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Fair winds for the Ovni 435 Kind of Blue, with skipper Garry Crothers taking it easy on the foredeck. Usually he sails with at least two others on board and can relax like this, but for the current Transatlantic voyage home, he’s very much on his own as he faces the extra challenge of being one-armed
Garry Crothers of Lough Swilly YC, who has refused to let life-changing injuries from a horrific motorcycle accident prevent him from fulfilling his dream of sailing the oceans, is now better than halfway home across the Atlantic in his Ovni…
Friendly port and ocean crossroads – Horta in the Azores, with the commercial, ferry and cruise-liner berths in foreground, while the anchorage, old harbour, and yacht harbour are beyond
Today (Monday), the Quinlan-Owens family from Kinvara on Galway Bay with the Atlantic-circuiting 39ft steel ketch Danu have been finally free to roam ashore as they please in Horta on Faial in the Azores, as the next phase in the…
Danu’s crew find their first sunshine as they depart from Ireland in late June 2019
The Quinlan-Owens family of Kinvara on Galway Bay arrived safely in Horta in the Azores this morning after a slow calm-plagued passage from Antigua in the Caribbean. It was all well on board for Marine Institute scientist Vera Quinlan, her…
The 39ft ketch Danu of Galway is on the Atlantic for World Oceans Day today, but should be in Horta in the Azores by Wednesday, and possibly earlier
Today is World Oceans Day Monday, June 8th, and the 39ft ketch Danu of Galway Bay has an Azores landfall in prospect for celebration as she approaches the ocean-crossroads port of Horta in the island of Faial. Although still 150…
Local cruising is now possible – but non-national personal vessels remain banned from Irish ports unless in exceptional circumstances
Boaters are reminded that leisure cruisers and other personal vessels from abroad remain banned from entering ports here, despite the latest relaxation of coronavirus measures. Ireland’s sailing community has hailed the wider return to sailing heralded by the start of Phase 2…
Cork Harbour is a popular Irish cruising destination for UK Boats but the Cruising Association say unwelcome restrictions to cruising in EU countries lie ahead for UK boats
A cruising issue that has been bubbling away for some time is the change in access rules for UK citizens travelling in the EU after the completion of our exit scheduled for the end of this year. At present, the…
When Garry Crothers goes voyaging alone, the categorization of “single-handed sailing” has extra meaning.
Garry Crothers of Lough Swilly YC, who voyages extensively with his 2003-built aluminium Ovni 435 cutter Kind of Blue despite having only one arm as the result of a particularly catastrophic car accident in 2007, was facing a severe problem…
The Hanse 455 Saoirse, with which Wolfgang Bee-Fenix and his Irish-German family have been making a Transatlantic circuit cruise, is expected back in Malahide later on Sunday, after a warm welcome home to Irish waters from both the Customs and…
The Irish-German Bee-Fenix family’s Hanse 455 Saoirse making lots of well-controlled knots under her downwind Transatlantic rig
When your name is Wolfgang Bee and your boat is a top-of-the-line Hanse 455, the smart money would say you’re German. But when your wife is a Fenix from a family with roots in Tippperary and a couple of other…
The fjords of Norway hold endless allure for cruisers
‘Cruising Scandinavia’ is the subject of this evening’s (Wednesday 20 May) online talk presented by Prof Andrew Curtain and hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The Nordic region provides a huge variety of sailing opportunities and a single presentation…
The ketch Danu leaving harbour in Antigua, homeward bound for Galway Bay with 12-year-old Lillian serenading from the foredeck
At Port Aleria on Clew Bay in Mayo, Alex and Daria Blackwell can see their Bowman 57 ketch Aleria when she’s on her moorings off their house. But at the moment, their minds are often elsewhere, as Daria is Vice…
Replace your dull and worn canvas in time for Ireland’s return to cruising with BJ Marine
Irish Beneteau agents BJ Marine are the people to see for spare and replacements parts ahead of the next week’s limited return to boating. Whether it’s a replacement canvas, a cutlass bearing, a stanchion or just a locker catch —…
Alex & Daria Blackwell’s Bowman 57 Aleria revelling in good sailing on Clew Bay in a very different time. These days, Ocean Cruising Club Vice Commodore Daria is busy at home on the shores of Clew Bay, co-ordinating the Atlantic passages of voyaging boats anxious to deal with Covid-19 restrictions, and get clear of the Caribbean and home to Europe or North America before the hurricane season sets in.
Today, all being well, a flotilla of eight boats will be leaving Antigua, bound Transatlantic for Europe in the hope of being well clear of the Caribbean before the hurricane season sets in. Included in the group will be the…
Limited cruising on the Côte d’Azur is now back on the agenda
The first phase of Spain’s transition towards its ‘new normal’ amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic saw boat owners yesterday (Monday 11 May) allowed to set their vessels free from moorings, as International Boat Industry reports. ‘Non-commercial cruising’ in limited groups,…
The dream in fulfillment – the ketch Danu in the Caribbean
The family crew of the 13 metre Bruce Roberts steel ketch Danu from Galway Bay hope to start their long Transatlantic voyage home from Antigua this weekend. The oceanic circuit cruise started nearly eleven months ago when Marine Institute scientist…
UK’s Cruising Association Confirms Proposals For Dyed Diesel Ban On Private Pleasure Craft
The UK’s Cruising Association (CA) says it has confirmed with HM Revenue & Customs that it is their intention to legislate that dyed or ‘red’ diesel can only be used for agriculture, railways and non-commercial heating from April 2022. This…

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