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The next Glenua lecture, in aid of the RNLI, is to be held on Thursday 5 March (20.00) at the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, Ringsend, Dublin.

Entry contribution of €5 in aid of the RNLI. I would appreciate your help in publicising the lecture in Afloat.

The subject of the lecture is: “A Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen”

The speaker is Photographer and Adventure sailor Adrian van der Lee.

During the summer of 2019, Adrian joins a Norwegian expedition on board the 70ft yacht Valiente to circumnavigate the spectacular 1,500km coast of Spitsbergen - the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, deep in the Arctic Ocean. But there’s a problem: the ice charts show drift-ice blanketing the north and east of the archipelago, blocking their passage - so far this year circumnavigation has been impossible.

Glenua invite you to join Adrian as he presents his illustrated story with stunning photos of local wildlife and landscapes from this fascinating and remote region.

Published in Dublin Bay

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.