Flying Across Donegal Bay to Broad Haven Bay
We got up early to make the long trek back home. Some time during the night, the wind had shifted and we now had quite a swell coming into the harbour. It made getting out of bed pretty easy.
Alex was thinking we could make it all the way home to Clew Bay, but I wasn’t convinced. The sea was much more settled but still messy. And the wind, which was supposed to go west, went southwest. We managed to sail in glorious 15-knot breeze and mostly sunny conditions, with passing showers, all the way across Donegal Bay. It’s the most amazing feeling when you shut off the engine and the wind takes over in silence. Ahhhhh.
Our original destination was all the way to Clew Bay or a stop in Portnafrankagh, but the latter would have been untenable in a westerly. As the wind shifted, veering southerly, we knew we couldn’t make it home, which of course is due south. We made two tacks around the Stags and sailed into Broad Haven on the North Mayo coast. Broad Haven is a wide open bay the other side of the Belmullet peninsula from Black Sod Bay. The inner Bay is very shallow and subject to shoaling so it is not really navigable. The outer Bay would be exposed in a northerly but completely sheltered in a southerly.
There was not much there but a Coast Guard station – house with no roof, a big beach off which we anchored in a bottom of shell mixed with mud, an RNLI boat, and a small fishing pier.
|Alex's turn at the helm|
|Uh oh, squall, but it's behind us!|
|The Stags from the west|
|The Stags from the south|
|Puffy white clouds are a good sign|
|The cliffs at the edge of Broad Haven|
|Another set of Stags inside|
|Lighthouse at Broad Haven Bay|
|Bye bye, sun!|