Sally managed to talk her way up to a 5th floor café balcony belonging to the Willis group to take an aerial view of the 71 boats in Ringsend Basin, during the Dublin Rally, 2013.
Time for a photo opportunity before setting off.
Our cruiser was at the head of the convoy, which was following us under the Harp Millennium Bridge.
We sailed to upstream of the Halfpenny Bridge, with two other boats overtaking us on the way. They were running out of water ahead of us, so we turned round. On the way back downstream, Andy was given the wheel of Sea Wolf, so that the Five Dubs could sit on the bows for a photo opportunity. He last steered a cruiser 31 years ago, but had not forgotten how to do so!
This was followed by a coffee break at a handy street stall nearby!
After this we had expected to be returning to the sea lock, but we carried on downstream and the toll bridge was raised ahead of us, so we sailed on through, feeling very important.
We met the Brazilian Tall Ship, Cisne Branco, soon after going through the bridge. Perhaps it was raised for them, rather than for us!
Once back on Sea Wolf, we carried on past the sea wall, and past the lighthouse into Dublin Bay, so were definitely out at sea.
What a trip!
The evening was rounded off by one of Mick’s famous barbeques, and a good time was had by all, despite the rain!
On Sunday, summer arrived, and many friendly people came along the jetties to look at the festive boats.
Maurice and Janet came to lunch, before going on to the Bord Gais Theatre to enjoy The Lion King. Having seen it last week, we could certainly recommend it.