On the River Shannon October 2011

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Ireland October 2011



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The lake is flat and calm but the church at Terryglass is barely visible when we start. The red buoy J is totally covered by the fog. But we know the route. After finding the black buoy H at Gortmore Point we nearly get lost in the dense fog but a 210° course brings us back on route.

Where is the buoy?Gortmore Point









A RIB is passing from behind at high speed and one member of the crew waves for us to follow but the boat vanishes in the fog a minute later. After a while we discover Goat’s Road.

Buoy GGoat's Road









Could it be Illaunmore in the back? And what are these black points? Are they boats or cairns?

Illaunmore?Beacon or boat?









Both, as we can see coming closer. We pass the two Beacons north of Williamstown Harbour.

Boat and Beacon?Beacon









Next Beacon?Beacon









Beacon with red buoy closeMarker southwest of Illaunmore









The small fishing boats seem to waft in grey fog.

View backBoats disappearing in fog









Then the mist lifts softly and we spot Parkers Point in the distance. We pass Hare Island where a blue and a white buoy marks a recently sunken sailing boat.

Hare Island with Parkers Point in the backBuoys at sunken sailing boat at Hare Island









We reach Mountshannon where we spend a couple of hours. Before we leave to go back up the lake in the afternoon, Kevin and Fiona come along for a chat. While talking we hear a very loud noise. I initially believe that it could be a seaplane but then we spot a Hovercraft, which is launched at the slipway. The fog has lifted but there is less traffic when we drive to Terryglass.

Water fowl on the lake








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