Lovely Sheephaven Bay anchorage at Portnablagh on the north side of Donegal, Ireland
|Alex attempting to fish|
We were now a motor boat, as we’d used the last of the promised wind. At least now we had an extra week and could take our time cruising rather than delivering Aleria to Scotland. We motored all of about 25 miles in flat calm waters past the charmingly named Bloody Foreland, all the time searching for signs of basking sharks, whales and dolphins. Alex even tried fishing with no success. Despite the glass calm surface, we didn't spy any sea life other than vast numbers of birds. Perhaps the cetaceans and the fish moved into cooler waters, as this hot weather was rather unusual in these parts.
|Onyx relaxing under the spray hood|
We stopped for the night in Portnablagh in beautiful Sheephaven Bay. Hills all around. Long white sand beaches. Sandy bottom. Good holding. Nice protection from the gentle swell. It's about as far as you can go in the Republic of Ireland before crossing the border into Northern Ireland, not that there is a border any more.
|Daria on watch along the coast |
|The beach at quiet Portnablagh|
|Lovely anchorage and we're the only boat|
We were also testing a new anchor, a scoop-type anchor that disassembles made by Mantus. It's a really good concept. Unfortunately, the bolts that stick out from the wide blade marred our deck where we had stored it in preparation for switching our bowers. Alex is writing a review, and we'll include it in the next edition of Happy Hooking. It will be a good anchor for people who have little room for stowing big things while crossing oceans.
|It's hot and glass calm but no wildlife, except birds|