Explore Ireland - milebuilding Plymouth to Dublin


Fowey, Falmouth, Kinsale, Cork, Waterford -  all places we can visit on this milebuilding passage from Plymouth to Dublin.  With 2 short introductory days first this is a great trip to introduce you to longer passages, watchkeeping and night sailing.  

This is the perfect opportunity to put recently learnt RYA theory into practice and see how to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.   On this milebuilding trip from Plymouth to Dublin you will be able to learn from us about course shaping and plotting, tides (including secondary port calculations), passage planning and passage making, how to interpret weather forecasts and real time application of collision regulations.

Our milebuilding trips are all about enjoying sailing and the beauty of being at sea without the pressure of being on a course.  We are not working to a syllabus but planning the tides and deciding the course based on the conditions around us.  This trip is a great step up for Day Skippers and a perfect opportunity for the more experienced sailor to develop the skills required for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore exam.

You will gain miles for your log book and experience taking part in a watch system.  There will be lots of night sailing as we cross the Irish Sea and two passages of more than 150 miles. 

Join in Plymouth at 1800 on Saturday 11th May and depart in Dublin at 1000 on Sunday 19th May giving you all day to travel home.

Sailing Holiday Highlights

  • Sail past Lizard Lighthouse the most southerly point of
    Great Britain
  • Visit Falmouth
  • Participate in a watch system on the passage from Falmouth to Kinsale.
  • Explore the Irish coastline between Kinsale and Dublin
  • Sail around Tuscar Rock
  • Spot the windfarms on Kinsale bank
  • Enjoy sailing beneath a starry sky – and identifying the North Star.
  • Experience the beauty of sunrises and sunsets at sea
  • Enjoy a Guinness on arrival in Dublin.
  • You will embark in Mayflower Marina, Plymouth and disembark in Dunlaoghaire Marina just west of Dublin


At a Glance

11th May - 19th May 2019

£995 - Whats Included

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Difficulty Level AAAA - click for more info  
day sailing, overnight sailing and up to 72 hours of watchkeeping
Previous sailing experience of at least 10 days is required for this trip.

8 nights

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My first trip out of sight of land for so long and first in the Atlantic. I was pretty apprehensive but Lin and Richard calmly instill complete confidence. Lovely boat, fantastic food, good company’

This is a sample itinerary only – The actual itinerary will be weather dependant. 

Day 1 – Arrive on board 1800.  Welcome reception, introductions and itinerary discussion. Dinner is served on board at 2000

Day 2 – Breakfast followed by safety briefing.  A short day sail to learn about the boat and discover where things are kept – head west to Fowey and spend the night in this small picturesque harbour. (20nm)

Day 3 - A second day of skills and drills on board as we sail from Fowey to Falmouth

Day 4 – Time to set off and spend a night at sea on the first of our 150 nm passages towards Ireland -  Kinsale, Cork, Waterford are all possible destinations.

Day 5– Arrive in Kinsale, Ireland – sample the local guinness

Day 6 – Explore ashore in Kinsale and a short sail to Cork

Day 7 – Depart Cork for the second long trip along the south coast of Ireland round Tuscar rock and then head.  Take part in the watchkeeping routine and spend another night at sea.

Day 8 – arrive in Dunlaoghaire late afternoon in time for showers and beers ashore

Day 9  - Breakfast, depart 1000, giving all day to travel home.

This is an example itinerary for a milebuilding  passage aboard Velvet Lady.  Velvet Lady is an Oyster 55 skippered yacht and all our passages are great for hands on sailing practice.  All our sailing holidays are weather dependent and the exact itinerary will be decided by the skipper to suit the weather conditions. On all our trips it is possible to book an individual berth and become part of a group. To see our other opportunities for ocean passages and milebuilders  please see our schedule

  • Date: 11th May to 19th May 2019
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