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    Default Ireland Small Boat Trip Inquiry June 2019

    I'm planning to visit Ireland with a group tour in June 2019. After the tour ends Iíll stay on for another week. Iíd really like to have a boating adventure.


    For boating Iíve primarily had small boating experiences: day sailors, kayaks, single ocean and racing sculling shells; and I rowed in college. I exercise regularly though my college days are long behind me. I would hope to find someone or perhaps a couple or family who own a small boat, e.g. an Iain Oughtred design, and would be interested in taking a trip within 9 Ė 15 June 2019.


    I ran across the route of this Raid in Ireland which looked interesting:


    http://intheboatshed.net/2012/07/20/lakelands-and-inland-waterways-ireland-sailing-raid-2012/




    though I have only limited knowledge of Irish geography and Iím open to other suggestions.


    Would any WB Forum readers have a boat in Ireland and interest in doing this? I could pay my share of the costs of course. Alternatively would you know someone, some group, club, or the best online forum in Ireland that I could contact. Please let me know.


    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: Ireland Small Boat Trip Inquiry June 2019

    On the south and west coasts the sea can be huge, and the shore is mostly rock and cliff. I imagine it's better on the east coast.

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    Default Re: Ireland Small Boat Trip Inquiry June 2019

    The southwest coast of Ireland is one of the best cruising areas going. There are plenty of relatively sheltered areas. From Baltimore to the west is an area well sheltered by Islands, Roaring Water Bay, I have never heard it roaring. Where to get a boat from I'm not sure but there is a boatyard in Rosbrinn that might be helpful. Glengariff, Bantry bay, the Kenmare River are all worth exploring.I believe it is also possible to hire boats on the river Shannon which would be good.In Baltimore is a class of boat called a Heir Island sloop, they might be able to help.If you search their website you could find something.

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    Default Re: Ireland Small Boat Trip Inquiry June 2019

    These guys may be abler to offer advice. https://oga.org.uk/areas/dublin-bay
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Ireland Small Boat Trip Inquiry June 2019

    West coast can get a bit lumpy but a great place to go
    https://www.wavelengthmag.com/incred...-wave-surfing/

    Sligo is worth a visit if your near, the drive down the valley is nice as well
    https://www.thejournal.ie/north-west...53920-Jul2018/

    Looks like you can hire a small boat for trip on Lough Gill
    https://www.getmyboat.com/boat-renta...ligo--Ireland/

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    Default Re: Ireland Small Boat Trip Inquiry June 2019

    If you can reschedule into late May... https://www.maritimeworldexpeditions...land-2019.html

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    Default Re: Ireland Small Boat Trip Inquiry June 2019

    Here is a video clip which gives fair impressions what it is like on the west coast of Ireland, on a good day. One scene shows Fastnet Rock off Baltimore. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIzU6Vhpzyw .

    Small boat wise, there are a fair number of Drascombes on the southwest coast. Friendly guys. My tip would be that you register for the Drascombe Assoc. Forum website, and post a message there asking if someone could take you out for a spin from Baltimore, Crosshaven, or from along the east coast. Good luck.

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    Default Re: Ireland Small Boat Trip Inquiry June 2019

    Bring an inflatable kayak or raft and after the tour contrive to be dropped off as far up the River Boyne as you can, and then paddle-drift down. Stop by the Boyne Currach Centre on the way down. The Boyne Valley is beautiful, and there are places worth visiting on the shore or not too far away (get a set of Irish Ordnance Survey Maps, which show all the antiquities). Whatever you do, have fun! I have made several bicycle-camping/folklore study trips in Ireland, and a couple of car trips, and I too have been wondering how to finally go there for the water. I bought an inflatable kayak to supplement my sailboats but the Boyne trip has been on my mind. -- Wade

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