Whales

Discovery Trip | South West Ireland

$3,600/ £2,900
Sept 10 – 19, 2016

Depart: Kinsale
Arrive:  Kinsale
Length: 10 days 9 nights
Focus: Whales

ENQUIRE

Discover the beautiful southwest of Ireland’s coast and Wild Atlantic Way! Join us aboard the 72ft yacht Sea Dragon to experience Irish marine wildlife, coastal heritage, culture and craic along Cork and Kerry’s coast. Ireland is one of the best places in Europe to see whales and dolphins and the SW coast of Ireland boasts some of the best sightings of minke whales, humpback whales, fin whales, rissos dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and harbour porpoise. Go in search of the biggest animals on Earth further offshore where blue whales have previously been sighted!

Enjoy the craic (fun) and ceoil (music) of Dingle and other stop offs along the way. Experience the wildness of Irelands west coast and encounter ethereal scenes of the rugged coast and islands like the Skelligs UNESCO world heritage site on your journey.

Your host Lucy Hunt a local marine biologist from county Kerry has been working in these waters for the past five years and knows what to look out for, as well as the fantastic marine heritage along the coastline and some of the best spots to rest up for a great pint of Guinness, ceoil agus craic! Be prepared to really experience the Wild Atlantic Way at its best!

Eric Loss – Skipper

Eric has been sailing competitively since his time as a a young mariner and in 2011 he sailed around the world single-handed, and told his story in Loss at Sea.

Eric has been Captain on board Sea Dragon since January 2013 and he loves to facilitate the understanding of and connection to the sea for all of those who come on board.

Shanley McEntee – First Mate

Shanley has been all over the world and covered over 40,000 miles on all different types of sailing yachts and loves to do everything from scuba diving to surfing to swimming.

With a degree in Environmental Policy and Marine Science, Shanley continues to explore the world and the different issues mother earth faces. She’s full time with Sea Dragon as First Mate since January of 2013.

Lucy Hunt – Mission Leader

Lucy Hunt grew up in a small coastal village; Waterville, Co. Kerry in the SW of Ireland, this is where she developed her love and fascination of the sea from a young age. Living on the Wild Atlantic Way (a famous picturesque driving route) she was blessed with the sea on her doorstep and as her first playground! Starting to scuba dive when she was 12 years old she discovered the beauty and biodiversity of the underwater world and wanted to learn more about its many inhabitants. As an undergraduate Lucy studied a Joint Honours Degree in marine biology/zoology and she was awarded her Masters in Marine Environmental Protection by the University of Wales Bangor from which she moved on to manage Irelands top class beaches with local government agencies.

She has also worked on projects in warmer climes such as Australia, Fiji, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and the Maldives with coastal communities on marine ecotourism, research, awareness and conservation. She was one of the founding members of the Irish Basking Shark Study Group where she has been active in fieldwork, research and awareness. Lucy was appointed the Education officer with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and she has also worked offshore on ships for over 5 years as a marine environmental advisor in places like the Arctic, Africa, Adriatic and the Black Sea.

In 2014 Lucy opened her own marine awareness and activity centre in her hometown called Sea Synergy where she leads a team in marine research and has lots of fun delivering her experiential learning marine awareness workshops with all ages. Lucy is an ocean advocate and has given presentations on marine conservation to corporations, government, schools and families. She has featured in different media for being passionate about her work see Lucy Hunt – Living her dream

As a trained Health Coach with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition Lucy believes that relationships, exercise, career, and spirituality are as important to your health as the food you eat and encourages a holistic approach to supporting the whole person. She enjoys empowering people to be their happiest healthiest self.

Lucy is passionate about continuous self- improvement; she reads numerous books, takes workshops and discovers the international tools that are available for optimum health and wellness. Along with her own tools she condenses her research and what she has learnt into her workshops so you have a rounded approach to your wellbeing.

Being a fun loving water baby Lucy also knows how important nature – particularly the sea is in our overall well-being, she builds nature connection into her workshops which inherently helps connect us to our true self.

Sept 10: Kinsale Crew Arrive in afternoon, move aboard, safety
briefings/whale talk
Sept 11: Depart Kinsale in AM, sail to Sherkin Island, visit marine research Station, depart evening for Sea (weather permitting)
Sept 12: Cruising Porcupine Sea Bight, looking for whales
Sept 13: Sail along 100 m contour to Dingle, evening on shore in Dingle
Sept 14: Sail to Knightstown via Blaskett Islands, evening on shore
Sept 15: Knightstown to Derrynane, explore ashore
Sept 16: Derrynane to Crookhaven, night in Crookhaven
Sept 17: Crookhaven to Kinsale
Sept 18: Weather Day
Sept 19: Crew Depart

*Itinerary subject to change based on weather and willingness to ‘say yes more’ to spontaneous possibilities 😉

Contribution Includes:
– 9 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear

Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from Kinsale, Ireland
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port

All crew members will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to Ireland.