|Inishvickilane and Inishnabro in the Blasket Islands|
We were heading for our friends' favourite anchorage in Ireland in the Blasket Islands. Wedged between Inishvickilane and Inishnabro, the anchorage is tenable only in settled weather. The wind had abated but there was still a considerable swell. We poked our nose in and decided we'd have to be tucked right under the high cliffs to be comfortable at all and if the wind blew up, that's a place we'd not like to be at night.
|Tour boat coming in to pick up tourists walking the island|
A voice came on the VHF radio hailing the sailboat leaving Inishvickilane. That would be us! I answered and swtched to a working channel. It was the power boat asking if we were looking to land on the island offering to take us there. No, I said, we were just checking out the anchorage, thanks very much. And we continued on our way to Ventry as a backup destination. The tourists went home then, too. We saw the sailboat anchor very close to where the ICC pilot book says is foul bottom. We hoped the anchor eating monster was not in residence that day for their sake.
The wind died altogether and we motored into Ventry. It was supposed to blow up a bit from the North and Ventry would provide good shelter. It is a big wide open bay. There is a fish farm along the western shore near the entrance to the bay which is very hard to detect. Great care must be taken to avoid it.
The weather was grey with occasional sprinkles. Hot in the sun. Cold when it hides. On again, off again weather. Tomorrow, the forecast is for 20°C and no wind. Looking forward to the sun. Not looking forward to motoring more.
|Tour boat and sailboat anchored off Inishvickilane|
|The craggy Blaskets|
|Cashel on the hill.|
|Gannets in flight|
|The entrance to Ventry|
|The beach leading out from the village|
|Pretty countryside along Ventry Harbour|
|The fish farm in Ventry|
|Horses on the beach|