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Baltimore Rally - August 3rd - 7th 2016

Additional Information for overseas visitors. Accomodation Afloat Ashore Registration Map Chart


Wednesday Register at Bush's Bar
Thursday Skeam IsIsland Hotel Sherkin
Friday Cape ClearLuxury barbecue at Glebe Gardens
Saturday Long IslandEvent Dinner - at Baltimore SC
Sunday"Harbour Fun" in Baltimore HBr/ Skeams / Sherkin

Close of rally for anyone who has to leave. For the rest – muster in Bush’s Bar, and briefing for the "West Cork Run"

Interactive Chart

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On Board & Moorings

Paticipants who seek a quiet anchorage are recommended to choose Church Bay.
Any participants seeking mooring outside the harbour please contact the harbourmaster, Diarmuid Minihane, at +353 87 2351485.

Low tide will be close to noon and midnight, so a sheltered anchorage afloat will be possible in the Cove, for a limited number of "liveaboards".
Trailers may be stored near the old railway station, Castle end.

Sailing Instructions

Sailing Area

Preview Baltimore Bay on Google Earth at 51 deg 29 N and 9 deg 22.5 W.
Laminated copies of the sections of the Admiralty Chart will be available by kind permission of HMHO and courtesy of Mike Stevenson. The Admiraly chart for the area is No 2129. Simple charts with navigation advice will be provided courtesy of Atlantic Boating Services.


Information will be given:
+ At the Briefing at 09:30 at Baltimore Sailing Club on each day
+ By use of the Board erected at BSC (Event Noticeboard)
+ By messages to “ALL DRASCOMBES" on VHF Channel 72
+ By SMS messages to participants’ mobile phones using a group text. Please include your mobile phone number in your registration for participation in the SMS messaging system.


Each skipper is responsible for the safety of their boat and crew. If conditions are such that you are uncomfortable then decision to sail or not rests solely with you. The rally organizers do not intend to encourage avoidable discomfort by sailing in unsuitable conditions, rather to organize alternative entertainment ashore for participants in the case of inclement weather.
If you are separated from the fleet or observe a vessel in difficulty, please inform Jack O’Keeffe by SMS at +353 (0) 87 2663588 or on the VHF working channel, CH 72.
The summary of the organizers' risk assessment is here for information. Skippers should carefully note the hazards mentioned in the "Atlantic Boating Services" charts.


Spring tides will occur on August 4th Times of High water at Baltimore are:
Date MorningEvening
Thursday 4th 06:47 Hrs: 19:07 Hrs
Friday 5th:07:26 Hrs19:44 Hrs
Saturday 6th: 08:02 Hrs : 20:19
Sunday 7th : 08:37 Hrs : 20:55 Hrs


On Arrival

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Bush's Bar will be the main mustering point for participants on Thursday evening.

Daily catering

We hope to offer a coffee at the daily briefings. Check this website and the notices for final details.

Each Day's sailing will include a break ashore for a picnic/cookout and for games and socialising. Bring the food and cooking equipment you need in your boat each day.

Barbecue on Friday Night

We will hold another barbecue in "Glebe Gardens" on Friday Night.
The menu will be principally a conventional meat based menu, but we offer vegetarian choices. The venue includes the famous gardens and is well equipped for all weather conditions so a good time is guaranteed for all. The places will be limited to those booked before Friday in order to ensure participants are adequately catered for.
We plan an entertaining evening for adults and also for children.
Subscription €18,

Gala Dinner

On Saturday night we will have our traditional gala dinner - complete with the award of the event trophy as decided by the secret committee, on clear and fair criteria unknown to anyone.

The gala dinner must be booked by Thursday evening. If you have special dietary requirements (Vegetarian, allergies) let us know well in advance. Meal ticket €28


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You can apply online by clicking on "Upcoming Events" and selecting "Join Us".
Alternatively a rally application form can be mailed with EUR 5 (or £3) to Jack O'Keeffe, 8, Wesley, Carrigaline Co Cork.
Cheques should be made out to the "Drascombe Association".