I sailed over to Ireland and around the South and West Coast, In 2008 It was beautiful, Anchoring most of the time, but beware, dont ask for Guiness, Its Murphy's down in the South, but thats very nice too.
I would love to come in my boat next year, a sail in company is certainly nicer than struggling on alone.
Sunset Aran Islands July 2010.
So what keeps Brits away from Irish waters? Is it the distance, the cost, fear of hostility?
One hull good, two hulls better.
long passages to get to south coast, (fear of hostility) you will find the complete opposite, the locals are very friendly.
Last edited by colvic987; 22-10-10 at 16:07. Reason: clearer explaination of paragragh
Apart from the Kinsale area and Dublin Bay, I'd guess that most of the cruising boats we saw under sail around all the coasts were British flagged. It is very popular with UK sailors (this was August 2005). Rightly so.
Re hostility, I've heard that said about the east coast, but we certainly did not experience hostility anywhere, and that includes Howth and Arklow on the east side. Everyone we had contact with was unfailingly helpful and friendly. The red ensign worn with an Irish courtesy flag caused us no problem.
No strong tides !!! Ever done Kilmore Quay to Howth - some of the strongest tides for such a long stretch of coast, but at least one tide will be with you and make sure that gets you beyond Roslare. Also the North coast of Ireland is another long tidal gate. That said going round Ireland is a really great experience and a real change from going up the West of Scotland most years.
Circumnavigation of Ireland 2009 - http://www.maloyachts.se/Default.aspx?tabid=251
Sailors planning to cruise the east and south coasts of Ireland may find this site of value
Ignore the routes section. Harbours section is good.
ICC sailing directions are excellent for winter reading and passage planning.
Failte to all sailors