If you are looking for new and exciting cruising destinations, The Cool Route has been described as The World’s Most Adventurous Cruising Route. While COOL represents Cruising Oceans On Latitudes over 51 ° North. It also represents the fresh cool air in temperate climates, where you can sit out comfortably, walk around and see the sights in the sunshine and enjoy the scenery.
The oldest Yacht Club in the world is Cool Route’s Marketing Partner The Royal Cork Yacht Club, founded in 1720 and located at Cork Harbour, which is the Southern Gateway to the Cool Route. Stage1 of the trip, which is a favourite of some super yachts, making runs from Cork to Dingle. More here from Eddie English of SailCork.
The route covers all of the coastlines between Cork in Southern Ireland and Tromsø in Norway. One can select any starting or finishing point and local airports with international connections, are never too far away.
Twilight at anchor Bantry Bay
Sir Richard Matthews, Twilight writes:
In 2014, we were able to get our 125 footer Twilight to Cork Week as our mother ship and afterwards headed for the Cool Route cruising grounds of West Cork. The route stretches all the way from Cork to Tromsø, but unfortunately we only had a week to spare following the racing and festivities at The Royal Cork Yacht Club, in Crosshaven. I was very pleased to be back on the waters of the south and west coasts of Ireland and we cruised west as far as Dingle.
It’s impossible to over emphasize just how good cruising in this part of the world can be. Dramatic coastlines and wonderful estuaries rich in history set the scene with plenty of sheltered, uncrowded sometimes deserted, deep water anchorages. For us the real character of West Cork is found ashore with classic Irish pubs filled with friendly locals and really good places to eat ashore. We are constantly surprised and impressed at the really high standard for food on offer, even in the smaller villages.
Sir Richard with Eddie English rounding the Fastnet Rock
For us no trip to West Cork is complete without a trip around the Fastnet Rock and a cruise around the Blasket Islands. For a summer cruise we think West Cork is hard to beat and we’ll be back.
This trip takes in the magnificent West Cork and South Kerry coastlines. Highlights of which are several offshore islands, where the pace and quality of life must be seen to be believed. Coastline villages boast some of the best food and seafood to be had anywhere in Ireland and of course one is also following the Wild Atlantic Way.
For a sample of the scenery, solitude, secure nature of these locations watch the Cool Route channel video on Islands of the Cool Route
On this coastline are several iconic way-points. These include Cobh (Queenstown) from where the Titanic set sail, Nearby, the final resting place of the Lusitania, torpedoed off the Old Head of Kinsale, which now has a magnificent golf course with helicopter landing facility.
The Fastnet Rock, famous as Ireland’s Teardrop and the last sight of land by many Europeans emigrating to the new world and the turning mark on the Fastnet Race. The Skellig Islands, home of European enlightenment by Monks who brought Christianity back to Europe, but now more famous for as a home place of a the Last Jedi Warrior. The route is a photographers paradise, where dolphins will lead you frequently. Whales can also be regularly seen on these coastlines.
From Dingle the route runs up the West Coast of Ireland with iconic local such as the Aran Islands, Galway and Donegal – It crosses Northern Ireland, picks up the West Coast of Scotland, calls to The Faroe Islands and onto the Fjords of Western Norway.
For more information please visit www.sailcoolroute.eu