Major New Marina Facility to Open at Bantry on the Cool Route in Summer of 2017- Invitation to join in the festivities

Captain Paul O’Regan, Harbour Master and Operations Manager, Port of Cork Company and Bantry Bay Port Company, writes about the new marina facilitates at Bantry and invites cruising yachts for a weekend of celebrations and festivities in August 2017.

Bantry Bay Port Company, a subsidiary of the Port of Cork Company is well advanced in the completion of a €9 million development that will enhance the current facilities in Bantry town and add a new 30/40 berth marina, and create a deeper and more sheltered inner harbour area. In 2015 the Port Company established the first open sea “Blueway” for kayaking and canoeing in Bantry, this has been a tremendous success both locally and with visitors to Bantry.

(Plans for Bantry  Marina )                                                                       (Replica of  Bantry longboat)   

Bantry Inner Harbour Schemebantry longboat   

                                                                                                                      

The Inner Harbour development which will be completed by July 2017 and will provide direct access to Bantry town for visiting crews. The 30/40 berth marina, located in close vicinity to the Maritime hotel is a short stroll from the town center. All berths will be dredged to a minimum of 4.0 metres chart datum.

It is our hope and ambition that this facility will provide a hub for local marine leisure and visiting sailors to Bantry Bay. This facility adds to the already established marinas and sheltered anchorages that already exist throughout Bantry Bay at Bere Island, Castletownbere, Adrigole, Gleangarriff,  and Whiddy Island, making Bantry bantryBay a sailing center and prime cruising destination in its own right.

Why not explore the Bay in an easy and relaxed week, sailing between one area and another, where great sailing is matched by wonderful shore experiences. Capitalise on the opportunity and peace of mind to leave your boat safely moored in Bantry marina if you need to return to work during the week. Bantry town to Cork City is 1 hours’ drive. Typical of many locations on the Cool Route,  Bantry Bay is tremendously scenic. The town has excellent visitor and interpretative facilitates outlining its history.

(Picture of picturesque Bantry in West Cork)

A naval battle was fought here between the English and French in 1689, the French having come to the aid of James II.  The Bantry Longboat is a famous local artifact, who’s design is still be be seen in the local waters.

In the early 20th Century Bantry Bay witnessed the entire British Atlantic  Fleet at anchor and was also the site of an  American Airbase.

The Bantry area has many local facilities, things to do and see and famous for music and good food. The area is also very a popular location for dolphin and whale watching, walking and angling.

Invitation to all available cruising yachts to cruise to Bantry in August 2017

The Port Company wishes to celebrate the opening of the Bantry Marina and Inner Harbour development with visiting sailors and marine enthusiasts.

There will be an open weekend  on 11th to 13th August 2017.

  • A weekend festival of sailing and rowing supported by the local clubs.
  • Bantry Longboat clubs plan to run an international event with boats from France, Scandinavia and Northern Ireland
  • A BBQ for all visiting boats (sail and oar) will be held on Saturday evening 12th in the grounds of Bantry House ( €20 fee per boat – all proceeds going to charity)

We look forward to you coming to explore this area of the Cool Route and we hope you will make the new Bantry Marina an annual destination for your summer voyage.

poregan@portofcork.ie

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