Thira Cruising Log
Round Ireland 2017
July 6 & 7th Delivery trip Malahide to Kinsale via Dunmore East
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.
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
23rd July Darrynanne to Cahersiveen Marina via The Skelligs
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
Denise & Adam leaving this morning and Padraig & Alan joining Sean for the next leg of the trip.
30th July Brandon Bay to Kilronan, Inismore
31st July Inismore to Inisbofin
1st Aug Ashore on 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.
4th Aug Broadhaven to Killybegs
Alan finally got to fly the spinnaker today!
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
7th Aug Teelin to Aranmore
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
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.
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
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.
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.