In less than two weeks' time the CAI will begin their two-week cruise along the north coast and in to Lough Foyle for the Lough Foyle festival! So far there are eleven boats officially registered but more are planning to join.
This is not a skippered cruise or flotilla. Skippers and crew make their own way but cruising in company of others brings a good social element. Why not join in?
If you are planning on coming along you just need to register online here
and/or joining the discussion on the forum here
The outline is as follows - a more detailed briefing will be available before the departure date.
Foyle Festival Cruise
Saturday 21st of June is Neaps. Saturday the 28th of June is Springs.
The main cruise is planned over the fifteen days from Friday 20 June (for those who can take a day off) or Saturday 21st to Saturday 5 July. For those who have only two weeks holiday this works out very well. Curent plan is to congregate in Bangor for by Sunday 21st June (lunch in RUYC), and visit Titanic area by sail on Monday 22nd, and sail on from there.
Suggested itinerary (based on boats travelling from Dublin area).
20 June Friday Depart Dublin Bay area on Friday for Ardglass. HW Dover is 1700 hours so you can carry a north going tide most of the way.
Saturday 21st, depart Ardglass for Bangor. Best time to leave is HW Dover which is 0700. Tide turns south at 1230.
Saturday night in Bangor
Sunday 22nd Lunch Royal Ulster YC
Monday 23 sail to Abercorne Basin Belfast in the morning. Titanic exhibition followed by dinner in a good restaurant.
Tuesday 24 Depart Belfast for Glenarm . North going tide starts around 1000 which works out well.
Wednesday 25 Depart Glenarm for Ballycastle. North going tide is from 1100 hours.
Thursday 26th sail from Ballycastle to Derry - possible to go on pontoon at Greencastle of you arrive too late.
Weekend in Derry
[Sunday Clipper Race starts at Greencastle with Red Arrows air display]
Monday 30 June sail to Rathlin Island. An early start gives a favourable tide.
Tuesday 1 July sail to Portpatrick or Bangor
Wednesday 2 July return home via ports of your choice. Isle of Man would be a good stop on the way.
Return by Saturday or Sunday
Take the boat to Belfast one week early 13-15 June weekend. Leave boat in Bangor at reduced rate.This provides time to spend more time on the way to Derry taking in, perhaps Islay or Rathlin or just spending more time along the way visiting Cushendal for example.
Carry on beyond Derry to Lough Swilly, Mulroy Bay, Tory Island and Sheephaven.
Go round Ireland!