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Sails Make a Return to Dublin Bay Horizon

18th May 2020
A yacht makes its way past Sandycove on Dublin Bay watched by a Stand Up Paddleboarder at the Forty Foot A yacht makes its way past Sandycove on Dublin Bay watched by a Stand Up Paddleboarder at the Forty Foot Photo: Afloat

After an absence of over a month, sails made a welcome return to the Dublin Bay horizon this morning after the Coastguard advisory was lifted and Dun Laoghaire marina reopened to boat owners.

Almost as soon as Phase One of the government easing restrictions came into force, four sailing cruisers emerged from Dun Laoghaire Harbour by 9 am this morning. Three headed south on the tide past the Forty Foot bathing place with one anchoring in Scotsman's Bay.

They're the first sailing boats seen on the Bay since April 12th when two visiting UK yachts arrived into Dun Laoghaire Harbour to escape a north-east gale.

Sailing with a crew made up from the same household is now possible subject to the constraints of taking leisure pursuits within five km from a person’s home and returning to the harbour of departure.

Yacht club forecourts at the country's biggest boating centre will also reopen this morning with limited access to boatowners preparing boats for launching at the end of this month.

Also expected to make a return to the water at Dun Laoghaire is household-based sailing crews, solo sailing and the Olympic team from their High Performance base.

See: live Dublin Bay webcam

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore. 

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

 

At A Glance – Dublin Bay

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south

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