We take an in depth look at the thrid cruise in the series this July.
Mile Building Course 3 – 12th July – 16th July:
Cork to Crosshaven to East Ferry to Kinsale to Glandore to Sherkin Island to Schull to Fastnet Rock to Crookhaven to Schull – 145nm.
- Day 1 - 15nm - Safety brief & MOB - Cork City to Crosshaven – 13nm
- Day 2 - 40nm. - Crosshaven to East Ferry – 10nm. - Night sail – East Ferry to Kinsale – 28nm.
- Day 3 - 35nm. - Kinsale to Glandore – 35nm.
- Day 4 - 25nm. - Glandore to Sherkin island- 16nm – Sherkin Island to Schull, Through Sound – 9nm
- Day 5.- 30nm. - Schull to Fastnet rock - 9nm – Fastnet rock to Crookhaven – 10nm. - Crookhaven to Schull - 10nm.
Beaufort Venture will be berthed on Cork City Marina, which is a stone’s throw from Kent Railway station in the heart of the city. Once aboard, Gary will lead a safety briefing and familiarise everyone with the yacht.
Once this is complete, you’ll cruise down through Cork harbour towards your overnight halt of Crosshaven. This village is home of the world famous Royal Cork Yacht Club and in the sailing epicentre of Cork Harbour. Ashore you’ll find an excellent choice of restaurants and bars!
From Crosshaven you’ll set sail for East Ferry across the other side of Cork Harbour. The challenge will be crossing the Port of Cork’s busy shipping lane and passing the famous Spike Island – once a high security prison.
After having dinner ashore, a night sail to Kinsale is on the cards. This is a great day for skipper practise, with all the various ports the boat will be putting into and the challenge of sailing at night. Cruising Instructor Gary will be on hand to help you perfect your planning and execution of these passages. It will also be a new experience sailing out of the Port of Cork during the hours of darkness and a great experience for all! Kinsale will be the overnight destination.
A longer cruise on day three will see the boat head West towards Glandore, the overnight halt. Glandore is a picturesque fishing village that comes alive during the Summer months as an active sailing centre. Casey’s Bar and Dinty’s Pub and Restaurant are shore side food options!
After an early(ish) rise the mornings passage will be to Sherkin Island where you’ll anchor for lunch. Horseshoe bay is the perfect place, and here’s a short video of the 2017 crew’s entrance into the bay!
This really is a beautiful part of the country, with the best views reserved for those already on the water. The afternoon will be spent sailing to Schull, picturesque village nesteled along the West Cork coastline. Ashore there’s a fantastic variety of places to eat and drink.
The Fastnet Rock is the destination for the morning of the final day. Famous as a racing mark on the Rolex Fastnet Race this lighthouse is a sight to behold. Obligatory helming shots with the rock in the background are a must for any sailors.
After rounding the rock, Crookhaven is the lunchtime destination, a village with a winter population of about 40 that swells with holiday makers during the Summer months. After going ashore for a break, Beaufort will sail to Schull to conclude the cruise.
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