Our whole programme this summer has been written around each trip having more time and thus giving us the opportunity to visit new places. The unusual south east wind last week gave us a great start as instead of visiting Port Pendennis Marina – our usual stop we anchored in St Mawes instead.
Ideally located for a 5 am start we headed off early with the tide and managed to carry fair tide right around Lands End until 2pm. Just a short close reach left and a couple of tacks at the end until we were anchored in St Ives.
Wind still south easterly ,St Ives proved a great starting point for the trip the next day to Waterford. We arrived at Dunmore East at the entrance to the river Suir a mere 24 hours later just as the tide began to flood. 3 hours later we were tied up right in the centre of the city. I have always thought of Waterford and Crystal in the same sentence and not much else so was amazed to discover more about its history. Ireland’s oldest city founded by the Vikings in 914..
Then for the last leg of our journey – Waterford to Dunlaoghaire – 120nm with the wind on the nose. Great progress when the tide was in our favour, but slow progress when the tide was against – we just managed to not go backwards as it was Springs!!
We’ve now had a few days changeover time ready to head off tomorrow. In the past Dunlaoghaire has only been a pit stop but this time we also managed an afternoon out in Howth for the Dublin Bay prawn festival and an afternoon in Dublin enjoying the sights from a green hop on hop off bus