Cruising - Dunmore East Sea School

Fulmar Fever

From time to time we bring Fulmer Fever cruising. This 32 foot Westerly Fulmar will accommodate up to four sailors and a skipper. These types of cruises are not done on a commercial basis so crew will just be required to contribute towards food on board/fuel/harbour dues/running costs and the like, which works out at €60 per day or €420 for a weeks cruising. This is a great way to enjoy the pleasures of cruising while not breaking the bank. Fulmar Fever has all the necessary safety equipment for cruising which includes : VHF/DSC, AIS, Life raft, EPIRB, Flares, and Life Jackets. There’s always lots to learn while living aboard its a great way to combine a holiday with some practical sailing experience and build up those sea miles while meeting like minded people. It’s worth seeing if your travel insurance will cover you for yacht cruising should you get ill. All cruises are subject to change and based on the most updated weather forecasts crew comfort, safety and ability comes before the cruise itinerary.

Here is some of our up and coming cruises:

15 to 17 June 2020 Dunmore East to Wicklow mini Cruise 

This 2 night mini cruise is perfect for unsure sailors to experience what cruising on a yacht is all about. Weather permitting along the way there could be stops on Great Saltee Island where we might well catch a of a Puffin at the end of their nesting season. Kilmore Quay or Wexford town are always worth a stop over, before catching the tide to Arklow and Wicklow.

20/6/2020 to 27/6/2020 Round Ireland Yacht Race

This is one of the toughest offshore races around and sits in the same category as the Fastnet and Sydney to Hobart races. Its 700 nautical miles long and on Fulmar Fever will take a whole week to complete, but with one of the best handicaps in the fleet will still managed to lift the “Michael W Jones” Trophy in the cruiser class in the last edition. This race is definitely not a cruise and racing experience is essential. An RYA Sea Survival one day course is also provided.

4/7/2020 to 11/7/2020 Wicklow to Ballycastle including the Isle of Man

This is a great opportunity for Sailors to get a weeks cruising. It’s all weather dependent but we hope to have a day exploring Dublin before a 80Nm crossing to Peel on the west coast of the Isle of Man. This is an amazing Island to explore and sailors can choose to see some of the major sites or just chill onboard for a day.
The next passage should see us over to Bangor with a stop on Copeland Island if the wind allows a distance of less than 50Nm. From Bangor we make our way up The Antrim coast with its notorious tides and hopefully a stop on Rathlin Island before alighting a Ballycastle a week later.
The bus from Ballycastle to Belfast takes 2:40 minutes (131, 217) and leaves 5 times a day. Total distance approximately 220Nm.

11/7/20 to 18/7/20Ballycastle (Northern Ireland) to Barra (Outer Hebrides)

This week long cruise will see Sailors take in some of the most beautiful islands in the Hebrides, possible stopovers includes: Rathlin Island, with its great walking. The island of Jura with a tour of Jura distillery at Craighouse. Colonsay a small island with its gardens open every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. From here it’s a short hop over to Iona to see the Abbey. Then pass by Staffa which is the Scottish end of The Giants Causeway. The town of Tobermory on Mull is well worth a visit. Before reaching the Island of Barra on the Outer Hebrides where the plane (£78) back to Glasgow takes off from the beach. This cruise can be combined with the previous Cruise leaving from Wicklow.


Fulmar Fever Cardigan Bay Cruise 15th – 21st July, 2018

For my first sailing experience I could not have been in better company, or aboard a better yacht than ‘Fulmar Fever’ winner (in its class) of the 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race. Skipper Robert Marchant and crew members Alan Coleman and his lovely fiancé  Amy were highly experienced sailors and a very welcoming crew.

We sat sail from Wicklow Harbour on Sunday 15th having first collected Robert’s Trophy from the Wicklow Harbour Yacht Club.  Within a couple of hours of departure we encountered a storm as it got dark, which was an un-nerving experience for me, but I was re-assured by the calm confidence of all on board despite the rolling and pitching of the yacht.

Over the next five days we docked in Porthmadog, Barmouth, Aberystwyth, Fishguard, and Solva, to enjoy the local culture and hospitality. We also had a quick stop on Rampsey Island Nature Reserve, passing the ‘The Bitches’ along the way. At 5.00am on July 21st we set sail from Solva to Dunmore East arriving home at 7.30pm tired and exhilarated!

As part of the crew during this cruise I gained experience of helming, navigation, chart plotting, and so much more. All of this in addition to having a wonderful 6 day holiday. I can’t put into words what a truly unique experience this was.  

Robert is such a professional experienced tutor and his passion for sailing shines through. Under his guidance I have learnt so muchI would advise anyone thinking of this kind of sailing trip to just do it.

I have already booked my next trip with Robert, can’t wait!

Paul Quinn

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