Photographs and Drawings from Assorted Activities.


On this page at present you will find a graphic record of our

Recent (1998-2010) Trips

and  also

our  March 1998  trip from Kinsale to Baltimore &
back and  our  October 1996  trip (which was our first).

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1998 Spring Trip to Kinsale

This was our third time chartering a yacht from Sail Ireland in Kinsale and our first Spring charter. We travelled over the St. Patrick's Bank Holiday weekend and overnighted in Union Hall, Schull and Baltimore (in that order). We were particularly pleased that we made it to the Fastnet Rock, rounding it clockwise and anticlockwise on successive days. We finished the trip with a long broad reach back to Kinsale.

Our boat was a Sigma 38 with which (apart from some problems due to poor maintenance) we were very pleased. She handled very nicely and pointed well up to windward compared with the smaller Beneteau we hired last year. We anticipated that the running backstay rig might pose a challenge but it was in fact very straightforward. Highly recommended!

Crew (in alphabetical order):

Brian Greenford
John Kinsella
David Lilburn
David Tocher
 

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A sketch of the Fastnet Rock by David Lilburn - reproduced here with his permission.
A sketch of the entrance to Crookhaven by David Lilburn - reproduced here with his permission.
A sketch of the coast of Cape Clear island  by David Lilburn - reproduced here with his permission.

Click to see image full size Fastnet Rock from the shoreward (N) direction 
Click to see image full size A closer view 
Click to see the image full size The boat is heeled slightly more!
Click here to view the image. Are we there yet?
Click here to view the image. The other side.
Click here to view the image. David Lilburn awaits his turn on the helm.
Click here to view the image. David Tocher plays with his camera.
Click here to view the image. J.K steers us back towards Cape Clear Island -farewell to Fastnet Rock.
Click here to view the image. J.K steers us back towards Cape Clear Island - is it still his turn on the helm?
Click here to view the image. David Lilburn finally gets his turn on the helm.
Click here to view the image. David Lilburn assesses the wind and tide...
Click here to view the image. Arrived in Union Hall - moored off a trawler - changed into shore clothing - now to paint Union Hall red!
Click here to view the image. Same play, different actors..
Click here to view the image. David Lilburn and John Kinsella - demmed fine fellows..
Click here to view the image. David Lilburn showing how one can helm and eat lunch at the same time.
Click here to view the image. At last - Brian Greenford shows how the Royal Marines handle a yacht.
Click here to view the image. Maths lecturers drink wine, insurance lecturers drink beer - that's it really.
Click here to view the image. Look at the heel - no not Kinsella, the boat you idiot.
Click here to view the image. David Tocher sheets in hard - its easy when you know how!
Click here to view the image. David  Lilburn cracks a knotty problem - it's Bowline  City now! 
Click here to view the image. John wearing his bank-robber's balaclava 
Click here to view the image. David  Lilburn drinking  beer from a glass - quite right too! 
Click here to view the image. Yes, that *is* a very silly cap wot Brian is wearing. 
Click here to view the image. Brian helming. 
Click here to view the image. David  Lilburn helming in a good stiff breeze - check out our wake! 

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1996 Kinsale Trip

A group of seven (David Conway,John Kinsella,Deirdre O'Reilly,Linda Stevens,Bob Strunz,Dan Toal + UL student Eoin Leahy) hired a (?) 32-footer from Sail Ireland in Kinsale for the weekend of 18 October.

The weather was remarkably fair - little or no rain & even some sunshine on Friday. We had good strong force six winds, occasionally gusting up to force seven on Saturday.

On Friday we sailed (mainly broad reaching) to Crosshaven and spent the night there. On Saturday we beat our way back fully reefed in exciting but not excessive wind conditions. The sea conditions were moderate with a ten foot swell on Friday, slightly less on Saturday.

On Sunday, the mist closed in. In addition gales were forecast as imminent & even in Kinsale's shelter the winds were gusting strongly so we stayed in port, cleaned up the boat & returned to Limerick where Linda kindly allowed us to finish off the food in her house.

A more ambitious expedition is planned for next June - a group plans to hire a 40-footer & take part in a coastal race along the East & South coasts. (Details from Bob Strunz).

Some pictures from the weekend - more to follow once scanned in.
 
Click here to see the full image John helming - keep both hands on the wheel.
Click here to see the full image Dave helming.
Click here to see the full image John helming with a following sea.
Click here to see the full image A sample photo taken by Dave Tocher from his cruiser Triton.
He is pulling Jason Greenford back to ULAC, as wind conditions were unsuitable for dinghy sailing on the occasion of the attempted dinghy crossing to Dromineer during the summer. (Of course Kinsella & Kinsella almost reached the Scilly Isle before giving up, but that's another story)

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