Sailing round Ireland
/ Wallace Clark. - Limavady (Co. Londonderry) : North-West
books, 1990. - 175 p.- p. de pl. : ill. ;
Some to the wars to try
their fortunes there,
Some to discover islands far away !
Two Gentlemen of Verona
DESCRIPTION : « Ireland », writes Wallace Clark, « is ideal to sail round. The
circuit of about 900 miles fits well into a moderately energetic
three-week holiday. The scenery varies from exposed cliffs and
bold headlands to great bays with exotic gardens in their recesses,
green meadows and unsullied beaches. There are islands a-plenty,
each with its own character, for shelter or interesting runs
ashore. A small well-foundboat finds good ports at hand on almost
every passage, but the risk of being caught out in a blow for
an hour or two adds zest to the voyage. »
This is the story of one such cruise, made in the author's 33-foot, 40-year-old yacht, Wild
Goose. Because Wallace Clark writes vividly, humorously,
and sometimes with a touch of poetry the book is delightful reading
for its own sake. It contains much information to guide other
yachtmen making the same voyage, but also fascinating detail
about people and places on Ireland's shores.
THE SCATTERED ISLES
The islands of Ireland lie round
her shoreline like water drops fallen from the head of a swimmer.
Some are single, others in little groups, thrown off by the swimmer's
nose and chin as he turns his head sideway to breathe. Like water
drops they glisten in many colours.
The islands are far enough from
the coast to have its own special character. They are also far
enough from the coast for there to be a sense of achievement
in reaching any of them ; yet never so far as to prevent
anyone with a will from using a week's holiday to visit one of
them, or a group.
Living in the north of Ireland,
and having owned a variety of sailing boats, I have been lucky
enough to get to know almost all of the inhabited islands and
something of the bays and inlets, tide-rips and headlands in
between them over the last 20 years. At first I knew little of
the background and history, for information was scanty and fragmented.
As time passed, I learned more and more about the seaboards,
its history, inhabitants and the outlook of those inhabitants.
A little knowledge of this kind, to add to what the eye can teach,
increases greatly the pleasure of sailing round Ireland.
☐ Introduction, p. 9
- « Sailing round Ireland »,
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- « The
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- « Donegal islands » ill. by Ros Harvey, Donaghadee (Co. Down) : Cottage publications, 2003
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