Cruising Stories

Here we hope to bring you news about recent cruising exploits by Skerries sailors and friends.


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Saturday 22nd April 2017

See a 360 degree view of the bay with most of the cruisers all set for the summer!


Watch SKERRIES CRUISER LAUNCH DAY, a record of the day’s activity.


Recent posts about Cruising are shown below. Click on the title to see the full post.

  • Tobermory Videos
    In June 2019, Blue Air sailed non-stop from Skerries to Tobermory. The story of this trip is told in two videos. Skerries to Tobermory (20 minutes) 2. Tobermory to Skerries (40 minutes)
  • Excellent Sailing Simulator
    It's not everyday we see a good sailing simulator come on stream. The ESail simulator is getting very good reviews and deservedly so.  Dowloading is slightly messy in that you need to install a utility called STREAM first but it's worth it.  The cost of the simulator is about €20 and it works in both Apple and Microsoft.  There are no hidden costs and updates will be free.
  • Blue Air’s Trip to Scilly 2018
    Blue Air sailed out of Skerries on Saturday 2nd of June with its crew wondering where on earth we would get to. The fact that the Isles of Scilly had been the intended destination for the previous eight months was no guarantee we would ever reach them, given the previous year's frustrating experiences. In fact, one club member said, with tongue in cheek, that he would probably see us in Scotland!
    Read the full story below!
  • Glorious Sunny Launch 2018
    The weather could not have been better as our cruisers returned to the water with full approval from the local seals. Fair Winds, Cheap Diesel and Sane Skippers for 2018!
    It’s that time of year again! Saturday 21st April! Remember to let the Cruiser Captain know ( if you intend launching on that day. Remember too your insurance documents to show to a representative of Fingal County Council on the pier. You might also want to use a Pre-Launch Checklist! Whatever you do, safety is number one! Have a successful launch ...
    The now annual Irish Boat Jumble takes place on 15th April in Carrickfergus Sailing Club, Co. Antrim. Starts at 10.30 am. Carrickfergus is 165km from Skerries (by road) and is about a 2 hour journey. Here’s a chance to see the beautiful coast along the northern side of Belfast Lough. See Carrickfergus Club Website.
  • Isle of Man via Howth
    Last weekend (19-21 May 2017) saw an interesting collaboration with Howth Yacht Club.  HYC member Jill Somerville had organised to take a group of transition year students by boat to the Isle of Man.  As they needed extra boat space, Blue Air was invited to join the expedition. Blue Air sat out for Howth on Thursday 18th at 15:00 and left Howth with most of the other boats on Friday morning around 05:00.  Each boat carried 2-3 students, most of these aged 16 years.
  • A Pontoon for Drogheda!
    Louth County Council have approved a pontoon for the port of Drogheda, to be located on the south side of the river near Scotch Hall and to be ready in time for next year's Maritime Festival!
  • Barnageeragh Picnic!
    An invasion of dinghies and cruisers descended on the quiet bay at Barnageerah on Saturday 13th August 2016.  This event had been organised by cruiser captain Kathryn Collins and, by all accounts, was a big success.
  • Sail Trim Tips
    Two video clips that contain tips about sail trim and come highly recommended by Paul Harrison.

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