DAY 1 - Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015
Arthur's first trip beyond Limerick occurred in 2007 when we participated in a Cruising Club CiC to Kilrush. Every year since then Arthur has undertaken a Coastal Cruise with passages to Fenit, Dingle, Cahersiveen, Bantry Bay, Crookhaven, Schull and the Aran Islands.
2015 marked Arthur's NINTH consecutive sortie on the salty!
In anticipation of Arthur's Coastal Cruise 2015 I had been looking at weather forecasts since early June. Getting to Kilrush enables the planning to really start as we contemplate the 'coastal' passages.
Hence the fixation with forecasts for Brandon Bay (and Smerwick). The forecast for Brandon Bay above shows a 10 day forecast. A pity we were not in Kilrush prior to 22nd/23rd June! But, reality is that we can only ever contemplate a starting point of June 22nd due to Mary's work commitments.
This time we arrived at Arthur's home marina on Tuesday, 23rd June in time to make the 15:00 opening of Portumna Bridge. As always, our eyes are firmly focused on the weather forecast for Brandon Bay (and/or Smerwick). And of course we turn to our trusted friend Windguru for our weather forecasts. We use Brandon Bay as a reference point for the passage from Kilrush to Dingle. And of course we have to get to Kilrush first! Weather for today or tomorrow would have done very nicely for the Kilrush to Dingle passage but unfortunately it will take us a minimum of 2-3 good days to get to Kilrush...weather permitting.
The forecast is not looking very good...but fortunately forecasts can and do change!