May 20 – Carlingford to Ardglass 30nm

By | May 20, 2012

We set off at 10am Sunday under a cloudy sky dressed in full wet weather gear. By midday the sun had come out, the sky was blue and the sunglasses were on. Summer has arrived.

Carlingford Lough was flat calm and a different world from the seething mass of water the day before.

St John's Lighthouse with the distant mountains of Mourne

St John's Lighthouse with the distant mountains of Mourne

A gentle sail on a fine reach took us up the coast towards Ardglass, some 20nm north of Carlingford Lough entrance. After 2 hrs the wind died and it was engine-on and motor sailing from then until the wind filled in for a final hour of sailing.

We arrived in Ardglass at 5pm at low water but a careful negotiation of the buoyed channel – there was an unexpected east cardinal which caused us to do a 360 whilst we rechecked the chart- saw us to a berth in the tiny marina.

Ardglass itself is a picturesque harbour; in a working fishing port sort of way. Not a lot in the town, being Sunday, so fish and chips tonight.

Tomorrow it's off to Bangor marina on Belfast Lough. An 11am start to catch the tide for a 40nm passage.

Passage Stats and Route

  • Carlingford to Ardglass: 30nm
  • Sailed: 3 hrs / Motored 4 hrs
  • Total distance so far: 428nm
Carlingford Lough to Ardglass

Carlingford Lough to Ardglass

See the Trip Stats page for a chart of journey so far plus details for each days passage


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