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SOME PHOTOS OF OUR TRIPS TO

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KISH LIGHTHOUSE OR BUST.

Michael Flaherty and Fia O Caoimh rounding the iconic Kish                                                                                          Lighthouse in fair weather and good winds on 15th Oct 2018. A most wonderful passage complete with the                                                                                   the ultimate sunset! Boat speeds on the way out averaged 6.5 knots. Return trip was a little slower. Arrived                                                                                     into Dun Laoghaire just after dark.    Photo by FOC.

The Kish Lighthouse set against a beautiful sunset. One of our favourite destinations just eight miles East of Dublin. Photo FOC.

Eoin Collins, Kevin Hughes, & Fia on night exercises West of Kish. 29th Aug 2016. Regular ight exercises are critical to successful night-time passages.

Tony McGregor and Fia O Caoimh rounding the Kish Lighthouse on the 16th of October 2018. Yep! We visited Kish two nights in a row, catching wonderful sunsets on both evenings. On the second passage we passed very close to the lighthouse and experienced a strong whirlpool effect as the tide passed around the sea-column. We will give it a much wider berth from now on!    Photo FOC.

The Kish Lighthouse in near perfect weather on 13th May 2015. 

Michael Flaherty and Fia O Caoimh rounding the Kish on 15th Oct 2018.

Susan O Donohue, Lesley Willis, and Claire Dennehy (three of the infamous "Beours with Oars" Rowing Team) aboard "Neidin" at the Kish Lighthouse on 8th September 2019. We raced "Bendemeer" from Dun Laoghaire to the Kish and back .... "Neidin" winning the outbound leg, and "Bendemeer" winning the return passage. A great day's sailing with lots of friendly banter between crews. 14 knot breezes and 6 knot hull speeds in moderate seas. Skipper was Fia O Caoimh. Photo Clare Dennehy. 

The Kish Lighthouse set here against a wonderful sunset. One of our favourite destinations, and just eight miles from Dublin.

Len, Peter, Michael, Derek (on helm), and Fia, somewhere near the Kish Bank in high winds on 3rd Jan 2019. Winter sailing at its best !

Michael Flaherty and Fia O Caoimh rounding the Kish Lighthouse on 15th Oct 2018. Somehow we took lots of pics of Michael but none of yours truly! We'll have to go back so!

The Kish can be seen from at least 36 miles as you cross the Irish Sea from the East at night. It is always greatly reassuring when you first spot it in the darkness.

First to round the Kish on 8th Sept 20219. Susan,           Claire, Lesley, and Fia aboard "Neidin" in perfect conditions. Part of the          Beours Two Day Clallenge !

Susan O Donohue, Lesley Willis, and Claire Dennehy (three of the infamous "Beours with Oars" Rowing Team) aboard "Neidin" at the Kish Lighthouse on 8th September 2019. We raced "Bendemeer" from Dun Laoghaire to the Kish and back .... "Neidin" winning the outbound leg, and "Bendemeer" winning the return passage. A great day's sailing with lots of friendly banter between crews. 14 knot breezes and 6 knot hull speeds in moderate seas. Skipper was Fia O Caoimh. Photo FOC. 

Fia and Tony at the Kish on 16th Oct 2018. Tony doing his "Rocky" no-shirt impression as he helms!

Michael Flaherty, Joe Behan, and Fia. Winter sailing in Dublin Bay. Dec 2017.

Tony McGregor and Fia rounding the Kish Lighthouse on the 16th of October 2018. A wonderful passage with a wonderful sunset!

We ended up a lot closer to the Kish than intended, passing within a half boat length, not a great idea given the risk of entanglement.

The lantern and heli-pad on the Kish Lighthouse. Summer 2016. Photo FOC.

Michael Flaherty and Fia O Caoimh at the Kish Lighthouse. 15th Oct 2018. 

Peter, Michael, Len, and Fia, off the Kish Bank in high winds

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Michael, Joe, and Mona in rough waters, and routing

from Howth Head. March 2018, Photo FOC

Great sailing, but cold, cold, cold !

Tony and Fia rounding the Kish Lighthouse from Dun Laoghaire on 16th Oct 2018. Photos by FOC.

The weather is stunning, and Tony gets into full macho mode for the official photo!   Photo FOC.

Michael Flaherty at the Kish. Summer 2018. Photo FOC.

Michael Flaherty and Fia O Caoimh rounding                   the Kish Lighthouse on 15th Oct 2018. Perfect weather, perfect winds                  and the ultimate sunset.

 The construction of Kish Lighthouse was completed in 1965. The lower caisson was flooded with water causing the tower to float up some 54 feet and the final lift was achieved by jacks and pre-stressing cables built into the lip of the base. These cables allowed for small corrections to ensure the tower was vertical. The water was then pumped out and replaced by 18,000 tons of sand and topped with concrete. The structure has withstood all that nature has thrown at it for the last 54 years.   Photo FOC.

Routing past the Kish on a return journey from Caernarfon, Wales, on the 19th August 2018. 

Fia rounding the Kish Lighthouse in perfect winds on 26th August 2019. A great sail out. Motorsailed home. Also aboard were Martin and Michael. FOC.

Fia rounding the Kish Lighthouse in perfect winds on 26th August 2019.

Perfect conditions as we round the Kish in August of 2019. Michael, Martin, and Fia aboard.

Perfect conditions as we round the Kish in August of 2019. Michael Flaherty, Martin, and Fia O Caoimh aboard.

Note the hole in the canopy, caused by a seabird birdstrike some evenings earlier. Great sailing with a great crew. FOC.

Martin getting acquainted with the Kish Lighthouse on his first

Kish rounding. A most enjoyable coastal passage in near-perfect  conditions on 26th August 2019. Motorsailed home. Photo FOC.

Robin at the helm. April 2019.

Routing out to the Kish Bank as night falls. Summer of 2018.

Fia O Caoimh at the Kish Lighthouse in May of 2018. The Kish marks the Northmost point of the dangerously shallow Kish Bank, and is an important shipping mark. It can be seen from approximately 40 miles, and it is an invaluable companion when returning from the UK by night. 

DMYC Kish Lighthouse Race 2019. Fia and Len Hayes at the start line of the 2019 Kish Race. Light winds and misty rain throughout, but still exhilerating at times. This was our first competitive race, and we were happy to place 41st out of 55 boats.

DMYC Kish Lighthouse Race 2019. Derek Coffey's "Bendemere" beat us on the outbound leg, but we beat her decisively on the homebound leg, racing against "Yachtsee's" bulbous spinnaler to win on adjusted time. A great day out on the water.

Low lying mist as Neidin makes her way out to the Kish Bank. Tony McGregor is on the helm, with Michael Flaherty and Joe Behan on winches. Fia on GoPro. 22nd May 2017.

Fia at the Kish Lighthouse in May of 2015. Rounding the Kish is a right of passage for every Dublin sailor, and a favourite destination when sailing out of Dun Laoghaire. The Lighthouse marks the Northmost point of the shallow Kish Bank.   Photo FOC. May 2015.

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