Commodore Vincent Lundy at Bangor Marina

Summer Cruise Report 2020

Commodore Report on the Summer Cruise 12th August to 24th August 2020

The schedule consisted of three primary musters

Malahide 12th August – BBQ

Carlingford 14th August – 2 Course Dinner

Bangor RUYC 19th August – 3 Course Dinner

 

Malahide Muster 12th August

Timballoo left Howth on 11th August for Malahide motoring against a gentle head wind arriving with the running tide at 16:30hrs (HW17:30hrs). Asile was already berthed and Simon assisted taking our warps.

Arriving one day early offered the opportunity to assist in the arrangements for the MYC BBQ on 12th August. Since the evening of the 12th was going to be fine and dry, we moved the BBQ outdoors, arranging service under the marquee and laying out the tables per boat. 

The catering was excellent with a choice of steak, chicken or fish followed by a choice of deserts at a charge of €26.50 per head. Seconds were plentiful.

Aldebaran and Baily II had departed directly from Howth for Carlingford bypassing Malahide and some boats preferred to hold up in Howth and travel by land to Malahide.

The boats berthed in the Malahide marina included Timballoo, Asile, Rhapsody, Rhiannon, Thinksys, Jigsaw, Jemani and Seod na Farraige, These last two boats owned by George Rice and Andrew Kenny respectively are new members to the CAI. The manager of the Malahide marina Damien Offer has been supporting the CAI for a number of years now and didn’t let us down this year with 50% berth discounts for the CAI members.

There were 38 at the BBQ representing twelve of the boats on the cruise.

Timballoo, Asile, Rhapsody, Rhiannon, Thinksys, Jigsaw, Jemina, Seod na Farraige, Nanuq of Lorne, Nos na Gaoithe, Phixius and Ostara. Ostara is owned by the new members Derek & Rose Duff.

Our guests of honour were the Commodore of MYC Dan Flavin and his partner Therese, Commodore Vincent thanked MYC, their staff and the caterers for providing the CAI with facilities and services which were second to none and remarked on the generous support MYC has given to the CAI over the years. This was a great start to the cruise, demonstrating the CAI’s ability to cruise in a manner that met all aspects of health and safety recommendations. Commodore Dan Flavin gave a great welcome speech to the CAI and covered some of the arrangements MYC had undertaken to get the club activities going in a safe environment

Since the evening of the 12th was going to be fine and dry, we moved the BBQ outdoors, arranging service under the marquee and laying out the tables per boat. The catering was excellent with a choice of steak, chicken or fish followed by a choice of deserts at a charge of €26.50 per head. Seconds were plentiful.

Aldebaran and Baily II had departed directly from Howth for Carlingford bypassing Malahide and some boats preferred to hold up in Howth and travel by land to Malahide.

Some boats headed for Carlingford on the Thursday while most held off until the Friday before setting off.

Carlingford Muster 14th August

At 09:30hrs on Friday 14th August Timballoo along with Rhapsody, Jigsaw, Asile, Jemani and Seod na Farriage set off for Carlingford with Nos na Gaoithe and Rhiannon having headed up on the Thursday. A motor sail, in a lumpy sea and on a tight beat for most of the journey until two hours outside Greenore when the wind backed easterly and the sun came out to lift the spirits and warm the bodies. A nice reach on flatter seas till the Hellyhunter when the wind calmed and the running tide of 2.5kts carried us up Carlingford lough to arrive at Carlingford marina at 18:00hrs with a reception from the earlier arrivals to take our warps.

 

The marina was running a special deal of €25 per night which the CAI members availed of. Dinner was scheduled for 19:30hrs, consisting of a two course meal costing €25 per person. A welcome meal with the guests of honour being the Commodore of Carlingford Sailing Club Pat McCormick and his partner Ruth. We were also honoured by four members of the Carlingford Sailing Club joining us for the dinner. In all we had 36 diners represented by 11 boats who had now berthed in Carlingford Marina, Timballoo, Asile, Rhapsody, Rhiannon, Jigsaw, Jemani, Seod na Farraige, Nanuq of Lorne, Nos na Gaoithe, Baily II and Aldebaran

Bangor Muster 19th August

The opportunity was available for free sailing prior to meeting up in Bangor Marina on 19th August for the three course dinner in the RUYC at a cost of £20 per person. Always a favourite with CAI members and Kevin Baird manager of the Bangor Marina generously gave a 50% discount to CAI members for the duration of their stay in the marina. The CAI fleet temporarily dispersed in different directions, Some boats,Baily II and Jigsaw were returning south and home, while most were heading for Ardglass.

On Saturday 15th at 11:30hrs nine boats left for Ardglass with the prospect of a fine sunny day and a NE wind to allow for a tight motor sail to Ardglass. A comfortable sail with a brisk breeze which made berthing in the Ardglass marina a little bit tricky, but with many hands to assist everyone arrived into their berths safely. Timballoo, Asile, Rhapsody, Rhiannon, Jemani, Seod na Farraige, Nanuq of Lorne, Nos na Gaoithe, and Aldebaran having all arrived by 17:30hrs were in plenty of time to organise a local eatery for the evening. Phixius was to follow up from Dublin hoping to meet up in Bangor for the dinner.

Timballoo had organised with John Murphy (Enigma) for his mechanic to check out Timballoo’s engine in Bangor on the Monday so would head off on the Sunday with the rest of the fleet following on the Monday.

By Wednesday all the boats had gathered in Belfast Lough, Nanuq of Lorne and Asile had gone to Belfast, while Serenity was on the hard in Carrickfergus awaiting its anti foulant, leaving Timballoo, Rhapsody, Rhiannon, Seod na Farraige, Nos na Gaoithe,Enigma and Aldebaran in Bangor Marina. Jemani had headed back south from Ardglass making their way home to Greystones. Phixius had made it to Ardglass but the weather had turned sour with winds of over 30Kts expected.

On Wednesday 19th August the RUYC hosted a three course dinner for forty CAI guests represented by 11 CAI boats. The CAI guests of honour were the Vice Commodore of the RUYC Alan Espey and his partner Joan, Alan gave a hearty welcome to the CAI prior to service to which Vincent responded towards the end of the meal. Michael McGinn, the house manager had done an excellent job in organising the evening and the table layouts but the star of the night was our chef Przmek who had delivered a spectacular meal and the CAI members gave him a standing ovation.

The fleet laid up in Bangor and Belfast to allow the storm to abate.

We were on the periphery of storm Ellen which had done a lot of damage throughout county Cork. It wasn’t until the weekend that the weather abated enough to consider our journeys south and home. 

John Mc inerney booked two tables in the Crawsfordsburn Inn a short distance from Bangor. It’s a 16 th century coach house beautifully maintained . Vincent and Gerry from Timbaloo , Noel Lapin and family from Rhiannon , john Mc Inerney , Liam Schweppe and john Sedgwick from Nos Na Gaoithe pilled into three taxis to get there for 7 o’clock. In John’s words, “Luckily the tables were not too far apart so we could talk while we ate some very nice food and good wine 🍷 a befitting end to our cruise.” 

Homeward Bound 23rd August

On Sunday 23rd August the weather abated to allow the boats to head for Ardglass, with some heading for Carlingford or Strangford Lough as they made their way home. Timballoo, Rhapsody, Rhiannon, Seod na Farraige, Nos na Gaoithe, and Aldebaran left Bangor for Ardglass around 09:00hrs in a WSW of 15kts with a light drizzle. The wind peaked at 26 kts but was a comfortable reach and with tide underneath us we reached through the Donaghadee pass at nearly 10kts.

We all arrived safely in Ardglass by 15:00hrs in plenty of time to organise the evening meal. Having retired to Rhapsody for a whiskey night cap, we watched the tide ebb uncovering rocks we had never seen before. At the lowest tide our berth depth was just over 2 metres and we would be leaving for Dublin on a falling spring tide in the morning with a low tide forecast for 09.30hrs. Most boats had left Ardglass by 07:00hrs into a flat sea and good SE wind of 12kts. And just to add to our pleasure the sun honoured our presence for most of the day. Thewind eventually picked up as we passed Lambay, peaking 24kts and we had berthed safely in Howth by 16:15hrs.

Phixius had returned safely to Howth previously and Asile was enjoying the scenery of Stangford Lough, eventually returning to Arklow on 28th August. Serenity got launched and tripped over to Portpatrick for a short visit while Enigma returned to Carrickfergus awaiting the winter berthing rates to come in to play.

The planning and the support from Paul & Margaret Fay, John Leahy, Clifford & Darina Brown and David Meeke and the CAI members helped make this a memorable cruise under some of the most difficult and restrictive circumstances.

A challenge which the CAI members met with the highest regard for the health and safety of everyone concerned, over and above the recommendations issued by the government bodies.

We may have lost out on the Inner Hebrides but we gained Belfast Lough.

 

Vincent Lundy

Commodore