Sherkin to Crookhaven

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Leaving Sherkin Island, we checked out the tiny harbour on Cape Clear Island, then did two laps around Fastnet Rock before stopping for the night in beautiful Crookhaven Harbour, home of Ireland’s most southerly pint. En route we saw another castle and two ancient watchtowers, plus plenty of dramatic scenery.

Trip highlights from June 16, 2017 follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at

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North Channel

We exited Baltimore Harbour through North Channel. It looked a little difficult on the chart, and our cruising guide gave a lengthy and complex description on how to transit, but it turned out to be pretty straightforward with plenty of width and depth.
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A few fishing boats were moored off the wharf at Graiguefrehane.
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Cape Clear Island

Looking northeast along the dramatic coast off Cape Clear Island near North Harbour.
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North Harbour

We nosed in to checkout tiny North Harbour on Cape Clear Island, but didn’t get very far in before the charted depth was lower than we were comfortable in. You can see how small and tight the harbour is in the satellite imagery. A ferry runs here from Baltimore.
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We were right up against the cliffs entering and leaving North Harbour. The ferry ride in and out of the harbour must be exciting in big seas.
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Dun An Oir Castle

14th-century Dun An Oir Castle, perched on a cliff just south of North Harbor, was another O’Driscoll holding. The castle took heavy cannon fire in the 16th century.
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Fastnet Light, clearly visible about two miles ahead. It was dark when we passed a few miles south of the light on our 2,800nm Fastnet-to-Fastnet North Atlantic crossing from Newport, RI to Kinsale, Ireland. We were thrilled to see the light’s bright flash illuminating the sky every five seconds, and really wanted to see the light up close in daylight.
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Fastnet Rock

Fastnet Rock is the most southern point in Ireland and the light on it is known world-wide, partly because it is the turn-around point of the classic ocean sailing race of the same name. Read more …
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Streek Head

The soaring cliffs of Streek Head on the south side of the entrance to Crookhaven Harbour.
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Crookhaven Lighthouse

The Crookhaven Lighthouse dates to 1843 and has been converted to guest accommodations. At the far right is a dramatic modern cottage with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and sweeping views. Not a bad place to stay.
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An old watchtower overlooking the harbour entrance.
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Much of the Crookhaven Harbour is filled with moorings, but there was plenty of room to anchor at the east end. This is the view to Crookhaven village from our anchorage.
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The Roadstone Quarry along the north shore of Crookhaven Harbour supplied gravel for Welsh roads until the the 1930s.
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Second Watchtower

A second watchtower visible from the anchorage.

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