Worlds Most Celebrated Cruising Sailor is Welcomed to West Cork

As the Cool Route project comes to the completion of its three year period, Trevor Robertson , the world’s most celebrated cruising sailor, has arrived in Whiddy Island, Bantry Bay, to experience even more of the World’s Most Adventurous Cruising Grounds. He took the long route  via the southern ocean to reach Whiddy from Rathlin Island. 

Trevor, who has sailed the worlds oceans since the mid 1970’s and now sailing his gaff-rigged Iron Bark II, set sail in 2017, from New Zealand, first stopping off at Antarctica, he made a short stop at the Falklands Islands and then set a course directly for Bantry Bay and Whiddy Island.

In 2009, Trevor was awarded the  American Cruising Club’s Blue Medal IMG-20180617-WA0025 for long distance voyaging and the 69 year old Western Australian who has been sailing the world since 1976, has covered nearly 200,000 miles.

He has spent eight months alone and locked in Ice in the Antarctic Ocean, with no means of outside communications.

We caught up with Trevor shortly after he made landfall at Whiddy island following 90 days alone at sea.

Pictured: Trevor Roberson with Bank House proprietor Tim O’Leary and John McAleer, relaxing at Whiddy island.

Stepping ashore at the Bank House, he was in jubilant form, as we sat to talk outside Tim and Kathleen  O’Leary’s Bank House Bar and Restaurant, discussing Trevor’s many adventures aboard the steel built yacht, which he built in the Australian Bush.

The objectives of the Cool Route are related to bringing new business opportunities to remote coastal communities, he readily identifies the potential for much more voyaging  on areas of the route, bringing new business opportunities to a wide range of coastal enterprises.

As a lone sailor covering oceans throughout the world, Trevor possesses a fascinating knowledge of some of the planet’s most  remote coastal locations, flora and fauna.

Trevor writes a blog on his many cruising adventures covering almost 50 years non- stop voyaging around the world’s oceans and covering close to 200,000 miles under sail.

Click here to read more of Trevor’s lifelong ocean voyages.


His present voyage commenced in Outer Hebrides in Stornoway, before sailing to Rathlin island to take part in the Islands Maritime Festival and then on to Newfoundland and Labrador and southwards straight to Western Australia, and New Zealand, where he spent some enjoyable months at Waiheki Island, home to one of Cool Route’s most distant followers, then to Antarctica and finally making landfall at Whiddy Island, via the Falkland’s.

As noted in Robertson’s Blog  “This year’s venture started and finished on the Atlantic’s Celtic fringes with good company, good music and abundant whisky of quality Iron  varying from fine single malt to pretty rough poteen. In between we had an interesting ocean passage and two months exploring an intricate, uncharted coast. There was everything that first attracted me to voyaging in small sailing vessels; it was ‘a complete thing’.”  Pictured above Iron Bark II at Whiddy

I asked Trevor where to next? he replied. “I think I will head for Alaska to see some of its fantastic wildlife”  That’s a transatlantic trip, then through the Panama Canal and up the west coast of the USA and Canada.

In the meantime, while in the district, I think I will take a run up to Svalbard”  he added.

Meanwhile, Trevor is presently enjoying the warm welcome of West Cork and commented that he was not in any rush to leave the unique welcome of  Bantry Bay.


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