Baltimore might have been made for sailing. As Peter Somerville-Large notes in The Coast of West Cork, the area is 'one of the best and safest sailing grounds for small boats in the British Isles'. The large natural harbour is perfect for windsurfers and dinghy sailors, and Baltimore Sailing Club regularly hosts dinghy race meetings. The harbour also provides a safe anchorage for visiting yachts with visitors' moorings, pontoon berths and shore facilities, so it is a popular port of call for yachts cruising the southwest coast or on passage across the Atlantic. At the other extreme, the sheltered waters of Carbery's Isles and Roaringwater Bay represent a unique inshore cruising ground with a variety of harbours and quiet anchorages, where you can sail for miles without venturing into the open sea if you don't want to.
And the pleasures of sailing at Baltimore in West Cork are not just for boat-owners or hardened sailors. If you are a novice but fancy exploring the local area under sail or discovering the magic of the southwest coast from the sea, there are charter yachts with experienced skippers ready to make it a reality. If learning to sail is your ambition Baltimore has sailing schools catering for all age groups and levels of sailing skill under the watchful eye of expert instructors.
Baltimore Sailing Club
Tel: 028 20426
|Dinghy and cruiser racing. Harbourside club house with bar, kitchen and showers. Sailing courses.|
Baltimore Yacht Charters
Tel: 087 2738368
|Skippered Charter. Bareboat Charter. Our Bavaria 50, Beneteau Oceanis 43, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42i or Drascombe Lugger. Learn to sail with us. Sailing all year|
Heir Island Sailing School
Tel: 028 38511 / 086 819 2342
Sailing School open all year. Dinghies and traditional lobster boat. Adults, children, groups, families. Weeks & weekends. Irish Sailing Association approved training centre
Atlantic Boating Services
Tel: 028 22145
Marina and boat hire during the summer months. Marine shop in Skibbereen. Boat sales and repairs. Agent for Suzuki, Mercury, Mariner, Yamaha and Honda outboards