On the River Shannon October 2011

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Monday 03/10/2011 Terryglass - Portumna Castle Harbour

Motto of the day: A resting day

A mild and dry day starts. The crew is not fit today and so we decide not to drive a lot. We go for a spin to Gortmore Point and then to Portumna Castle Harbour where we relax and go for some shopping to the village. Some dark clouds arrive but it remains dry and we also have some sunny spells.

Dark cloudsTurning in the entrance after going backwards out of the harbour









Portumna entrance lake boat harbourAutumnal reeds









Fishing boatsPortumna harbour









In the evening we go again for a spin on the lake.

Entrance Portumna Castle HarbourEvening mood on the lake









Evening boatingBoat arriving with rope in danger to go into the propeller









Evening moodThe last daylight










Tuesday 04/10/2011 Portumna Castle Harbour - Mountshannon - Portland Island

Motto of the day: A day on the lake and meeting Donal

We start early and cross the lake in a steady SW F4.

On the lakeBeacon rest









Do I see some sun light?









We meet Donal in Mountshannon and have a look at his new and very interesting Historic Navigation Chart of Lough Derg, which is nearly ready to go for printing. We enjoy the company of Donal and his dogs for a couple of hours which fly past.

Donal's Historic Navigation ChartView to Lough Derg









Donal's Historic Navigation Chart of Lough Derg will be launched on the evening of Friday, 25th November in the Mountshannon Hotel at 8 pm by Dick Warner.

The wind is freshening a bit when we start again in the afternoon and we get the usual rolling at Parkers Point.

Sailing boat in the lee of Parkers PointHare Island









Opposite Benjamin Rock we spot the third cairn on Illaunataggart, which we had seen on Donalís Historic Navigation Chart but never noticed before.

The third cairn









Passing Coose Bay the gusts increase to F5 and waves from the side are again rolling the boat a bit. We manage to arrive just in time for the Portumna bridge opening at 5 pm. After driving a further short distance upstream we find a nice wild mooring place in a back water. Willi has to use the bread knife for cutting a branch but these kinds of improvisations are normal when doing wild mooring.

Willi at work









Large (!) bats start hunting in the fading daylight.

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