Seabird Boats



LAID BACK IN TOBAGO CAYS .

Our first sight of Tobago Cays was from the anchorage off Clifton on Union Island but during the day all you see are the islands in the far distance. The first night in Clifton l happened to glance in the direction of Tobago Cays and noticed a string of lights where the Cays should have been which confused me as we are totally aware that these pristine islands are uninhabited. Unfortunately due to the demise of Nebe Boats in the early days of her construction it did not turn out that way, so l decided to truck her home to Ramsgate on the KZN South Coast to finish building her in our garden at home. The clarity of the water in the Tobago Cays is quite phenomenal and sitting in the cockpit staring over the side , one can easily spot fish and turtles swimming by. The Tobago Cays Marine Park lies in the St Vincent Grenadines and its outstanding... Source: Windward Voyage

The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen

With that, the door opened, and out of the dome stepped Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker, astronomers who were searching the night sky for asteroids and comets that could slam into the Earth—or, as Preston describes them today, “the only astronomers... Pausing in front of the astronomy dome, Preston knocked once, waited a few moments, and then knocked again—louder this time, as to be heard over the music. ” At 10 AM, I walked over to the fishing docks in the sleepy seaside village of Portmagee and boarded a boat to Skellig Michael, a craggy, 715-foot island that rises from the Irish Sea seven miles off of the southwest tip of the Iveragh Peninsula. Gazing out from atop the monastic settlement, I watched the world unfurl around me. Down below, miniature red fishing boats bobbed up and down in the Atlantic’s endless expanse of blue. One day, I paddled alongside a Kerryman who canoes to Killarney National Park’s various islands each week and takes GPS-tracked photos of invasive species in hopes of capturing the attention of park rangers and saving Ireland’s largest national park. Source: Pages Are My Passport

“The Most Fantastic and Impossible Rock in the World”

We had made our reservations to land on Skellig Michael five months in advance. Now, by the first week of August, all of the boats were booked through early fall. Local officials, however, have found a way to curb the Skellig Michael-induced chaos—permitting only 152 visitors to land on the island each day. But now, for eight hours, my family needed the Wild Atlantic Way to tame itself—perhaps, for just one day, the Mild Atlantic Way could suffice. due to the capricious nature of the Irish Sea, almost fifty percent of boat trips to Skellig Michael are cancelled last-minute. Among these men are sea captains Eoin Walsh, Michael O’Sullivan, Patrick Murphy, Seanie Murphy, Brendan Casey, Dan McCrohan, Donal McCrohan, Joe Roddy, Kenneth Roddy, Dermot Walsh, and John O’Shea. Boats only travel to Skellig Michael during the months of April through October—in the winter, when winds whip the Wild Atlantic Way, sending hundred-foot swells crashing up and down the western seaboard, even veteran captains wouldn’t dare chance... Source: Pages Are My Passport








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