|Approaching the anchorage at Inishturk.|
The island of the wild boar
Mayo Sailing Club near Westport in County Mayo Ireland is fortunate to have access to several remarkable islands off the coast within a day's sail out of Clew Bay. There is Clare Island guarding the entrance to Clew Bay, Inishturk just to the South and the uninhabited Inishkeas just to the North. Every bank holiday in the summer, the Club organizes cruises in company to the islands or to Killary Harbour, also within easy reach. This time, for the May Bank Holiday, we were off to Inishturk. Inishturk is inhabited by a small year round population. It is not a touristy island but rather a place where real people live. That makes it truly special.
|Young sailors first day out|
We sailed out ahead of the fleet as we were bound by the tides getting out from our inlet where our mooring is. It was a brisk sail on a chilly but clearing day. But when we arrived at Inishturk, there were no boats and the harbour appeared exposed. We decided to turn back towards Clare Island where one of our other Club boats had gone. We were already past Caher Island when we saw two other boats sail in to Inishturk and the Commodore rang to tell us he was in the hotel with the fleet of dinghies. So back we went.
|The dinghy fleet exposing novices to sailing|
|Commodore Eoghan Cunningham with young people from Inishturk|
|Beautiful artwork in a picnic area overlooking the harbour|
A nice pint and a delicious meal was served up to the visiting sailors while the talk of the day centered around sailing. Unfortunately, the forecast was for deteriorating conditions over the next 24 hours so the racing and dinner for the second night were cancelled and the decision was made for the fleet to return to safety the following morning. As we had the farthest to go back to Aleria anchored in the harbour and it was a very dark night, we decided to cut the evening short at about 2300.
|The pier and the anchorage with the MSC fleet|
We awoke to a pronounced but not uncomfortable rocking motion. But when we looked out at the boats on moorings, the smallest was bucking like a bronco. We were getting seasick just looking at her. She soon slipped her mooring and headed into the pier for some respite.
|B&B and Post Office on Inishturk|
Today, we were getting in just in the nick of time within the calm before the storm. Sometimes it is nice to be lucky. Of course, living out here makes me feel like the luckiest person alive.
|The unparalleled view from the Community Club on Inishturk.|
|Moody day in Clew Bay|
|Heading in to the anchorage in the inner Bay past Inishoo|
|Anchored at Inishgowla|
|How accurate are our charts? Not. Here we are in the channel coming into our inlet at Ross.|