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:

Ireland West Cork : From Kinsale Co. Cork, Saturday 4th May to Saturday 11th May 2019

Come and sail with us for a week in one of Europe’s most beautiful cruising grounds – West Cork. Each day should see us sail to a new natural harbour with fantastic restaurants or unspoiled islands. Robert, your Skipper, is an RYA Cruising Instructor and will be only too happy to teach all aspects of cruising along the way. Transfers to and from Cork airport are included. It is hoped each crew won’t mind paying a contribution towards food onboard, marina fees, etc.. It’s possible, if the weather is right, we may get as far as Skellig Michael a UNESCO world heritage site 92 Nm away. Other possible stops are many but here is a few examples: Glandore, Baltimore, Cape Clear Island, Rounding the Fastnet lighthouse, The Kenmare River, & Bear Island. A week is not long enough to explore even half of West Cork but we should get to see quite a bit of this beautiful part of Ireland. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

Plymouth to Dunmore East including the Channel Islands, Brittany, and the Isles of Scilly. 12 day cruise.

Dates: Mustering in Plymouth Yacht Haven on Sunday 11th of August 2019, Disembarking From Dunmore East, Co. Waterford on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd August 2019.

Possible destinations along the way:

Salcombe; only 22Nm from Plymouth this is a perfect shake down leg to get our Sea legs.

St Peter Port Guernsey; 80Nm this will be a full day sail across the English Channel working the tides to our favor and arriving near HW so we can berth at the marina.

Jersey; 24Nm not to far so well worth a visit.

Iles Chausey; there are some place in the world you can really only experience by Yacht and Chausey is one of these places it’s been on my bucket list ever since I last visited this area in back in 2007. I can’t tell you much because I’ve never been.

North Coast of Brittany: there are so many beautiful anchorages and Harbour sadly we’ll only get to experience a few this time.

Isles of Scilly or Penzance; it’s going to be an overnighter across the English Channel so we’ll go when the weather is right, if we get to Penzance the open air Minac theatre is a must although we should book this a few days in advance Or the Isles of Scilly which is one of my favorite destinations to sail.

Dunmore East; this will be another 24 hour trip we’ll be organized into watches with 4 hours on and 4 off. There’s a full moon on the 26th so it should be a brightish night.



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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