Haulbowline Lighthouse
  Photograph by Martin Hansen


A Night Sail To Dublin

I left Carlingford Lough on a 2 pm high tide. The photograph shows Haulbowline Lighthouse, a 34 metre high stone tower build in 1824 to mark a rocky shelf at the mouth of the Lough. The night passed with gentle sailing down the coast, seemingly with no wind but the sails remained full and 2 knots the result. Fishing boats that moved in unpredictable ways kept me alert. At 8 am I lowered the sails and motored into Dublin Bay. As I entered the River Liffey, the flood took hold and propelled Tramontana towards the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, right in the centre of Dublin's docklands. It was time for a real Guinness - I had arrived in Dublin.