Saturday

Arklow Fish Dock

Arklow Fish Dock

It was another beautiful warm sunny morning and we were up and ready to move at 0845.

We had arranged with ‘Inizi’, the Sail Against Cancer boat, and ‘Testa Rossa’, a Sadler Starlight 38, that we would all leave together to head for Kilmore Quay. We had a slight delay on leaving, as one of the logging cargo boats, having offloaded, was turning in the river….an incredible sight as there couldn’t have been more than a couple of metres to spare.

Inizi coming off her mooring further up the river.

Inizi coming off her mooring further up the river.

Once out on the water, the wind picked up and we were under sail. Having started together we then went our seperate ways.

Inizi under sail before we parted company

Inizi under sail before we parted company

We had another great sail and were making good time to round Carnsore Point… the bottom right hand corner of Ireland…with tides in our favour.

We were joined for a good 10 minutes by a seal that was playing around the back of the boat and then diving under the hull, only to reappear behind us again.

A very poor shot of the seal...by the time I'd got the camera, he'd seen enough of us.

A very poor shot of the seal…by the time I’d got the camera, he’d seen enough of us.

As we were passing Rosslaire, there was a call on the radio from Testa Rossa. They were having trouble with their engine overheating and were having to head for Carnsore Point and it’s notorious overfalls with no engine. We went out to shepherd them in and give a tow if they needed it ……. which they did, just as the tide was on the turn, the wind was dropping and Carnsore Point was looming.
We spent a while sorting out a tow line….heads down, we nearly ran into the back of them!!

Testa Rossa in tow

Testa Rossa in tow

With very little fuss we managed to get them in tow and made our way at 4/5 knots the last 9nm across the bay and through St Patrick’s Bridge.

Coming through 'The Bridge'. You can see the current behind.

Coming through ‘The Bridge’. You can see the current behind.

At last we were approaching the harbour and Testa Rossa could risk putting on her engine for the last few hundred metres to the marina.

Kilmore Quay tantalizingly close, with swirling tidal eddies.

Kilmore Quay tantalizingly close, with swirling tidal eddies.

Once in, the harbour all was calm and peaceful.

Reflections...... on the water and on the day and lessons learned

Reflections…… on the water and on the day and lessons learned

All three boats safely in harbour, all nine of us got together in our cockpit for a ‘sun downer’ or two and then a trip to the ‘Chipper’ to bring back dinner.

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