Update to Cruise in Company Carlingford and Belfast Loughs


Ahoy !

We are now in a better position regarding berthing and catering arrangments for this summer cruise in company.

We have organised berthing and catering at our three prime stopovers. We will require berthing and catering prebooking for Malahide, Carlingford and Bangor. It is anticipated that each venue meal will take the form of a two course meal priced in the region of €25 to €30 pp.
Following on with covid compliance and restrictions we anticipate that we will have tables of 6 persons. Should you have another crew you are happy to share a table with please indicate on the
provided questionnaire the name of the boat and crew.

A questionnaire has been compiled to assist with the organisation of the catering and berthing at each primary venue. Having paid your boat administration fee of €20 Please now CLICK ON THIS LINK TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE

“After those who have paid their deposit have indicated their numbers for dining at each of the venues we shall open dining to other persons not taking part in the cruise. This will be done by way of a separate post nearer to the commencement of the cruise.”

It has been an incredibly difficult year for us all but the bottom line is that we need to go cruising. Needless to say, we are bound to remain compliant with all restrictions imposed and these same conditions will dictate the levels of social interaction for the safety of our membership. Indeed is our duty to do so.

We have opened this year’s cruise in company up and based the cruise around key locations where a greater number of boats may be accommodated within the safety of a marina able to accommodate our numbers. These marinas are locations where, restrictions permitting, we shall endeavor to organise evening gatherings for all by way of BBQ’s or evening meals. These primary locations are denoted in red. You will find that there are days between primary locations where you may cruise at your leisure to enjoy the coastal havens and anchorages.

A particular welcome is extended to new members and those with home ports in the Northern Region.

Please now browse over the tabled outline and register by payment of a non-refundable admin fee below along with completion of the questionnaire. We look forward to seeing you all on the water. Be sure to fly the flag for the Cruising Association of Ireland https://cruising.ie/merchandise/ 

CAI member Betty Armstrong has penned a related article on afloat.ie more information here.

Vincent Lundy
Commodore CAI


DateDay NumberDescription
Wed 12th AugustDay 1Muster in Malahide HW 1900 
MYC evening BBQ €26.50 for steak and a dessert. Note this is limited to 30 people. Malahide Marina confirm 50% Discount on 12th and 13th August for CAI members.
Day 2Stay Malahide or proceed to Skerries or Carlingford 
Friday 14thDay 3HW 0830  LW 1415  depart up to 1030 for  Carlingford 35nm 7hrs  HW 21:00  
Entry possible half tide  so after 1715 for 1.8m vessel. Catering possible at several locations Carlingford YC, Marina are two. 
Sat & Sun
15/16th August
Days 4 & 5HW DVR 0900 so neap tide runs north for six hours. Towards Belfast Lough. 36 nm Possible stop in Ardglass as desired or go in one hop to Bangor/ Abercorn Belfast City / Carrickfergus. Might split the fleet but no problem. So, one night Ardglass is possible and the golf club could be good venue. Summary:  Saturday leaving Carlingford to be in Abercorn on Monday around noon – free sailing in between but co-ordinated at the time in a natural manner between skippers.
Mon 17th AugustDay 6To be at  Belfast Abercorn HW 1045 LW 1700   
Could spend 2 nights here or >>>>> 
Tues 18th AugustDay 7Stay Belfast or sail to CarrickFergus.  HW 1200 LW 1800  
Wed & Thur 19/20th AugustDays 8 & 9To Bangor 7nm  2hrs  HW 1330 LW 1930
BBQ or Yacht Club buffet depending on the arrangements in place at the time. To be notified as soon as firm options become available. The second day is for sightseeing, sailing the lough or whatever is available. To be decided at the time between skippers. There are many options locally.
FRI to SUN 21/23rd AugustDays 10 to 12Free sailing home via Strangford or Ardglass, Carlingford, Skerries or, perhaps IOM for those with time. Even North to Islay Rathlin free sailing. 
Primary Key locations denoted in red

Outline Plan

Covid Regulations
Members are expected to ensure that their boat and crew comply with all regulations and advisory notices in place at the time. We will all  exhibit exemplary adherence to the letter and more importantly the spirit of any regulations or advice from competent authorities North and South.

A questionnaire has been compiled to assist with the organisation of the catering and berthing at each primary venue. Having paid your boat administration fee of €20 Please now CLICK ON THIS LINK TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE