IWDG taking bookings for Autumn/Winter weekend series

21st Sep 2011 With our summer series of courses on Cape Clear Island now successfully completed, IWDG are pleased to offer a limited number of places to non-members on our 2 Autumn & Winter Whale-Watching weekends based in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.

During the 3 summer courses on Cape Clear we had some memorable sightings of basking shark, harbour porpoise, common dolphin and minke whale. Not bad, given the pretty awful weather that prevailed throughout much of the summer. But these Autumn/Winter weekends are more geared towards sightings of large whales, namely fin and humpback whales, which historically show a strong peak in West Cork between Oct-Dec.

As with 2010, we have two Whale Watching weekends planned, on 28-30th Oct and 25-27th Nov., based on participants staying in the Celtic Ross Hotel. The emphasis on these is different to our Cape courses as: they are based on the mainland, as against an offshore Island, they are held during winter period as against summer, and while they are instructional in nature, with at least two presentations over the weekend, we do not consider these to be "courses" as such, but should be considered as an active land & boat based whale watching weekend.

Another key difference is that for logistical reasons, all participants will be staying in the Celtic Ross Hotel, with whom we have negotiated an excellent weekend rate of €120 (which includes 2 nights B&B, an evening meal and pack lunch). If the weather is suitable we will have a full Saturday on the water on the MV Holly Jo with local Whale Watch skipper, Colin Barnes, who's experience at locating and working around whales is second to none.

As it is difficult to guage demand, the plan is to fill the 1st weekend (28-30th Oct) before accepting bookings for the 2nd one (25-27th Nov). Each weekend is limited to the first 12 confirmed bookings and there are currently 7 places left for the 1st weekend.

Please note these weekends are not for the feint-hearted, and are unlikely to be enjoyed by anyone in poor health, prone to excessive sea-sickness or who doesn't have a sense of humour. This is potentially whale watching at its very best, but we remind you that it is also the North Atlantic in early winter, and we can't guarantee either calm seas or whales. But we can of course guarantee that if the whales are present and the weather Gods are smiling that you will have one of the best whale watching experiences of your life.

So if interested in attending, or if you'd like to enquire further please see details below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bookings, enquiries and payments (payable to IWDG) should be sent to:

Pádraig Whooley

IWDG, Dereen, Rossmore, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Email: padraig.whooley@iwdg.ie

Ph. 00-353-23-8838761

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