ballycastle due to more bad weather

We spent our “rest day” in Ballycastle trying to repair the toilet!

12 & 13th Aug Ballycastle to Malahide via short pitstop at Bangor

Crew change with Michael departing and Donat joining for the final leg.

Caught a few nice Mackerel for breakfast while anchored off Lambay as we waited for the tide into Malahide
Great to be back in Malahide after 5 weeks and having covered 776 nautical miles. 
Our newly fitted electric windlass and 50M of chain opened up a whole new set of options. It meant we were able to anchor in many new ports and harbours.