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Sun 3rd July.
A 5 am departure from Knight’s Town, motoring as no wind, but a nice
sunrise, gannets diving around us in the sound.
Heading round the western end of
It is the destination for lots of trip boats, but has no
sensible landing place for yachts. An
hour later, still motoring in little wind, we found ourselves surrounded by
dolphins large & small (probably bottlenose & common), one (maybe 2)
pilot whales circling, & a “field” of seabirds sitting on the water. Presumably there were also fish, although the
dolphins did come & play in the bow wave, & the whole lot stayed with
us for at least 15 mins. Nice. Across the
Mon 4th July. Plan on staying put, as forecast is for wet & windy weather with gusts up to F8 (gale). During the morning worried as there were odd noises from the anchor chain – a clank, not just the usual grumbles. Also the wind was moving round putting us closer to the shore, so early afternoon we decided to move.
Started hauling the anchor, only to find it fouled by a steel cable! Luckily some serious lifting & heaving dislodged it, we heaved sighs of relief & departed towards Castletown Bearhaven. Looked at visitors mooring at Diminish just to the north of the harbour, but all but one were occupied and that one was too close to the next for the conditions, so returned to the Harbour & asked permission of the harbour master to anchor. That given we anchored & hoped for a more relaxed evening. 3.2 nm. This whole episode only took about 1 hour.
There were a lot of fishing vessels using the harbour, plus
a ferry to
Tues 5th July.
A late morning departure, engine off as passed the lighthouse on the
Mid afternoon a Pilot Whale showed, about ½ mile off our port quarter & again several times during the next hour, gradually circling us, possibly there was more than one.
A wind shift & the engine went on again until we
Wed 6th July.
An early departure (5.20 am) from the Sherkin anchorage, motoring,
mainsail hoisted. 3 large bottlenose
dolphins escorted us out of the bay with some synchronised leaps in the bow
wave. A pilot whale crossed ahead, then
2+ dolphins showed inshore with lots of shearwaters sitting on the water. By 9 am we had passed Galley Head, with a
fishing boat offshore. Saw 2 puffins,
again a pilot whale crossed ahead, 2 yachts & raft of guillemots, then a
very large raft of shearwaters, causing mayhem as the birds scattered in all
directions. At 7 Heads headland, still
motoring, there were more yachts & more rafts of guillies, then past Old
Head of Kinsale some dolphins inshore ‘on a mission’ & a young gannet. A wet mist descended, & as that turned to
‘Irish mist’ & the visibility went the navigation lights & radar went
on. Early afternoon we arrived at
We strolled to the town for some groceries, showered, did some laundry & had an early night.
Thur 7th July.
Mid morning departure from RCYC.
We were soon sailing, but there were foggy patches rolling own from the
hills. The wind was up & down, also
the mist, the motor went on & off & also the radar. I had hoped to get a view of the town of
Gannets & terns were diving around us as the mist gradually cleared away.
Fri 8th July.
A relaxed start using the main & a poled out genoa. Late morning with more wind & a lumpy sea
we set a preventer to stop any accidental gybes. By lunchtime we were in
A discovery stroll around the compact city, all very
convenient to the riverside, & with most interest in the waterside old
town, the Viking Triangle. The weekend
was a wet & windy both days, so saturday (9th) we visited the
Bishop’s Palace, looked at Waterford Crystal, did some provisioning & more
exploration of the Town, finishing in a nice Italian restaurant. Sunday (10th) Doug did an oil
change, before we went round Reginald’s Tower, a round tower in the Viking
Triangle which dominates the waterfront, & houses the city’s Viking museum,
& then (risk of culture overload!) to the
A complete set from pre reformation times, in glorious colours & rich ‘cloth of gold’. Even more amazing they had survived by being passed from sect to sect at troubled times & so are truly multi cultural.
Mon 11th July.
First pay our dues at the Council offices, rather reminiscent of
business transactions in