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Chartering a Boat for Sailing Holiday in Ireland

1st December 2009

Chartering a Boat for Sailing Holiday in Ireland

On this page we will try to provide you with up-to-date information on companies that provide both skippered and bareboat charters all along the coast of Ireland.



Arch'd Reid (Ireland) Ltd

Arch'd H. Reid & Co Ltd., Ardnavaha House, Ballinascarthy, West Cork, Ireland • Tel: 353 23 39499 (Nichola Long) • Email: [email protected] • Web:

Exclusive holidays – combining luxury yacht charter and world class hotels, sample the finest hotels, enjoy the welcome, explore the history, and sail the most spectacular coastline.


A Totally New Ireland

We are delighted to continue to offer luxury yacht charter on the beautiful coast of Southern Ireland. Hailed by many as the finest cruising area in Europe, it is a completely unspoilt area of small harbours and bays, rock inlets and offshore islands.

From the moment you arrive in Ireland and are met by our hostess, you will be welcomed into a different world of luxury, hospitality and relaxation.

Although our holidays are completely tailor-made to your personal requirements, we have suggested an itinerary that we think will provide the best possible enjoyment of this part of Ireland. If you wish for a different itinerary, or have specific areas you wish to visit, then we will design a holiday specifically for you. We have combined luxury yacht charter with a selection of World Class hotels from where you can explore the delights of mystical Ireland, her history, scenery and people.

We have carefully selected several Hotels that we feel offer the very finest of traditional service and quality that our clients expect. Some of the hotels have been created from old castles and some from the Great Houses of Ireland. All have in common something unique to Ireland – the famous Irish Welcome.

You will be able to relax, explore the surrounding country, or take advantage of the facilities offered in each hotel such as golf, horse riding, fishing, shooting and swimming.

ADARE MANOR, built by the 2nd Earl of Dunraven in 1832

MUCKROSS PARK HOTEL in beautiful Killarney

PARKNASILLA, on the Kenmare River

DROMOLAND CASTLE, 16th century seat of the O'Briens


Your luxury yacht

A 67' Ketch Sailing Yacht which was rebuilt in England in 2002 to conform to MCA regulations for charter. She is ideal for cruising the Irish coastline, she has a powerful engine which enable her to reach port quickly and safely. Her interior is beautifully paneled in lacquered Teak. The decks are clear and uncluttered, and the centre cockpit provides a safe and comfortable area for seating and dining on deck. Accommodation is for six guests in 3 double cabins. She has a sheltered steering position giving protection and all round visibility in all weathers. Your experienced Captain and chef are on hand to ensure that your holiday is comfortable and enjoyable. Feel free to join in with the sailing, or just relax and be pampered. The crew will be happy to show you the charming harbours and you can explore small bays with the fast RIB dinghy.


The Fastnet Coast

The Fastnet Rock – probably the most famous landmark in the history of yachting. Legends have been woven about yachts racing in the Fastnet Race. However, little is known about the historical coastline of which it stands guard.

From the Kenmare River where you join your yacht, the coast is a series of rocky inlets, spectacular cliffs and sheltered bays. Names such as Bantry Bay, Spanish Cove, and Roaring Water Bay all conjure up the romance and history of this part of Ireland. The sailing is excellent – and the many offshore islands make sailing this coast a pleasure. Exciting events include 'Calves Week' at Schull, and one of the world's premiere yachting events, Cork Week, hosted by the world's oldest yacht club, The Royal Cork. In alternate years (e.g. 2005) The Glandore Classic Yacht Regatta takes place and we can arrange for you to take part in Vintage or Modern yachts and enjoy being part of the fun yachting family. 

Itineraries can be tailor made to suit your requirements. All tours are optional and are free of charge. Sailing itineraries may change due to weather.

SAMPLE 10 DAY HOLIDAY COST FOR SIX GUESTS €35,000 – Fully inclusive of luxury yacht with 2 crew, First Class Hotel Accommodation, all Dinners and Luncheons ashore and aboard, Tours, Transport and Hostess

BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION FROM: Arch.d H. Reid & Co Ltd, PO Box 32, Cork, Ireland

Tel 353 23 39499 FAX 353 23 39498 OR YOUR CHARTER OR TRAVEL AGENT


Charter Ireland

Unit 31, Radharc an Chlair, Grattan Road, Salthill, Galway • Tel. +353 (0)87 244 7775 • Email [email protected] • Skype: stuartmccormack • Web:

Based in the new marina in Galway city centre, Charter Ireland is Galway’s premier yacht charter company. We pride ourselves in delivering the best charter services out of Galway Bay with a choice of modern luxury yachts.

Should you require a skipper, we can provide one for you. Our skippers have a minimum of 15 years sailing experience.

Whether you would like to sail to the many beautiful harbors, islands, and historical places of interest around Co. Clare and the world famous Connemara, or you just fancy staying some where different while going to the Galway Races, Charter Ireland will endeavor to make your experience enjoyable and unique.


Charter Ireland offer a variety of sailing services, including:

    • Bareboat charter
    • Skippered charter
    • Corporate entertainment
    • Corporate team building
    • Corporate training, RYA, ISA
    • Alternative accommodation (e.g. for Galway Races, Oyster Festival – location specific)
    • Day trips to Kinvara and Ballyvaughan to sample the amazing sea food restaurants
    • Weekend adventures to Black Head, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands (great night life and craic) and the unspoilt Connemara
    • Training: Introduction to sailing, yacht master, sea survival


Winter Cruises – New

Looking for relaxation, excitement or adventure? There are a number of cruises to suit every sailor. Need to get more mileage? Need to escape the winter blues? Or just develop your cruising ability. You can choose from Ireland or abroad. For further information please click here.


Galway Bay Anchorage

Galway Bay

Charts: AC 2173, 3339, 1984, 1904; Imray C55; Irish OS 45, 46, 51

Shelter: Galway Bay is sheltered from large swells by Aran Islands, but seas get up in the 20M from Aran to Galway. Beware Salmon drift nets in the approaches to many bays.

Navigation: Enter Galway Bay through one of four Sounds:

• North Sound, between Inishmore and Golam Tower (conspic.), 4.5M wide, is easiest but beware Brocklinmore Bank in heavy weather.
• Gregory Sound, between Inishmore and Inishmaan, is free of dangers but give Straw Island a berth of 2-3ca.
• Foul Sound, between Inishmaan and Inisheer; only danger is Pipe Rock (dries) at end of reef extending 3ca NW of Inisheer.
• South Sound between Inisheer and mainland. Only danger is Finnis Rock (dries 0.4m) 4.5ca SE of E point of Inisheer (marked by ECM buoy Q (3) 10s). From S, Beware Kilstiffin Rocks off Liscanor Bay.

Lights/Marks: Black Head lt Fl WR 5s 20m 11/8M H24, vis 045°-W-268°-R (covers Illanloo Rock)-276°

Bunowen Bay

53°24’.6N 10°06.9W Sheltered in W-NE winds; unsafe in S’ly. Easy approach with Bunowen House bearing 000°, leaving Mullauncarrickscoltia Rock (1.1m) to port. Anchorage in 3-4m below conspic. Doon Hill.

No facilities.


Roundstone Bay AC2709

53°23’N 09°54’.5W Safe shelter/access except in SE’ly. 4 Y visitors’ moorings are 5ca SSE of Roundstone, or anchorage in 2m off N quay. Other anchorages are E’ward in Bertraghboy and Cashel Bays.

Lights/Marks: Croaghnakeela Is Fl 3.7s 7m 5M. Inishnee lt Fl (2) WRG 10s 9m 5/3M, W sector 017°-030°.

Facilities: Shop, Fresh Water, Bar, Post, Bus to Galway


Kilkieran Bay

Easy entrance abm. conspic. Golam Tower. 12 Y visitors’ moorings off Kilkieran. Many anchorages in 14M long, sheltered bay.

Facilities: Bar, Phone, Petrol, Shop, Bus to Galway


Kiggaul Bay

Easy ent, H24; anchorage close W/NW of lt Fl WR 3s 5/3M. Depth 3 to 4m; exposed to S/SE winds

Lights/Marks: Fl WR 3s 5m 5/3M, 329°-W-359°-R-059°.

Facilities: Bar (no Phone), Shop at Lettermullen (1M)


Greatman Bay

Beware English Rock (dries 1.2m), Keeraun Shoal (breaks in heavy weather), Arkeena Rock, Trabaan Rk, Rin Rocks and Chapel Rocks. Anchorage off Natawny Quay (E side), or on 4 Y visitors’ moorings off Maumeen Quay (dries), AB possible.

Facilities: Maumeen: Shop, Petrol (1M), Bar


Cashla Bay

Easiest hbr on this coast; ent in all weather. Anchorage and 8 Y visitors’ moorings off Sruthan Quay. Rossaveel, on E side, is a busy fishing and ferry hbr.

Lights/Marks: Killeen Pt Fl (3) WR 10s 6/3M; Lion Pt Dir lt 101°, Iso WRG 4s 8/6M, 008.5°-W-011.5°. Rossaveel ldg lts 116°, Oc3s.

Facilities: Carraroe (1M SW) Shop, Hotel, Phone; Rossaveel HM (Tel. 091 572108), Fresh Water, Diesel, Marine Engineering; Costelloe (1.5M E): Hotel, Post, Garage

Note: No safe hbr from Cashla to Galway (20M).

Bays between Black Head and Galway have rocks and shoals but give excellent shelter.


Galway Harbour

53°15’.6N 09°02’.2W

New Harbour (Rinville)

53°14’.6N 09°00W Beware Black Rock (dries 4.1m) on S shore. N shore is clean; can be approached to within 0.5ca below half tide. Anchorage SW of quay in 2m, mud. Visitors’ moorings available. Contact GBSC for availability.

Facilities: Galway Bay Sailing Club (Tel. 091 794527) Fresh Water; Oranmore (2M) Shop, Bar, Hotel.
Kinvara Bay


Kinvara Bay

53°09’N 09°10’.5W Enter with caution on the flood; beware rocks. Berth in small drying hbr. At neaps there is anchorage 2.5ca from Kinvara with 2m at LWN.

Facilities: Shop, Bar, Post


Aughinish Bay


South Bay

Beware fish farm.


Ballyvaughan Bay

Enter either side of Illaunloo Rock, leads to two piers (both dry) or anchorage close NE in pool (3m). Best access HW±2.


Aran Islands

Beware marine farm activity.

Lights/Marks: Eeragh Island (Rk Is) Fl 15s 35m 23M, W tr, B bands. Inishmaan unlit. Inisheer: Iso WR 12s 34m 20/16M, Racon, vis 225°-W-245° (partially obscd 225°-231° beyond 7m), R sector covers Finnis Rock.


Killeany Bay

53°08’N 09°38’W Only reasonable shelter, but exposed to E/NE winds and crowded with fishing vessels. 8 Y visitors’ moorings available; or anchorage S of Kilronan pier; or anchorage E of Killeany Pt.

Lights/Marks: Straw Is, Fl (2) 5s 11m 17M. Kilronan pier Fl WG 1.5s. Ldg lts 192° both Oc 5s for Killeany hbr.

Facilities: HM (Tel 099 61150), Shop, Diesel, Fresh Water, Post, Ferry to Galway, Plane to Galway (airstrip near beach).

Anchorage in good weather only.



Dingle Bay Charters

Tel: 066 915 1344 • Mobile: 087 672 6100 • Email: [email protected] • Web:

Located at the Yacht Marina in Dingle, Co Kerry in the Southwest of Ireland, we provide a wide range of boat trips for visitors to enjoy our beautiful coastline and islands. These include Sea Angling, Dingle Bay and Blasket Island boat tours, Blasket Ferry and Yacht charter.

Yacht Charter  For the experienced skipper why not charter our (6 berth) 35’ Beneteau Oceanis yacht. Dingle Bay is a superb sailing area with many sheltered anchorages, magnificent scenery and interesting islands. An abundance of seals, puffins and other wildlife will be encountered on your cruise around the bay and islands. Our Beneteau Oceanis 351 Clipper is very fast with taut lines, maximum waterline length and a wide beam ensuring excellent stability. The saloon and galley offer full headroom (1.9m) and plenty of working/stowage space. Two equal sized aft cabins and a generous forward cabin provide ocean-going accommodation. Check the website for prices.

Boat Charter  Why not do a private charter with a crewed passenger boat departing from Dingle harbour. Groups of up to 70 can make Dingle Bay their own with a short cruise to the beautiful cliff scenery just outside the Dingle harbour or venture further offshore to the Blasket islands, the most westerly islands in Europe. (Landing is possible on the Great Blasket Island). For special interest groups such as birdwatchers and photographers the possibilities are endless with the spectacular scenery of the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands combined with the myriad variety of bird and sea life (Puffin, Gannet, Chough and more). School Tours, Wedding parties, Stag and Hen parties catered for. Expert guides available at additional cost. Check the website for prices

Dingle–Valentia Ferry  We now offer a ferry service operating between Dingle and Knightstown, Valentia island. The crossing takes about 1 hour. The ferry can take up to 12 passengers, luggage and bicycles if required. Currently the ferry is only available on a charter basis. If you have a group that wish to avail of the service see our contact details above. The cost for a one way transfer (Dingle/Valentia or Valentia/Dingle) is €300 for the group.

Blasket Ferry  Loch an Iasc  is a fast (40 Minute) 12 passenger ferry from Dingle Marina to the Great Blasket Island. Watch out for Fungie the dolphin at the entrance to Dingle Harbour, then sit back and soak in the scenery as you round Slea Head and approach the Blasket Island. The island evacuated in 1953, was home to many famous Irish writers including Peig Sayers. Walk the 1100 acres of unspoilt largely mountainous terrain, relax on the beautiful beach or explore the abandoned village and the fascinating cultural and literary history of the island. The ferry departs from Dingle Yacht Marina every 2 hours. Return Trip prices: Adult €30, Child under 12 €15.

Eco Tour  Take a fascinating tour of the most westerly islands in Europe! Enjoy a fascinating 3-hour guided tour of the Blasket islands aboard our two new 70 passenger Eco Tour Boats. Soak in the magnificent scenery of Inisvickilaun (look out for the herd of Red deer), Inisnabro (Cathedral rocks) and the Great Blasket Island. Cruise among the seals, puffins, gannets and other seabirds of the outer islands while keeping watch for whales, dolphins and porpoises. Make sure to bring your camera!  Tours depart from Dingle Yacht Marina daily. Prices: Adult €40, Under 12 years €25, Family (2 Adults 2 Children under12) €100. Group rates available.

Sea Angling   Come fish the waters around the most westerly islands in Europe with Skippers that have spent a lifetime at sea. Whether you are a novice fisherman or an experienced angler, you can experience the thrills of deep-sea fishing in Dingle Bay on board our fully licensed and equipped angling boats. Catch includes pollack, mackerel, ling, cod, conger and tope. We offer full, half-day and 2 hour trips. Children welcome. Weekly charters including accommodation and airport pick-up can be arranged. After a long day on the ocean, relax in the local pubs where the craic is great, but remember that you may be going   fishing in the morning! Click here for prices.



Harbour Yacht Management

Postal Address:  Rushbrooke Commercial Park, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 21 481 3911 • Fax: 00 353 21 481 3916 • Email: [email protected] • Web:

Exclusive Charters of the South West Coast of Ireland for the discerning Seafarer. Our yachts – two exclusive 2002 and 2003 build Sun Odyssey 40s. Both sisterships available from April 2009 for Select Charter. Click here for prices. Our yachts are based at a private marina berth in Kinsale, just upriver of the Trident Hotel.



Kinsale Yacht Charters

No 2. Castlepark Marina Centre, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland • Tel: 353 87 2710371 (Julian Renault) • Email: [email protected] • Web:

Kinsale Yacht Charter’s mission is to provide a unique experience in luxury yacht cruising for discerning clients seeking an experience that will exceed all expectations.

KYC proudly presents a range of prestige motor and sailing yachts equipped to the highest international standards, perfect for both 'old salts' and the novice seeking a totally new and exciting experience.

Flexible packages for motor yachts offer a choice of day, weekend and full week bookings with sailing yachts available for full weeks only to explore our world class cruising area.

Say "Well done!!" and build employee or team loyalty with a gift of a luxury charter package, take corporate hospitality to a new level or get away from it all for a romantic weekend with your partner or quality time with your family.

If all you want to do is relax and enjoy, we can take care of all provisioning and hostess services. Fully qualified skippers are also available for booking through local company,

So view our boats now and book your vessel and package or contact us to discuss your requirements for your unique charter experience with KYC and our extensive range of sailing and motor yachts.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard. Click here for map and directions Team

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The packed 2013 sailing season sees the usual regular summer leagues and there are regular weekly race reports from Dublin Bay Sailing Club, Howth and Cork Harbour on This season and last also featured an array of top class events coming to these shores. Each year there is ICRA's Cruiser Nationals starts and every other year the Round Ireland Yacht Race starts and ends in Wicklow and all this action before July. Crosshaven's Cork Week kicks off on in early July every other year. in 2012 Ireland hosted some big international events too,  the ISAF Youth Worlds in Dun Laoghaire and in August the Tall Ships Race sailed into Dublin on its final leg. In that year the Dragon Gold Cup set sail in Kinsale in too.

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