Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 14-09-2015, 14:50   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Scotland
Boat: Bill O'Brien 1975 'Amazon' 8m x 4.5m Ketch-Cutter Cruising Cat & Wharram 'Melanesia' 5m Outrigger
Posts: 70
Scotland NW to Med via Ireland W Coast

Wondered if anyone has tried to get to the Mediterranean from NW Scotland by sailing West of Ireland ... preferably, without ending up in Madeira, the Canaries or the Azores en route! Naturally, it would be necessary to get an appropriate weather window and to avoid getting caught on an Irish lee shore.

On the other hand, it might be possible to take the scenic route ie to day sail/coast hop down the West Coast of Ireland but then the Bay of Biscay might prove problematic!

Interested to hear your thoughts on this possibility, especially if you have actually sailed this route without crossing the Atlantic or worked your way down the West Coast of Ireland. Thanks for your input.
__________________

__________________
Bobcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-09-2015, 11:47   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Scotland
Boat: Bill O'Brien 1975 'Amazon' 8m x 4.5m Ketch-Cutter Cruising Cat & Wharram 'Melanesia' 5m Outrigger
Posts: 70
Re: Scotland NW to Med via Ireland W Coast (in a small cruising catamaran)

Hope to do this in a small cruising catamaran 2016/17
__________________

__________________
Bobcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-12-2015, 04:49   #3
Registered User

Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 9
Re: Scotland NW to Med via Ireland W Coast

Hi . We've got a J120. We sailed Westport to Corunna, with victualling in dingle on the way. 70 hrs Dingle to Corunna. 2012 Don't be anxious about west coast of Ireland. It's brilliant. Loads of really sheltered a anchorages. In fact I reckon apart from the rain it's the best crusing I've ever done. And it's in the Lee of the West Indies.
We then returned to uk. But then coast hopped all the way from Plymouth to Sardinia 2013 only 2 overnighters, Royanne to San Sebastián and Minorca to Corsica.
Happy to give more info. Good luck. Gareth of Jalfrezi


Sent from my iPad using Cruisers Sailing Forum
Gareth Thomas
__________________
jalfrezi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-12-2015, 14:12   #4
Registered User
 
Hydra's Avatar

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lorient, Brittany, France
Boat: Gib'Sea 302, 30' - Hydra
Posts: 1,229
Re: Scotland NW to Med via Ireland W Coast

Bobcat,
If you find a suitable succession of weather windows, yes it's possible to go from Scotland to Spain by sailing west of Ireland. I agree with jalfrezi, the cruising there is superb and there are plenty of anchorages. It's my favourite cruising ground. But I would not be there in winter, mainly because of the seastate off the headlands.

I strongly suggest you install a Navtex receiver, to get long term weather forecasts (wifi or mobile Internet don't work everywhere on Irish coast).

Alain
__________________
Hydra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-12-2015, 11:20   #5
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: UK winter, Greece summer
Boat: Charter vessels!
Posts: 314
Re: Scotland NW to Med via Ireland W Coast

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
Wondered if anyone has tried to get to the Mediterranean from NW Scotland by sailing West of Ireland ... preferably, without ending up in Madeira, the Canaries or the Azores en route!
<snip>
I had a plan to take the boat from Oban to the Mediterranean over a year's sailing - via W Ireland, Scillies, NW Brittany, A Coruna, Lisboa, Lagos, Cadiz, and into the Med.

The plan went beautifully wrong. Scotland was captivating with it's hundreds of anchorages, wildlife and magnificent scenery. It took 2 months to escape - and a vow to return next year.

West Ireland also took 2 months, then another month for the south coast. What an incredibly hospitable place! The Scillies were a good stop en route to the unplanned destination of Falmouth - and a month in S Devon and Cornwall, with winter layup in Falmouth.

Next season, of course, I went to Scotland and back to visit the places I'd missed first time around - and some of the old favourites. This time we took off from Ireland to A Coruna, since there was a nice weather window. Loved the complete change of culture in N Spain, so worked back along the coast to France . . . then north to W Brittany. Got stuck wandering Biscay for 3 years.

Eventually got to Turkey 10 years after starting out.

Those who rush south to the Med from UK miss some of the greatest cruising in the world, and amazing culture differences between the various Celtic tribes.

Not exactly the greatest weather though!

Most of this written up on my site - just google "jimb sail"

JimB
__________________
jckb is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
catamaran, cruising sailboat, Ireland, Scotland

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crew Wanted: West coast Scotland to Portugal (Algarve) August stevensuf Crew Archives 0 12-07-2015 14:54
Charts of Ireland and Scotland aneblanc Navigation 1 26-11-2013 11:29
Scotland, Wales, Ireland Phantom Corsair Europe & Mediterranean 27 08-05-2013 15:14
Crew Available: Atlantic Crossing Wanted: Northern Michigan / East Coast to Ireland / Scotland Solan495 Crew Archives 1 11-05-2011 05:03
The Med from Ireland by Christmas ? swagman Europe & Mediterranean 3 27-10-2005 07:48



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:47.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.