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Fairwinds Round Ireland - The South-West
Crookhaven to Lawrence Cove


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Friday 16th July Crookhaven to Lawrence Cove

Left at nine o'clock to catch the tide past Mizen Head, the most South-Westerly point of Ireland. Once out past Alderman Rocks and heading for Mizen we got the sails up and had a pleasant forty minute sail until the wind dropped to four knots and we had to put the engine on. Motored past Mizen about half a mile off with no sign of any tide race one an a half knots of tide with us though, which we carried across the mouth of Dummanus Bay and past Sheep Head. Seas much less lumpy today, but still quite a big swell.

Mizen Head

Half way across the mouth of Bantry Bay between Sheep Head and Castletown Bearhaven a Southerly picked up to seven or eight knots, but there was too much rolling to make much use of it had the main out for a while, but took it down again as it was flogging itself to death.

Went in the W. entrance to Bere Island sound and went into Castleton Berehaven for a look round the harbour before heading up the sound to Lawrence Cove. Castleton is a very busy fishing port, but there is a little anchoring space and there was one yacht in there. After a quick twirl round the harbour we got the sails up and engine off and had a lovely sail in sheltered water and beautiful scenery up the sound to the entrance to Lawrence Cove.

Castleton Berehaven

We took the sails down in the entrance to Lawrence Cove . . . and the engine would not start Jackie's dynastart had broken just above the previous welded repair, and it was just hanging there with no tension on the belts. Kathy suggested using a belt to hold it up, so I took off my trouser belt and tried it and it enabled me to get enough tension on the belts for the engine to start.

The lad who took our ropes said he would contact a welder for us when I explained our predicament. I took off the dynastart, then we showered, did laundry and began to dry out the boat. Haggis for supper then a walk we met a mad dog, found a railway station (very bizarre on a small island) and had a pint with two other Scots couples in the village pub. Gerry and Andrew were from Fort William - it turned out they used to have a Vega before buying their current boat, a very nice looking Malo 96.

Entering Lawrence Cove
From Kilmore Quay Ballycotton Kinsale Glandore Baltimore Schull Crookhaven Lawrence Cove Dingle Smerwick Harbour