Video 19 Sep 24 notes

So down past Castletownshend and home past a cow in a tree, a rusty thing, and some poles! A beautiful morning with beautiful light. 

Video 17 Sep 14 notes

And just when you think you are alone in a creek, out pops a little punt with an outboard! They had the right idea though!

Video 15 Sep 20 notes

Muddy creeks are the most serene and peaceful places you can go in a boat and Rineen Creek is no exception. I had known about the old mill above since I was a child but I had never seen it to this point. An old moss covered sign, pointing to the Old Mill Restaurant, that I passed every morning on the school bus - the only clue I had of it’s existence.

The sign stood at the junction of four roads, not quite a cross road as they were at odd angles and didn’t quite line up, just after a narrow s - bend between cut rock as you left the six or seven houses that made up Rineen. I sat elevated in the bus, able to see deeper into the fields I passed than I could in any car. My vantage point wasn’t good enough however to see that the creek ran the entire length of the wooded valley to the left of the road. Or maybe my attention always fell on the ruined house amongst the trees. Or maybe it was that I just didn’t expect the sea to be there at all, so I never looked down.

It was quite a surprise then, to find that the sheer rock wall at the top of the inlet wasn’t the end at all. The channel went off at a right angle toward another sheer rock face before continuing in the original direction right up under the ruined house tapering off below where the sign once stood.

The water in the creek was milky, with mullet occasionally breaking the surface causing ripples. It looked all the world like some backwater in rainforest documentary, only for the occasional rumble of traffic from the road above above. A tad cooler too!

Video 12 Sep 12 notes

14th August, 2014.

A relatively stable northwesterly took me on one tack all the way down to the base of Scullane point, where there is a beach I had been eyeing up as a possible camping spot on Apple Maps. Most disappointing beach ever! I chucked out the handbrake and had some lunch, before sailing back to Castlehaven, and then heading up the estuary on the flood tide. I had to put a reef in on the way through the narrowest part of the estuary due to the tunnel effect it had on the wind. Out went the handbrake again and it surprisingly held in the mud as I reefed. Past the narrows I entered the wide shallow part of the estuary up at Rineen and settled down in a quiet corner to cook my dinner. Well I thought it was quiet…

It appears I had intruded on this swans territory and he was not happy one bit! I ate my dinner while getting eye-balled and occasionally hissed at. I tried to bribe him away by throwing him bread, which he gladly ate before steaming straight back to the side of the boat to hiss again. After I finally finished my meal, I crept up to the bow pulled up the handbrake and gingerly sculled 20 feet to the shore. And my swan friend? Well it appears that making me move was the name of the game, and he won. Off he cruised down the shoreline!

Video 10 Sep 18 notes

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So I didn’t shoot this video from my Ilur, but on a whale watching trip departing from Castletownshend, the next harbour to the west. The whales are Fin whales, the second largest animal on the planet and they decided to show up off the West Cork coast early this year(they are at their peak in October/ November). My sister was back on home on holiday and it was her idea to go. It’s amazing the things that are on your door step that you never even think about doing because you think they are too tourist-y! Boy am I glad I went, it was fantastic. These guys were filmed several miles off Seven Heads. I would lose my life if they surfaced beside me in An Suire!!

Oh, and if you want whales in your Facebook feed. Here is Cork Whale Watch’s Facebook page: Cork Whale Watch

Video 10 Sep 18 notes

So I didn’t shoot this video from my Ilur, but on a whale watching trip departing from Castletownshend, the next harbour to the west. The whales are Fin whales, the second largest animal on the planet and they decided to show up off the West Cork coast early this year(they are at their peak in October/ November). My sister was back on home on holiday and it was her idea to go. It’s amazing the things that are on your door step that you never even think about doing because you think they are too tourist-y! Boy am I glad I went, it was fantastic. These guys were filmed several miles off Seven Heads. I would lose my life if they surfaced beside me in An Suire!!

Video 8 Sep 14 notes

Introducing the Ilur Handbrake.

Let’s face it, anchoring is a pain in the hole and is only really necessary if you are leaving the boat unattended, or you are camping in the boat for the night. There are however plenty of reasons to want to stop when dinghy cruising, even if it is just to dig out a sandwich or take a breather. 

Ilur Handbrake™ is 4 metres of chain tied to one of my 15 metre dock lines. Stored under my foredeck I just sail into a sheltered spot under a windward shore and chuck out the chain while tying the end of the dock line to the stem. The chain holds by friction rather than weight, it will drape around rocks and kelp on the bottom and grip them. Obviously this should only be used in calm and sheltered areas i.e not on a lee shore in a stiff breeze!

So far i have used it while fishing over a shallow reef, reducing sail in a shallow estuary, hoisting sail in a creek(holds boat head to wind), reefing the sail in a sheltered cove, as a stern anchor to stop the boat swinging while drying out for the night in an estuary and a lunch break in a sheltered cove.

I imagine another way I will use it is in the transitioning from sailing to rowing when landing at a beach or cove. Even if there is no wind it isn’t much fun trying to get oars out and sail down while drifting toward a rocky shore! Ilur Handbrake™ buys plenty of time to tidy up and if it doesn’t hold well and you start to drift you are ready with the oars to get you out of trouble.

Finally it can also be used to temporarily hold you in position while you are getting ready to actor for the night. You can deploy it and wait for a few minutes to see if you are happy with the spot. It will save having to raise and re-set the anchor a number of times.

Video 29 Aug 37 notes

Here is an overlooked little cove at the mouth of Rabbit Island sound. It would a nice spot for a picnic if it wasn’t for the dolphin corpse!!

Video 27 Aug 16 notes

Want to watch a boat being built on your dash? Then follow this tumblr. The boat being built is a Francois Vivier Beg-Meil. Beg-Meil is the same hull as Ilur but it has more of a daysailor configuration with a half deck and coamings.

Video 25 Aug 12 notes

Carrigilihy - A small harbour off Rabbit Island sound, with one amazing tree!

Video 22 Aug 21 notes

July 13th, 2014.

There is a lovely beach at the head of Tralong bay, that is blessed by the lack of parking nearby, so it is only visited by those prepared to walk! I briefly landed on the beach the night before(as the tide was falling) but didn’t bring the camera. Interestingly the west side of the beach has been eroded by the previous winters storms, exposing tree stumps and peat bog. This forest was presumably drowned by rising sea levels, around four thousand years ago, the same sea level rise that turned lough hyne to a saltwater lake from a freshwater lake, forming the rapids I visited earlier.

Video 20 Aug 25 notes

July 12th, 2014.

Tralong bay is in between Millcove and Glandore harbour. It is also a great place for observing peregrines! As I was after beating half way up the harbour. I heard an awful racket behind me; three peregrines fighting over some food. They came tumbling down the cliff and almost ended up in the drink! This juvenile decided to take a breather low down on the cliff - cue me nearly crashing into the cliff to photograph it!

Video 18 Aug 18 notes

July 12th, 2014.

See what I did there?

Photo 14 Aug 16 notes A photo of Teal ghosting out the harbour a few weeks ago.

A photo of Teal ghosting out the harbour a few weeks ago.

Video 12 Aug 6 notes

Anything good in Classic Boat? Teal is featured in the centenarians section and my photo from Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival is used! Also there is a piece about a new Ilur being launched. The title of the piece sure looks familiar!!


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