Recent (1998-2010) Trips
our March 1998 trip from Kinsale
to Baltimore &
back and our October 1996 trip (which was our first).
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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):
Click on any of the thumbnail pictures below to see the full image
in all its glory!
|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.|
|Fastnet Rock from the shoreward (N) direction|
|A closer view|
|The boat is heeled slightly more!|
|Are we there yet?|
|The other side.|
|David Lilburn awaits his turn on the helm.|
|David Tocher plays with his camera.|
|J.K steers us back towards Cape Clear Island -farewell to Fastnet Rock.|
|J.K steers us back towards Cape Clear Island - is it still his turn on the helm?|
|David Lilburn finally gets his turn on the helm.|
|David Lilburn assesses the wind and tide...|
|Arrived in Union Hall - moored off a trawler - changed into shore clothing - now to paint Union Hall red!|
|Same play, different actors..|
|David Lilburn and John Kinsella - demmed fine fellows..|
|David Lilburn showing how one can helm and eat lunch at the same time.|
|At last - Brian Greenford shows how the Royal Marines handle a yacht.|
|Maths lecturers drink wine, insurance lecturers drink beer - that's it really.|
|Look at the heel - no not Kinsella, the boat you idiot.|
|David Tocher sheets in hard - its easy when you know how!|
|David Lilburn cracks a knotty problem - it's Bowline City now!|
|John wearing his bank-robber's balaclava|
|David Lilburn drinking beer from a glass - quite right too!|
|Yes, that *is* a very silly cap wot Brian is wearing.|
|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.
|John helming - keep both hands on the wheel.|
|John helming with a following sea.|
|A sample photo taken by Dave Tocher from his
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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