Carbery Sailing
Carbery Sailing
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About
We offer RYA-approved sailing courses and chartered sailing trips on Ireland's beautiful Atlantic coast. Based in Ahakista on Sheep's Head peninsula all training takes place on our Hallberg Rassy 46 yacht. Our professional and friendly instructors cater for novice sailors and those looking to advance their sailing skills. Mini-cruises, milebuilding and chartered day trips are also available.
Durrus, County Cork, Ireland

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Gerry K
Cork, Ireland16 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
A trip on Merlin is a treat while on holiday on the Sheepshead West Cork. Take a day trip, weekend or a longer voyage. See the magic scenery in Dunmanus Bay from the sea
Written 19 December 2016
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226chmr
Malmö, Sweden7 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
My wife and I booked a one week Western Canary Island cruise and are thoroughly satisfied with our choice from start to finish.
The yacht is a beautiful, spacious Hallberg-Rassy 46; designed for blue water sailing and perfect for this location. We’ve sailed on the typical charter boats found in the Mediterranean and Scandinavian waters but such cannot be compared to sailing on a yacht specifically made for the purpose of sailing on the open ocean.

Our route wasTenerife-La Gomera-La Palma-La Gomera-El Hierro-Tenerife and we built over 250 nautical miles which included a night sail and an RYA qualifying passage of over 60 nautical miles. We had one day on land in La Gomera and ate every evening in restaurants near to the harbours where we stayed.

What really made the whole experience truly special, however, was Chris and Aideen’s support and dedication throughout. Chris is an experienced skipper/RYA instructor and we felt totally at ease in his capable hands and Aideen bent over backwards to make us comfortable on board. We were also able to participate as much or as little as we wished.

We unreservedly recommend Carberry Sailing, especially for those who are relatively new to sailing and wish to experience the open ocean. Thanks Chris and Aideen for a fantastic adventure!
Written 12 December 2016
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Nathalie M
3 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
My brother and I spent a lovely week sailing around Bantry bay with Chris for a day skipper course.
Chris is a very good instructor. We learned an awful lot & had a great time (even during the wild Irish weather).
It all sure was grand ! I definitely recommend.
Written 23 August 2016
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Many thanks Nathalie for taking the time to review your experience with Carbery Sailing. It was a delight having you onboard Merlin and hope you have extended your sailing experience since. Best regards Chris
Written 20 September 2016
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Pete B
2 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Two of us decided to spend a day sailing nearby the town of Durrus. I cannot recommend Carbery Sailing enough! While we were only able to go for a half day, the experience will surely stay with us. Chris and Aideen were very friendly and great company, making the experience feel very personal. We asked to help out as much we could on the boat and each spent time steering the boat, as well as other jobs during the 3 hours on board. We were lucky to see Dolphins, who swam alongside the boat for a minute or two. Overall a fantastic way to spend an afternoon in West Cork. If we are ever back in town we will sign up for another sail!
Written 11 August 2016
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Many thanks for taking the time to review your experience of a half day sail on Dunmanus Bay. It was a real pleasure to meet up with you both and spend some time sailing. Hoping that you both made the Skelligs. Best regards Chris
Written 13 August 2016
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PAUL C
2 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
My wife and I had a wonderful day of sailing aboard Merlin. We can't speak highly enough about our skipper and host Chris and how enjoyable and memorable he made the day's sailing for us. Merlin is a very comfortable, well equipped yacht. We sailed up the Dunmanus Bay around the sheepshead lighthouse and across to Bere Island while enjoying wonderful Durrus cheese and crackers and amazing soup! The highlight was standing on the bow of Merlin as a few dolphins swam and jumped alongside. We would highly recommend Carbery Sailing and we will definitely be back again soon.
Written 2 August 2016
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Many thanks Paul for the great review. It was a real pleasure to spend the day sailing around Bere Island with you and your wife and I look forward to meeting up in the future.
Written 4 August 2016
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Onwards
London, UK155 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
We had an excellent morning's sail aboard Merlin, a beautiful, solid and extremely well-equipped yacht.
Our hosts Chris and Aideen were warm, welcoming and very knowledgeable. They made sure that we were comfortably installed on board, briefed on safety and we set off on a cruise along Dunmanus Bay.
Having toured the Sheep's Head and Mizen peninsulas on land, it was fascinating to get the view from the sea, to see seals, the coastal rock formations and to learn more of the history of the area.
Chris and Aideen whistled up an excellent picnic lunch, gave us turns at the wheel under sail and ensured we had a thoroughly enjoyable outing.
If you're visiting the area, make sure to put aside a half-day or even a full day for a cruise in West Cork.
Written 26 June 2016
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Fergal C
Dundee, UK31 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
Three of us took the day sailing trip from Ahakista to Bere Island and back, on a glorious day in August.

The group was mixed and you can either sit back and relax or get involved, I got involved! Got to learn a little about the lines etc and a whole bunch about the area of Sheeps head and the area. Skipper is very knowledgeable across the board.

Stopped for a lovely lunch in a cove, that Durrus cheese is amazing. We cruised further up Bantry bay before heading back to port.

Incredible views, great activity if you wish and fantastic day all round. I`m going to sign up for a 2 day course as I`ve fallen in love with sailing now.

If you have a day down west, do it. And get involved!
Written 13 June 2016
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Dmytro S
Kyiv, Ukraine1 contribution
Apr 2016 • Solo
In April 2016 I’ve had an opportunity to join Carbery Sailing for Tenerife-Madeira leg on their trip from Canaries to Ireland. It was a great 3 day introduction to offshore sailing packed with numerous lectures from Chris and John on various aspects of sailing and passage making. In terms of experience and knowledge I’ve got much more than I could expect from such a short trip. Great food, atmosphere of friendliness and constant sensation of absolute safety on board have made it a great holiday. I can highly recommend Carbery Sailing for ocean sailing experience.
Written 30 April 2016
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Michael O
County Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
Jan 2016 • Solo
My mid-January sailing trip to the Western Canary Islands with Carbery Sailing was one of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences I've had in some 13 years of sailing. We were brilliantly looked after by Chris and Aideen on board Merlin, their spacious and well-appointed Hallberg Rassy. Down time in the very un-touristy La Palma allowed time to visit the island's 2,500 metre-high observatories (site of the world's largest space telescope) and a most interesting silk museum in the village of El Paso. A night sail (well, early morning) provided the clearest stargazing experience you could wish for. And throughout the week we had several sightings of whale pods and had many escorts from playful dolphins. It was a terrific sunny interlude from a miserable Irish winter as well as a great brush-up on rusty sailing skills. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
Written 17 January 2016
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GrainneByrne299
Dublin, Ireland31 contributions
Jun 2015
A really lovely afternoon's sailing with Chris & co - the weather on that mid June Sunday was glorious, showing off the Bay and landscape at its most beautiful best. We saw a minke whale and dolphins chasing herring (or was it mackerel?) - dinner anyway! Chris regaled us with great stories - so much so that I want to spend a few months in Sheep's Head and write a book! Highly recommended.
Written 30 June 2015
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Many thanks for taking the time to review your time with us on Merlin Grainne. We certainly enjoyed sailing with you and enjoyed the craic. - Chris
Written 6 July 2015
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