Underway at last: Clare Is., Inishmore, Tralee
|Leaving Ross in drizzly weather|
|Clare Island ahead|
|Lovely sunset over Clare|
|Gull in flight near High Island|
Clearly the island has had some infusion of capital as the waterfront was gleaming with bright newly set concrete pathways and lots of signage in Irish. It is Gaeltacht after all. We walked up past the B&Bs and the tourist office and continued on up the road to Ti Joe Wattys. It was hopping. It seemed that every islander and visitor was in this pub at this time, drinking, listening to music, and eating dinner. The specials were already sold out at 6:30 pm. We opted for a local brew and an order of fish and chips and lobster. Yum. It was perfect. A beautiful sunny day, sitting out on the terrace in good company with full belly.
|Sailing past Slyne Head|
|Blue water at the harbour in Kilronan|
|New signage and walkways around the harbour|
|Boats snuggled up in the 'new' harbour without the promised pontoons|
|The fishing harbour area|
|The American Bar is now just The Bar|
|The Spar is doing a good business|
|The pastoral setting of a former Church|
|Everyone was at Ti Joe Watty's|
|Nice outdoor seating area behind glass|
|Alex's new reading glasses|
|The sky on fire at sunset over Kilronan|
We returned to Aleria and sunset cocktails over good books. What a sunset, although we could have done without the annoying gulls that kept repeating a pattern that sounded like demand for food. No shooing would get them to go.
|Silly Daria at the helm|
The next morning, we set off early and decided we'd go as far as we could get. With westerlies going to SW, we decided that Tralee would be a good quick stopover as we didn't have the time to make Dingle before nightfall. On leaving Inishmore, we sailed through Gregory Sound between it and Inishmaan. The wildlife there was amazing. From the first call of "dolphins!", here was our total by 1000h:
- 20 common dolphins feeding
- 5 bottlenose dolphins playing
- 6 harbour porpoises bow riding
- 1 basking shark scooping
- 52 puffins fishing
|Alex on watch. Aleria moving fast. |
Surprisingly rough seas for the amount of wind.
|Finding a spot to anchor in Tralee Bay|
A beautiful evening anchored in Tralee Bay near a rocky outcropping overshadowed by sand dunes and ringed by hills all around, we enjoyed our first cruising dinner and evening aboard. By morning the conditions had changed and a mist had settled in making visibility a changeable affair. We set off for Dingle on the other side of the peninsula as we'd only been there by land before. We hoped we could get into the marina there if they had a slip available. Our adventure was underway. Meanwhile we were blasting past the Blaskets at 9-10 knots SOG. Whee! What a sleigh ride.
|Up anchor in Tralee, heading for Dingle|