We were only meant to come into Crosshaven for one night to meet Billy O’Rourke, who was one of the first people to like our Static Boat Holidays facebook page, but then in passing he mentioned that this weekend was the Irish Redhead Convention!
So we stayed and joined in the fun, this is the fifth year that the Cronin’s Pub in Crosshaven have organised the event, apparently it has grown year on year, and I can quite understand why. They have a three day event calendar of fun for all the family, carrot tossing, mice racing, choosing a king and queen, speed dating, competitions for fairest skin, the most freckles in a square inch, longest hair, curliest hair, best beard and many more. The whole village is now involved and if you buy a wristband you would be entitled to all sorts of discounts and freebies in the area.
I have to say I have never seen so many ginger haired people in my life, the hair colours were amazing, from the brightest orange to the faded. Did you know that ginger hair doesn’t turn grey it just fades to white and people who have ginger hair are missing the MC1R gene. Now according to a talk we attended, the myths I can dispel are that they don’t need more anesthetics than other people ( apparently ginger people feel more pain – not true), they are not better in bed (although I think this could be used to their advantage in a pick up line!), and ginger haired people do not have bad tempers, they just play on that a lot!
I can also report that in the evenings the pubs were rammed with people listening to the traditional music! Now if Jonny’s tells you the mice racing will start at 9pm, read that as 10.15 for next year. We gulped down a pint in one pub and dashed up the street thinking we would miss the event, so you’ll know next year, and just in case you are wondering the – the mice were real.
Sean decided it was time time to change the engine oil and oil filter whilst we were here, only to discover he had used up his two spares. So we walked over to the engineer, Hugh Cassidy who could not have been more helpful. But sadly the first filter didn’t fit, so we walked all the way back again for the next filter. We did have the part number with us, but he didn’t have any Beta spares, so it was the closest to it! So on the second walk round we took the old filter with us and Hugh opened about a dozen filters till he found the correct internal diameter of the screw thread and then we were sorted. (such a performance for one oil filter)
We have moored at Salve Marina, which is a working boatyard with pontoons. I would recommend staying here, you can approach at all tides and there is plenty of space to turn your boat, the yard also has wifi, electric, water, showers and fuel. We paid 23 euros per night, the owners name is Wietse Buwalda, the Wietse is pronounced Veetz, he has managed to create a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the yard, its one of those places we will be sad to leave.
There are good transport links into Cork City from here, its a bus number 222 right opposite the boat yard.
Whilst we were here we also visited the Camden Fort Meagher, situated in 45 acres, with 65% being underground, the fort is steeped in history starting from 1550. The fort is in a prime location to watch all the shipping entering and leaving Cork Harbour, which incidentally is the second largest harbour in the world, Sidney, Australia being the first.
Thankfully in 2010 members of the local community in Crosshaven founded the Rescue Camden and began began stripping back 21 years of undergrowth, the fort is still run by 45 volunteers and staff, now extensive restoration is underway, since 2010 over 50,000 visitors have attended, which is creating a way forward for the volunteers with additional financial and logistical support provided by Cork County Council.
What made the trip more interesting for us was chatting to the numerous volunteers on site, who all seemed to have a different story to tell. Everyone we spoke to gave us additional information about the fort, bringing it alive with their enthusiasm.
They now have a cracking little restaurant at the fort, with additional outdoor seating, which overlooks the whole of Cork Harbour, admittedly we saw the harbour on a clear sunny day, but this has to be one of the finest views from a cafe ever!
The sail up to Cork city was a pleasure this afternoon. We left Crosshaven at about half past one and arrived at about half past four, we covered 12.5nm with the majority of that under sail, perfect wind conditions and the tide with us!
We passed Cobh (pronounced Cove), we continued up to Black Rock Castle and then we saw it… its official we have reached the Port of Cork. There are no facilities here, but you can pay and use the local hotels facilities which sound amazing so we might do that! Be aware the wifi here is rubbish!
So we have been away for 142 days, sailed/motored for 73 of those, travelled 2128 nm and used the engine for 357.9 hours, but we aren’t home yet! We are here for a couple of days and then head off to the Scilly Isles.
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