Shannon time and changing lights
Friday 06/04/2012 Dublin - Banagher
Motto of the day: Back on board
We arrive at Dublin airport at midday, take the bus to Ballinasloe and arrive by a nice private transfer at 3 pm at Banagher where we board Silver Spray 36L.
Shannon Airport Max 12.5°C Min 5.1°C Rainfall 0 mm Sun hours 2.6 Mean Wind F3
Saturday 07/04/2012 Banagher - Meelick Lock - Dromineer
Length of boat trip: 4.5 hours
Motto of the day: Back on Lough Derg
The sun is lurking when we start going downstream in the mild morning. Although it is Easter Saturday there is little traffic on the river. At Meelick Quay we spot 'James&Mary' in her new outfit; she was painted last winter. The crew is away and so we drive to the lock, where Stephen and Jack, the new assistant lockkeeper, await us.
We have lunch break in the sun below the lock with a wide view over water and meadows. Two speedboats with families arrive and they have a picnic at the quay below the lock.
More clouds arrive in the afternoon when we go with the flow to Portumna and Lough Derg. Behind Gortmore we get wind and waves from the side when “ElRoi” is calling 'Silverklug'. Andy has spotted us from Terryglass. We wait in the lee side of the bay near Srah Quay till 'ElRoi', 'Kobold' and 'Tanjuan' arrive and follow to Dromineer.
Dromineer is not really sheltered in a north-westerly but moored to the quay wall is more comfortable than at the floating jetty.
We watch a speedboat leaving the jetty with difficulties caused by the wind.
Two young women enjoy riding their horses through the shallow water at the shore.
The clouds look dark in the evening but it remains dry and so they only give us a spectacular contrast to the evening sun.
We meet later in the evening on 'Kobold'.
Shannon Airport Max 14.9°C Min 8.7°C Rainfall 0 mm Sun hours 0.8 (We had more) Mean Wind NW F3
Sunday 08/04/2012 Dromineer - Killaloe
Length of boat trip: 2 hours (and 2 hours sailing)
Motto of the day: My first sail and a ride on the lake
The night was a bit bouncy but we slept well. It is overcast with a gentle breeze. John arrives and invites us for a nice sail on 'Breakaway'.
It’s my first sail in my life and I’m surprised how much I enjoy gliding through the water and feeling the wind in the sails. Brilliant! Thank you very much John! It is an absolutely different experience to be close and within the elements, no engine noise disturbing the fun.
We turn close to Goat’s Road and Willi takes the helm on our way back. I could have sailed all the way up to Portumna but we know that a friend wants to meet us at Dromineer.
So brings John 'Breakaway' after two hours back to her mooring and we have together a lunch break on 36L. Kevin and Fiona join us.