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Old 04 August 2013, 06:22   #61
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Old 05 August 2013, 04:10   #65
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Day ???: Dingle to Crosshaven

We left Dingle at last! Whilst Dingle is perfectly charming and there are no shortage of food outlets and pubs we are not here to sit in pubs and just want to get on so a good forecast was what was needed. A confusing picture was what we got though.

One of the most frustrating things about this trip aside from the actual weather over a few days has been the difficulty of getting good weather information. Take this trip. The forecast from the coastguard is 4 – 6 with S or SW winds and a small craft warning. XCweather (which is very popular amongst most teams) is showing 2-3. As an organizer Hugo is placed in a really difficult position especially after the fleet got split and the issues some teams had running into Fenit. Our gut feel is that XC is right so we go. Dingle bay is choppy and we head out towards the magnificent Skelligs which are about 20 miles away.

We arrive and they are covered in a blanket of clag (whether that is a real word or not I am unsure but it seems to describe aptly the effect of low mist/rain and overcast skies. Up cloe though we see more and they are truly awe inspiring. From the Skelligs we head to a large rock known as the Bull.

Wow – running right through this rock is a deepwater tunnel. With my heart in my hands (and the hope my insurers don’t read this thread) we run Top Hat through the Island – magnificent!! (and far more room than it first looked). All the boats take turns to run through and we marvel at the buildings built into the side of the cliff face. It is remote enough just visiting here let alone the idea of being left here.

From the we run back inshore to pass under the cable car behind Dursey Island then round Mizen Head and towards the Fastnet Rock.

The Fastnet is a truly iconic boating location known of course for its eponymous race and sadly for the 15 fatalities suffered during the 79 race. The rock is just fabulous and Paul Lemmer hops off to get some photos of the fleet.

Thanks to Paul Lemmer and John Aldis for the best sightseeing day by far that we live in all of our memories til we are too old to remember – or in my case a weeks time by when I have usually forgotten most things.

From the Fastnet we just crack on in smooth but rolling seas towards Crosshaven.

The last time that I entered Crosshaven I was in Andrew’s Scorpion and we were accompanied by a Lifeboat and Andrew headed off to hospital (See the Great British RIB Rally thread) so it was a poignant moment to come alongside the Lifeboat pontoon and then later see some of the station crew.

We moor at Royal Cork Yacht Club and then have a last night dinner and speeches at a local restaurant. A great night but then a weather delay this morning…. We spoke too soon!!


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Paul thank you soooo much for the posts. It gave me a great insight to and event that I would hope to do some day.........
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Mustering for run into Kilmpre Quay entrance!
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And so the celebrations begin!
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The source of all these updates...

A couple of pix of Top Hat- arriving past Roches Point shepherding in the fleet, coming in to Crosshaven, showing the last shall be first in the fuel Q when the biggest, filing an online update from the helm while fuelling and shuffling off in search of a quiet berth with a load of fuel on board.

I think Top Hat should be renamed Top Cover in SAR terminology for a brilliant job of supporting the smaller boats in seriously testing conditions.
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