Day 1: Tuesday, July 20th, 2010.
"Arthur" departed Portumna and started the trip down Lough Derg bound for Limerick via Killaloe, Parteen Weir, Ardnacrusha and the Abbey River. In late June we had already enjoyed a two-week trip to Limerick, Kilrush, Liscannor, The Cliffs of Moher and The Aran Islands. On this second coastal cruise we hoped to travel south. Last year's abortive effort saw us reach Cahersiveen. This year we hoped to go further south....Bantry Bay was in our sights. However there were other hurdles to be overcome first! In 2008 and 2009 we had been part of a three boat Cruise-in-Company. This time we were going to have to complete two significant passages by ourselves....a first for "Arthur" and her crew who were so used to cruising in company! On this occasion we would have to negotiate Limerick to Kilrush and Kilrush to Dingle on our own. Many questions remained to be answered.
We set out in glorious sunshine and encountered 'Lady Faye' and 'Miss Eva' close to Williamstown. They were returning from the recent Cruising Club event at Scarriff. We stopped for approx. 15 minutes before continuing on our journey.