Knightstown, Valentia Island, in the Kingdom of Kerry
|Another beautiful day of sailing - leaving the Costa del Cork!|
|The Bull, the Cow, the Calf, |
and the Heifer off Dursey Head
We tacked along the Beara peninsula and needed to make one extra tack to avoid a trawler fishing out there. We saw the boat we thought was John Preisler's motor sail through Dursey Sound under the cable car. There is a vertical clearance of 21 metres (69 feet) when the cable car is not running. With our mast height of 60 feet plus instruments adding another 5 feet, we felt it was rather close to take a chance on making it through between cable cars.
|A boat rounding close in to Bray Head, Valentia Island -|
note the layer of fog.
|There are some interesting rocks out there.|
Valentia seemed like the place to be in the approaching gale. Once we turned the corner into Dingle Bay the wind died and the swell increased so we decided to motor the last hour into Valentia.
|Flocks of birds just hanging out|
There was supposed to be a marina in Valentia but no one knows if it will ever happen now. The story is that the big outer pontoon went walkabout as soon as it was installed, and it took the reserve funds to re-secure it.
They said they had squeaked by under the cable car which had unnerved them. They quickly took showers and went ashore to find some dinner. We cooked BBQ chicken aboard. The night was fairly calm but the gale was due the following afternoon. All was quiet on the docks.
|Fog all around us but we were clear|
|The Skelligs in fog.|
|The gannets have made a real comeback|
|This rock has two helipads, |
one completely taken over by gannets
|Approaching Valentia Harbour from Dingle Bay|
|Patrick and Consilla tidying up|
|Ferry from Knightstown to Cahersiveen|
|The pontoon at Knightstown|
|Aleria at the dock.|
|No gale yet. All quiet.|
|Reading below - Alex loves my new reading glasses!|
|Bye bye sun!|