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2019 Pantalaimon to the West Coast of Ireland

This July and August, we took Pantalaimon to Irish West Coast. We were met with amazing wildlife (lots of dolphins, whales, seabirds etc.), stunning scenery and a good craic! We also spent some time in the beautiful Scillies, a favourite of ours that never fails to impress. We had friends join us for part of the time and for three weeks we sailed with just the two of us. We got as far north as Dingle before Northerly winds set in. We then spent the rest of our time visiting every harbour and anchorage that we could around the South West peninsula exploring the Irish Rias. A Ria is a funnel-shaped estuary that occurs at a river mouth and is formed by the submergence of the lower portion of the river valley. Generally occurring along a rugged coast perpendicular to a mountain chain, many rias were formed by the rise in sea level after the melting of the vast continental glaciers. We explored Dingle, Kenmare, Bantry, Dunmanus bay and Long Island Bay around Baltimore. If you get the chance to sail in Southern and Western Ireland, do so. It is stunning, welcoming and the craic is good!

A partial eclipse of the moon!

Meeting up with the Piano boat

Leaving Kinsale

Approaching Baltimore

Crookhaven

Clouds off Mizzen head

Little Skellig

Lots Wife (the Daymark).