It was a lovely morning and we were soon underway, thinking we might stop in to Inishmurray if the forecast for a calm day proved true. At this point, it was not. Once again we were soaring up the North Mayo coast in a SE. Then we realized it was almost 70 miles to Killybegs. That's a long day. We'd have to go straight there.
We passed inside the Stags on a perfect course heading for Teelin doing more than 9 knots with the current; we couldn't make Killybegs on our current heading as the wind had backed to ESE and we were hard on the wind, trimming sails to the shifts as if in a dinghy. The chop was surprisingly uncomfortable out there. It was going to be a long trip bashing into the waves on a beat all day.
When the wind died altogether, the chop lessened and we were able to furl the headsail and take the others down. Now we could motor at full speed directly to the anchorage. I revved her up to 2800 rpm, and she purred along happily.
We arrived at Killybegs after dark and fortunately all of our lights were working. Several fishing boats came out as we were heading in. We dropped anchor in Walker's Bay, way out of the way of the massive trawlers coming and going around the clock. The din in the harbour from the engines kept running around the clock is just amazing. Once you notice it, you cannot unnotice it.
The next morning was supposed to be calm and clear, perfect weather in which to take down and stow the sails and dodger. That's what we did ... on deck. Not easy, but not too bad. At least it was relatively dry after the dew dried up. We got it done before the wind started piping up.
|Passing the bleak and craggy North Mayo Atlantic coast|
We cleaned up and retired to the Tara Hotel where we had a bath, drinks and fine dinner. The bus ride home the next day was not arduous as we left everything aboard and planned to return by the car the following week.
Another season done and dusted. Another dark, wet fall during which to write has arrived.
|Eagle Island off Erris Head|
|Showers missing us|
|Killybegs in the morning|
|The new small craft harbour already sold out|
|Aleria lifting out|
|Another fisherman coming in|
|View of the new marina in Killybegs|
|Aleria on the hard seen from our room at the Tara hotel|
|The new marina pontoons|
|Aleria's bottom after a year in the water. Very clean. Not one barnacle.|
|Alex bringing closing down.|