It is true that Ireland yacht charter can be for the more experienced, as some of the open sea passages can be challenging, even if short. The three coasts of Ireland are very different and in their variety they cater for every requirement. The most popular cruising area is between Cork and Dingle Peninsula with an abundance of protected harbours and picturesque anchorages. It combines sea passages with vast protected sailing areas. The wilder West coast is more exposed and the distances between sheltered habours are greater. Some 200 islands lie scattered of the West coast and only a handful are inhabited.

Sailing conditions

Winds tend to blow from the east averaging 15-25 knots. Navigation can be difficult due to numerous reefs. Best time to visit is between November and June.

Getting there

Daily flights into Cork airport are available from most British airports, including the low-cost operators. Alternatively, Shannon airport is 60 miles away and Dublin is approx 140 miles drive.

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