River Liffey

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    • Day 1

      Leg 1: Northern Glow

      July 5, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      This phase of our 2019 overseas jaunts consists of two cruises booked back-to-back on Oceania’s Nautica. Hence the name of the trip — “Nautical Explorations.”

      The segment we are embarking today in Dublin, Ireland will take us up and around Norway with a dip into Russia. After a few more Norwegian ports on the way south, the cruise will end in Denmark, Copenhagen.Read more

    • Day 62

      Up to Dublin

      July 24, 2021 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Having spent two nights in Howth it was time to go.
      Nice place but the marina fees were a bit high for my taste.
      I could feel a little bit of a change in the weather. It was a bit cooler and there was a good stiff easterly breeze as we were leaving with a big lumpy sea outside.
      Jim was nearly rammed by an out of control dinghy outside the harbour.
      It might have been wind against tide or some other local conditions between the harbour and Irelands Eye that caused the high seas outside the marina as the seas eased as I turned south.
      As we weren’t going too far, we only unfurled the gennys and sailed much of the way into Dublin port and up to Poolbeg.

      The port authorities ‘barked’ instructions at us. Much different to the welcome we got from Belfast.
      We soon reached Poolbeg marina and with a bit of help from club members we tied up on the outside leg.

      The members of Poolbeg were pure Dubs, salt of the earth types who spoke a version of English that was just about understandable.
      One character in his 80’s told us, “If they’re not insulting you, they’re ignoring you, which is much worse”.

      As I walked up the marina I saw a Westerly Konsort 'Ajay'.
      This was the second Garda sailing Club yacht and the first to be based in Cork.
      As the treasurer of the club, I had travelled to England with two other members to look at a couple of yachts with a view to purchasing.
      Ajay was the one we purchased and I later was one of the crew who sailed her back from Weymouth in 1995 or 96. It was nice to see her again.

      We went for a walk to the Spire but the city centre was too busy and we meandered back to the marina where we had a few pints and pizza in the clubhouse.
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    • Day 15


      April 17, 2023 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Rob and I returned early morning Sunday from Skoma. WE slid through Jack sound in the half light and then a nice 18 to knt up wind sail in relatively flat water back to Milford haven to drop Rob off and pick up Mark Healy for the onward Journey to the Clyde.
      Rob had a long and slow journey on the train back to Cardiff 20 stops and 4 hours.
      Mark and I had connected on Crewseekers, un fortunately Rob was un able to do this section. He had a day skipper certificate and had chartered in Greece a couple of times. Marked turned up on time in perfect sunny weather with a big smile and we set off Dale bay from the Marina. I hadn’t told Mark the new plan yet!!. Originally we were to do a short hope to Wexford, meet Paul Wingate our new Crew and meander our way up the coast towards the Mull of kintyre. There were North winds forecast for 10 days and only one day with some east in it. The new plan, Hop to Howth in one go and meet Paul there. This left Mark with 120nm sail on day one and some night sailing to boot. As he said not as advertised.
      An early set off from Dale, with the tide. By the time we passed Ramsey Island we were doing 10kts over the ground with full sail and blue skys. This was looking good. We continued north using the best of the tide then headed out onto coarse for Howth as the tide backed down. We only saw a couple of ships on route and we could see the distant loom of Dublin as the sun finally went down. The wind was flicking between 10 and 25 kts from the east, with a moderate large swell making sail choices quite tricky. As we were passing Dublin with a view to go through the channel into Howth at night. decided, that surfing in there late at night and a bit tired wasn’t going to be a good plan. We were now going to go to Dublin main shipping terminal and tie up at Pool Beg yacht club. This meant a 10 mile almost dead down wind and swell sail crossing the main shipping lane not Dublin. Not ideal but better than Plan A. We arrived outside Poolbeg at 2 am with a 25 kt on pontoon breeze, in amongst multiple container ships. Parking was going to be tricky and sleeping probably even more tricky. After loading every fender we own on the port side we managed t get along the outside of the low concrete, unprotected pontoon and tie up. Marks first words after that were. Brutal, nt what he had expected after mostly Greek sailing holidays 18 hours and 120 miles later we were all tied up and ready for a bumpy noisy nights sleep.

      All to soon. The redirected Paul was nocking on the hull as his flight fromGlasgow was bang on time. Paul was cheery and flexible and realised we were both a bit tired . After a cup of tea and some breakfast and showers at the club, we were ready to explore Dublin. Paul and spent a fair bit of time in Dublin on business and was the guide for the day. Paul was a more experienced navigator using mostly restaurants as waypoints, which meant we would ways be eating well.
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