20 April 2013 | Kilmore Quay
We had a very relaxing day post storm in Crosshaven drying out stuff and getting what litre was out of place back in place. We were really very pleased that all our seemingly over the top preparation and boat set up proved well worthwhile when the nasty wind came calling.
The Royal Cork Yacht Club was very welcoming and we were invited for dinner with Norman Kean and Geraldine on their charter boat. Norman writes, among other books, the Irish Cruising Guide and we had a pleasant evening beng looked after on their boat.
Saturday dawned bright and sunny with the sun pouring in under the curtains to wake us early.
So, by 8 we were under way in the chill and quiet of the early morning passing the Biscay Express ferry just arriving from Brittany as we left the river, back out to the wild sea..... which fortunately was calm with the start of a gentle breeze setting in..
Engine off, we had a great sail down to Kilmore Quay, the last harbour on the south coast of Ireland. Once a thriving fishing port, (weren't they all?) now really a tourist town with just a chippy and a couple of pubs. The remaining fishing boats at least get to sell their catch locally rather than get screwed by a Tesco buyer.
It's still early in the season, if in fact it's actually started yet. In Crosshaven, the moorings were empty and the yard was full with a few people slapping on anti fouling. The good news is we have the marinas and harbours to ourselves. If only like the Med they had out of season rates!
Tomorrow, forecast permitting, we get around Tuskar Rock and head north up the Irish Sea. First of all though, and this is the good bit, we have to find a wifi spot to get the weather and these are invariably in the pub. Whoo hoo!