$6,000 // 14 Days
Isbjorn's last passage of 2018. We'll depart Dublin and sail south through the Irish Sea and past the famous Fastnet Rock. If we have to, we'll duck into Glandore (Donald Street's home town), or Crookhaven to wait for a good weather window to cross Biscay and make landfall in Lisbon, where Isbjorn will stage for her return across the Atlantic.
The last time Mia and I were in Ireland was 2011, after we'd sailed Arcturus across the Atlantic. Then, we made landfall on the far southwest coast, in the small village called Crookhaven. This time, we'll be staged in Dublin on Isbjorn, after coming east and south from Iceland.
After getting to know the boat, we'll depart Dublin (actually, the boat will most likely be in the small town of Skerries, which is a train ride from Dublin. Alternatively we may go to the yacht club marina at Howth, but anyway, we'll be in the area!). Dublin itself is about halfway up the Irish Sea, so we'll have some time sailing coastwise before the big jump across Biscay. The tides and currents in the Irish Sea are serious - you've got to time them perfectly or you literally won't get anywhere! On a fair tide on Arcturus, for example, we could cruise along at 10 knots!
We'll meander kind of south and west, towards Fastnet Rock and along the same shoreline that we cruised on Arcturus back in 2011, passing Kinsale, Glandore & Crookhaven again. Any of those ports will be an option if we need to duck in somewhere to wait for a weather window. If the weather holds, we'll sail direct for Lisbon, across the infamous Bay of Biscay.
Once in Lisbon, there are easy & cheap flights back to Europe via RyanAir, and indeed back across the Atlantic. We'll be leaving Isbjorn in Lisbon for a few months while we go back to Sweden for the Christmas holiday's, so any of the crew who want to stick around and help haul the boat out, you'd be most welcome!