Celtic Mist sails in The Gathering Cruise 2013

23rd Jul 2013

Celtic Mist departed Dun Laoghaire last Thursday morning 18th of July as part of The Gathering Cruise 2013, with seven excited IWDG crew members on board!  Shortly after leaving Dun Laoghaire, we were flagged down by a fishing trawler who insisted on throwing some lobster onboard!  The sea was glass like and the sun was shining, despite perfect weather conditions, sightings were few until two Dolphins were sighted south of Wicklow head.

A member of crew being a qualified chef was a huge bonus and made the voyage extremely enjoyable, great food, great weather and great company! The IWDG team spent the first night in Arklow where they received a warm welcome yet again by Arklow RNLI, followed by a BBQ with the rest of The Gathering Fleet in Arklow Sailing Club. Many local IWDG members in the Arklow area also took the opportunity to come onboard and visit Cetlic Mist. Arklow RNLI welcome Celtic Mist

Friday morning the crew set sail from Arklow in the direction of Kilmore Quay, County Wexford. As the winds had increased, this provided the team with the opportunity to raise the sails and enjoy the sounds of only the wind and waves. Harbour Porpoise and Minke Whales were sighted off the Wexford coastline before Celtic Mist rounded the south eastern tip of Ireland at Carnsore Point. The crew on board received a warm welcome into Kilmore Quay by more local IWDG members that came to visit their new vessel. 

The following morning, Saturday, Celtic Mist departed Kilmore Quay cruising towards the Great Saltee Island where a Rissos Dolphin was seen feeding beneath many gannets just west of the famous gannet colony. Celtic Mist headed south around the Coningbeg Rock before raising the sails and sailing towards Dunmore East.

A minke whale also visited the vessel for a brief moment and many other dolphins were sighted by the rest of the Gathering Fleet en route just south of Ballyteigue bay, County Wexford.  Saturday evening Celtic Mist arrived into Dunmore east welcomed by our local members, Dunmore East harbour master and Waterford sailing club. Following dinner on deck at sunset, the IWDG crew joined the other sailors of the fleet for some drinks and story telling in the local sailing club.

Sunday morning Celtic Mist departed Dunmore East in search of sightings, although the sea conditions dampened their hopes, the winds had increased and the crew enjoyed another sunny days sailing at sea and spent the evening on anchor in Youghal harbour.  On Monday the crew set sail from Youghal to Crosshaven where they were given a warm welcome to the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Tonight, Tuesday the crew will enjoy another BBQ in Oysterhaven with the fleet.

Celtic Mist will take part in the Parade of Sail into Kinsale harbour tomorrow afternoon at 1.00pm where all the crew will enjoy a welcome home party with the rest of The Gathering Cruise fleet tomorrow night.

The second leg of The Gathering Cruise will depart  Kinsale on Friday morning for their destination Dingle, Celtic Mist will visit Glandore Friday evening just in time for the final of the Glandore regatta and yet another BBQ!!  The IWDG crew onboard hope to take in Baltimore, Cape Clear, sail past the famous Fastnet Lighthouse and visit various other harbours in West Cork en route to Valentia followed by the final welcome home party in Dingle. If you are in the area make sure and call by to visit the IWDG team onboard Celtic Mist!

You can also follow the journey of Celtic Mist and The Gathering Cruise on www.marinetraffic.com

Deirdre Slevin

Celtic Mist