We profile the 3rd in our series of cruises on the South Coast of Ireland taking place this July.
With stoppages in Schull, Castletownbere, Crookhaven, Baltimore, Kinsale and Crookhaven to name but a few it will be a great challenge for aspiring Day Skippers and graduates looking to put their passage planning, pilotage and sailing skills into practise all under the watchful eye of our experienced cruising instructor Gary Curran.
Complementry mini-bus transfer from Dublin to Schull is included with this Training Cruise.
Day 1 - Wednesday 12th July
Setting off from the picturesque village of Schull the crew will undertake a safety briefing and person overboard recovery practise Beaufort and her crew will head offshore to the Fastnet Lighthouse, the well-known racing mark that forms the westward extremity of the famous Rolex Fastnet Race. Upon rounding the rock, the crew will head North towards Castletown Bear-Haven, passing Bere Island and docking in this small but busy fishing village for the night. MacCarthy’s pub is a possible haunt for the evening for a meal and a drink!
Day 2 - Thursday 13th July
The second day will consist of a longer sail to Crookhaven, 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 for an overnight stop.
Day 3 - Friday 14th July
The third day will see the crew stop in Baltimore, sailing through the scenic sound around Sherkin Island and into Baltimore Harbour. Baltimore has a great selection of places to eat and drink – and time permitting the crew will sample what the village has to offer.
For a flavour of the scenery in this area check out a video the Skipper Gary has of the area - video.
Back aboard, the crew will sail East to Union Hall, a small fishing village located to the west side of Glandore Harbour for the overnight stop. Casey’s Bar and Dinty’s Pub and Restaurant are shore side food options!
Day 4 - Saturday 15th July
The fourth day is a busy one, with stops in Courtmacsherry, and Kinsale. Kinsale has a great marina and a bustling town, the perfect stop for dinner prior to a night sail to Crosshaven. The Bullman in Kinsale and Fishy Fishy are two great recommendations for Kinsale! 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 into the Port of Cork during the hours of darkness and a great experience for all!
Day 5 - Sunday 16th July
The final day sees a stop off in Eastferry on the East side of Cork Habrour. The challenge will be crossing the Port of Cork’s busy shipping lane and passing the famous Spike Island – once a high security prison. Once in Eastferry Beaufort will weigh anchor for lunch. The final spin will be all the way up through the Port of Cork, to the city centre where the crew will disembark, hopefully having enjoyed their five days aboard, and learning loads too!
The total distance of the cruise is 172nm, and with all the ports Beaufort will be calling into its certain to be great practise.
Cruise Outline 12th July – 16th July – Schull to Castletownbere to Cork - 172nm
- Day 1 - 32nm. - Safety & MOB - Schull to Fastnet - 9 nm. - Fastnet to Castletownbere - 23 nm.
- Day 2 - 37nm. - Castletownbere to Crookhaven - 28nm. - Crookhaven to Schull – 9nm.
- Day 3 - 26 nm. - Schull to Baltimore, through the Sound - 9nm. - Baltimore to Union Hall – 15nm.
- Day 4 - 58nm. - Union Hall to Courtmacsherry - 24nm. - Courtmacsherry to Kinsale – 16nm., then night sail Kinsale to Crosshaven – 18nm.
- Day 5 - 19nm. - Crosshaven to East Ferry - 6nm. - East Ferry to Cork City. - 13nm.