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Galicia - Spain’s Celtic Atlantic outpost.

 In preparing for our Passage Planning and Pilotage Course on Galicia in North Western Spain I was doing some research and it has brought memories flooding back from my many visits to Galicia. It is an absolutely fantastic place and with modern cruising boats being bigger the 500 mile journey is within reach of many Irish Yachtsmen. 

In this blog I am hoping to spark an interest in these amazing cruising grounds .... and a gastronomic paradise for fish lovers.

Galicia 

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Why did the Costa Concordia sink?

 The town of Cobh has been a port of call for ocean liners for over 150 years - now about 60 liners visit Cork Harbour each year- we all love the liners!  Everybody in the maritime community was shocked last Friday night with the news of the grounding of the massive Italian cruise liner the Costa Concordia. I spent the weekend trawling the web to try to find out what really happened - this blog is the tragic story of the last voyage of the Costa Concordia on  Friday the 13th of January 2012.

sinking of costa concordia

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My stamp album and the Caribbean - the best sailing waters in the world!

I began my dinghy racing aboard a twelve foot fiberglass una rig boat "Emmy" with my Dad's first cousin, the late Joan Denvir - where my main job was to whistle for the wind! Joan was one of my heros as a child - she braved a world dominated by men - owning her own yacht, sailing across the Atlantic and becoming the first female Commodore of any sailing or yacht club in Ireland when she was Commodore of Cove Sailing Club.

Joan spent a lot of time in the Caribbean and always sent me postcards from Antigua. The pictures on the postcards showed blue waters, green islands, happy people, beautiful yachts and golden beaches - AND.........always SUNSHINE! The stamps repeated this theme and were pride of place in my stamp album........................

Caribbean Sailing 

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“My first sail” - by Cathy Mullan

 In the autumn of 2007 Cathy came to SailCork and did her first course - a weekend yachting course. Cathy continues her interest by doing a Day Skipper Navigation Course during the winter and completing a number of courses afloat before "flying the nest" and becoming an accomplished crew member sailing on a very regular basis in Cork Harbour, Kinsale and Dublin. This blog is Cathy's own story..........do you have a story about your first sail? If so contact us!

Learning with SailCork

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Navigation is fun!

Navigation is the process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft from one place to another. It is a science as old as man. It is vital for all sailors ..... and it is now more exciting than ever!...............

Charts, computers, iPads and iPhones - making navigation easier and much more interesting!

iPad navigation

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Sunshine Sailing in Croatia in October

Escape the gloomy Irish weather and come and enjoy sailing in luxury aboard a 51' yacht in sunny Croatia. See the historic seaport of Dubrovnik and sail the Adriatic and explore the Dalmatian Islands. Feel the warmth of 24 degrees and enjoy swimming, sailing and sunning yourself! Skipper Eddie English will progress your ability afloat and bring you on the voyage of a lifetime! Come aboard......join the fun now!

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Ballinacurra - the last home of the topsail schooners in Cork.

 In days of yore the little port of Ballinacurra in the north east corner of Cork Harbour was bustling with the loading and unloading of sailing ships - tommorrow Sat Sep 24 this activity will be recreated with an armada of sailing boats arriving from all corners of Cork Harbour - boats from 7' to 37' will arrive from around one o'clock until forced to leave by the tide at around four.

Ballinacurra

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Your very first sail!

Do you remember the very first time you sailed? A very special memory - especially the first time you sailed alone! My mind went whizzing back over 50 years remembering my first exploits - this was set in motion as our six year old son Eamonn went solo for the first time and sailed from Cuskinny to East Ferry in Cork Harbour. Read on to hear some stories ...and maybe you might share your first sail with us! Read more

British Virgin Islands Sunshine Cruise - SailCork rules the Caribbean

 Whilst most Irish people brought in the New Year in sub zero temperatures the brave SailCork crew sailed, swam and sunned themselves in 30 degrees in the sunny Caribbean. Eddie English and his crew of latter day pirates had a fantastic cruise in the BVI's (British Virgin Islands) aboard a luxury 50' yacht sailing 140 miles and visiting nearly 20 different anchorages! Read our blog and see how wonderful it is to sail in these islands of paradise!

Caribbean sailing holiday

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Caribbean Sunshine Sailing Holiday

Sail Cork has been helping Irish sailors to enjoy sunshine sailing holidays abroad for nearly 10 years. Eddie English has been navigation and skippering in these warm waters for nearly 20 years - SailCork are heading to the sun again very soon at the end of December - read our blog and see how the SailCork group enjoyed escaping the freezing winter conditions earlier this year.......

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