I'm a big fan of Maritime Festivals. There's a local one called Sea Fest and Easdale RIB Rendezvous is a version too. They are hard work for the organisers and can be slow burners, but they bring people into areas and loosen wallets...
Team Redbay are big Rathlin fans. After all, you need somewhere handy to pop off to for "afternoon tea"
And so it was that donegaldan and I found ourselves departing Greencastle, Donegal in Deep Six
yesterday afternoon to RV with the rest of the crowd on Rathlin to catch Skerryvore
in concert and see if Tom was telling the truth this time about the BBQ (he was). donegaldan was pleasantly surprised to discover a familial relation in the band's front line and got a wee song dedicated to him from the stage...
(No, I don't know that man
So anyways, back to the trip. Departed Greencastle at 1530 and having surfed every poxy wave and breaking swell on the north coast, swung into Ballycastle Harbour (top location) and nailed a pair o' Fish Suppers in Mortons (at the marina). For those that haven't partaken - do so!
Business taken care of we headed north to Rathlin and arrived into what donegaldan would describe as a Rí-rá agus ruaile buaile
. Basically - Party Mode was in force. The pontoons and inner harbour were stuffed with yachts and Redbays. I think the count at one point was a 16m, seven 11 meters, a 9.5m, two 8.4 meters, a 6.5, and two 6.1 meters. Had there been a prize for the Smallest that travelled the Furthest, we would have walked with it...