A glorious sail around Erris Head and under Downpatrick Head to Killala in North Mayo, Ireland
We still had about 20 knots of wind and the seas were still active but not forbidding, so we put up our sails and had a glorious sail broad reaching in sunshine around Erris Head to North Mayo. No engine, silence except for the rush of water. Yesssssssssss! We were pressing on while we still had wind to make the Ocean Cruising Club Rally starting from Croabh (pronounced Croove) in Scotland.
Ireland is divided along the coast into sea regions that reach from one promontory or head to another. It's how you know the right weather forecast for your area or identify where a calamity is taking place. It's important because sailing this coast is forbidding. High cliffs, rocks in the sea, a lee shore, storms that come by with predicted unpredictability, and all manner of other hazards can make you have a really bad day. It is very remote. There are no marinas, few harbours of refuge, and little boat traffic. You are basically on your own.
|A beautiful day|
|Getting ready to anchor, |
|See how the round stack stands alone|
|The closest we came to seeing |
the green flash in Ireland.
|The historic village of Killala, which we did not visit on this trip|
|Fisherman on the edge of the world|