Sail the Irish Sea with a full view of the Emerald Isle.
This coastal sailing adventure is available for charter! Sail with us off the eastern coastline of Ireland. Short trips will be combined with time ashore for some exploring. Join us for any leg or all of these trips between beautiful seaside villages.
Since the final destination for the July is the Isle of Arran, Scotland, we will be moving from one town to another up the east coast of Ireland over a period of about 10 days in June and back down again over 10 days in August. If you reference the image, Ireland is on the left while Wales, England and Scotland are to the right of the Irish Sea.
Ireland has several picturesque anchorages, marinas and villages that we will visit as we make our way north. The list of below gives the distance between each destination and a tidbit of information about the place. Our intent is to target the most sailor-friendly anchorages and villages which can allow for a more pleasurable visit of the attractions ashore. Of course several hours before and after each transit is required to take care of our needs and preparing the boat for the next trip. Most of the journeys between destinations will be day sails, meaning we plan to arrive with plenty of daylight left to secure the vessel and get ashore for a pint. The days we sail to these destinations will be determined based on distance, weather and crew abilities. The predominant wind direction is from the west followed by southwest around 13 knots, over half of the time during when we will be there. This makes the east coast of Ireland in the lee of the wind. Any lee shore is great for smooth sailing for there is not enough fetch to build the waves beyond much more than a chop. If the wind is strong from any other direction than west or southwest, we will probably take an excursion to see something on land, rather than sail to the next destination.
Lindsay will be in charge of the cooking aboard, so we will have delicious meals without you having to spend a lot of time in the galley. You are encouraged but not required to help keep watch at the helm and occasionally assist in serving meals or cleaning up a bit if one of us is sleeping during one of the longer sailing trips.
Crosshaven is a village in Southern County Cork near the mouth of Cork Harbour, some 23 km south of Cork City, 18 km from Cork International Airport and just 12 km from Ringaskiddy.
Crosshaven is best known as a major sailing and angling center and is the nearest safe harbour for our arrival from The Azores. Visiting places like this with the warm, welcoming locals, is why we cross oceans in our boat. I recommend you arrive early and wait for us here so that you can spend a little more time absorbing the history and culture of this place.
Youghal (pronounced YAWL)
Crosshaven to Youghal : 40nm / 6 knots = 7 hours
Youghal is a small historic, walled village with a quaint anchorage. There are several “must-see” buildings in town, and a guided tour that seems interesting, along with three popular local beaches. Sir Walter Raleigh was mayor for a time here in the late 16th century.
Yaughal to Dunmore East: 50nm / 6 knots = 8 hours
Dunmore East is a picturesque fishing port and our safe harbour if we need it. But given our time constraints and our desire to spend our time in Dublin, we may pass this one up.
Dunmore East to Wiclow Harbour: 100nm / 6 knots = 17 hours
Wiclow with it’s small commercial port and county town, is another optional safe harbour, with two breakwalls that should provide a calm anchorage. It has a popular grassy area by the sea known as ‘The Murrough’ where we could take a stroll.
Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
There are three options for sailing to Dublin, depending on how quickly we’d like to get there.
From Yaughal to Dún Laoghaire, Dublin: 175nm / 6 knots = 29 hours
From Dunmore East to Dún Laoghaire, Dublin: 125nm / 6 knots = 21 hours
From Wiclow Harbour to Dún Laoghaire, Dublin: 25nm / 6 knots = 4 hours
Dublin is a historical and contemporary center for education, the arts, administration, economy and industry. With a population of almost 2 million, there is certainly a lot going on at all times. We will need to research exactly what we would like to accomplish while we are here. What can I say, really, it’s DUBLIN! I expect to have a lot of fun here.
Isle of Man, England
From Dún Laoghaire, Dublin to Isle of Man, England: 90nm / 6 knots = 15 hours
Since there is over 17 hours of daylight at this time of year, departing before sunrise would keep our sleep patterns closer to normal than sailing through the night. The Isle of Man, believed to have been inhabited as early as 6500BC and home to the unique Manx cat, offers a few nice anchorages to choose from. We will take advantage of the one that best suites our needs and protects us from the wind and waves.
From Isle of Man, England to Larne, Ireland: 70nm / 6 knots = 12 hours
Larne has a lot of history and is considered to be one of the first inhabited areas of Ireland. It has a few ruins, a bit of folklore and lots of history. Today, it is a major port for passengers and freight, which means it’s not the most visually pleasing. Scotland can be seen from Larne and it the best port for us to cross over to the Isle of Arran.
Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, Scotland
From Larne, Ireland to Isle of Arran, Scotland: 40nm / 6 knots = 7 hours
We will leave when the wind and tides are in our favor to arrive in Blackwaterfoot during the daylight.
This voyage will take us past the Mull of Kintyre, which forms a somewhat restricted passage through which the tide flows swiftly, also referred to as a tidal gate. The tidal gates in Scotland have an infamous reputation- most notably the Mull of Kintyre, Gulf of Corryvreckan, and Pentland Firth, not least because peak flows during a spring tide at all three locations can exceed ten knots. At all of the tidal gates, and especially these three, it is very important to ensure that the direction of both wind and tide is the same. It may sometimes be necessary to push against the tide for the last hour of the counter tide in order to achieve a comfortable passage through the gate, as once the tide turns standing waves, overfalls, eddies and whirlpools can quickly develop.
The island includes miles of coastal pathways, numerous hills and mountains, forested areas, rivers, small lochs and beaches. We absolutely love it there. Lindsay has family that lives there and we encourage you to consider joining us on a charter there during July of 2018.
Please see our calendar for the dates in June and August of 2018 when we plan to be in Ireland.
The cost to sail the Emerald Isle is the same as our advertised “sleep aboard” rates. We will be staying in a marina if they are available. Many of the harbours are best for anchoring and using the dinghy to come ashore.
Contact us to get started by asking questions before making a reservation.