Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sailing the North Channel, day 4. August 23, 2012

We had breakfast at Sportsmans Inn (where we docked in Killarney) and packed up and left around 10:30 or so. No hurry today since we are only going about 24 miles.

Most of this area is unpopulated, but we did pass an island that had a quarry and a gravel  loader down by the water. What wind there was was right on the nose so we motored all the way.

About halfway through our day we knew we had to be close to the entrance to the channel leading to our destination but it was not easy to see. 

Once we got into the channel it was glorious--cliffs on both sides, rocks along the shore.... lots of twists and turns along the way. This channel is called Bale Fine (pronounced Bay Fin), and it is 13 miles from the entrance to "the pool" at the end, which is reputed to be warm enough to swim in.

At the pool there were a couple of other boats anchored. We picked our spot, set our anchor, ate a sandwich and called it supper. It is beautiful here and we are glad we are spending 2 nights on the hook. 

Toby went for a short swim (the water is indeed warm) but the rest of us did not. He was excited about all the fish, and wanted to try to catch one in a bucket. We told him that was impossible, but he sure proved us wrong!

It was incredibly quiet and dark once the sun set. What a great place!

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