Family Friendly Coastal Sailing in Ireland
- Vessel: Cherokee
- Where: Ireland
- Duration: 7 days
- Embark: Belfast - 8 September 2023, 18:30
- Disembark: Dublin - 15 September 2023, 10:30
Join Cherokee in Ireland for some sheltered coastal sailing with plenty of time to explore ashore between Belfast and Dublin.
Join adventure yacht Cherokee in the Irish harbour city of Belfast as she takes guests to sail the emerald isle to Dublin.
This voyage is perfect for those looking for family friendly, relaxed coastal sailing with plenty of time to explore ashore.
- Relaxed sheltered sailing
- Family Friendly
- Wildlife watching
- Time to explore ashore
- Private Cabins
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
YOUR SAILING AREA
From Belfast we sail up to the Irish Sea and head to the modern marina of Bangor. Just a short stretch, so in the morning we can arrange a typical English ‘Black Cab’ tour to see the characteristic ‘Murals’. A political tour about the ‘troubles’ which still slumber. Titanic enthusiasts can also visit the impressive Titanic Museum.
The next day we will sail, if wind and tide allows it, into Strangford Lough, there is a very strong current here so weather conditions must cooperate. We should get the opportunity to go to the ‘Mount Stewart garden’, this huge botanical garden is in the top five in the world!
At the end of the day, we sail a 1 mile across to the other side to the pretty town of Portaferry, where the filming for the famous ‘Game of Thrones’ series took place, especially those for castle ‘Winterfell’, and thus you can also enjoy a nice ‘woodland’ walk here.
Most probably, we will sail to Carlingford lough the next day, the border to Ireland and an impressive fjord with also strong currents and wonderful views on the Mourne mountains and Carlingford is a charming little town.
The Irish are the most friendly and hospitable people of Europe and the pubs are a nice closure at the end of the day. We sail further on to Malahide, a longer day of sailing with 39 miles, where we have to go through a shallow river entrance with the right tide. A beautiful place and a little seaside resort of Dublin. We end this sailing holiday in the vibrant and charming Dublin, where we, obviously, walk into the old town to eat at a pub and listen to traditional Irish music.
All voyages for Cherokee
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Cutter
In 2008, Jouke Lemmer purchased Cherokee after spending years sailing with his father’s ship amongst others. Cherokee was built in 2000 by award-winning boat builders J & J Design and a year after buying her, Jouke refitted Cherokee radically, transforming her into a truly comfortable charter vessel, giving her a cutter rig and space for a generator so as to offer his passengers power and hot showers!
She is a fast, 16m vessel with a stunning teak deck and spacious cockpit, and she operates with two crew members (her skipper and the bosun/chef). Cherokee is exceptionally good at what she was built to do – pure sailing. Read more about what to expect with life onboard here.
Jouke sails his ship all over the northern hemisphere, leaving Cherokee’s home port of Rotterdam in May and sailing anywhere from the Hebrides and the Channel Islands, the Faroe Islands and Ireland or even down to the North coast of Spain before making the journey back to Holland in October. Join him and his wonderful ship for the adventure of a lifetime – think exhilarating sailing, bucket list destinations and top-notch hospitality.
Deck planMore about Cherokee
LIFE ON BOARD
Perfect for the adventure traveller, Cherokee is a custom-fit charter vessel, designed to ensure her guests enjoy comfortable but exhilarating sailing.
Sailing with Cherokee certainly ticks the adventure travel boxes with a continuous A to B sailing schedule throughout the season. Skipper Jouke believes this is the best way to experience as many destinations off the beaten track as possible and loves to share his sense of adventure with guests.
Guests are actively encouraged to get involved with all aspects of sailing under the relaxed guidance of Jouke. Take the helm, help with the winching of the sails, anchoring and basic chart navigation. Skipper Jouke was born at sea, the son of a Baltic Sea Captain and a naval architect when he’s back on land – you could not be in safer hands!
Sleeping & relaxation
With four private guest cabins, comfortable bunks and two bathrooms at either end of the boat, Cherokee can easily cater for solo travellers, adventurous couples or groups of friends or family. A hot water boiler runs off the cooling water of the generator, so there is plenty of hot water for washing and showering!
Below decks, she offers a comfy and spacious saloon perfect for eating, playing cards or simply reading a book. You’ll find beautiful panelled mahogany interiors, giving the ship that classic feel. A well-equipped galley opposite the saloon provides a perfect social space, ready to bring you delicious food after an exhilarating day of sailing. Eat under the stars if the weather allows in the spacious cockpit, offering comfortable couches and a good-sized table.
Authentic Offshore sailing
The boat is owned and sailed by experienced skipper Jouke and there is a ‘bosun’ who also does the cooking. The bosun will be preparing dinner as you arrive and after breakfast on your first morning aboard Cherokee, you can be guaranteed a relaxed start to your sailing holiday.
Jouke and his crew try to use the engine as little as possible, sailing into port as much as they can. Cherokee only clocks up about 180 motoring hours every year, which is pretty impressive. Due to this, as with most of our vessels, the days of your holiday are subject to the weather, using the tide as your clock. Guests aren’t presented with a tight schedule or itinerary for this reason, and it makes the trip much more adventurous and flexible.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Soft/hot drinks)
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
What’s not included
- Offshore sailing suits are available for hire (please let us know if you need more information when booking)
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
Please read more information on our Insurance guidelines page.
This voyage will be more than 12miles offshore.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
What language is spoken on board?
Dutch and English.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Cherokee has two twin berth cabins and two double berth cabins for guests.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Cherokee has two toilet/shower rooms.
Are bedding & towels provided?
Is there an age limit?
Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes charging facilities are available when the generator is running.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
You can hire Sailing suits for £35 for the week.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Flights go direct to Belfast Airport (BFS) from London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), London Stansted (STN), London Gatwick (LGW), Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Manchester (MAN), Liverpool (LPL), Aberdeen (ABZ), Bristol (BRS), Cardiff (CWL), Castletown (IOM), Inverness (INV), Leeds (LBA), Newcastle (NCL), Newquay (NQY), Nottingham (EMA), Southampton (SOU) with Eastern Airways, Aer Lingus, British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet or Loganair.
Belfast Airport (BFS) is about a 1 hour 30 minute bus ride from Belfast Harbour, on a combination of the G2 and 300 bus route which each run every 30 minutes and are operated by Translink UK. Alternatively a taxi is only about 30 minutes.
Flights go direct to London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), London Stansted (STN), Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Manchester (MAN), Liverpool (LPL), Aberdeen (ABZ), Bristol (BRS), Cardiff (CWL), Durham (MME), Inverness (INV), Leeds (LBA), Newcastle (NCL), Nottingham (EMA) or Southampton (SOU) with Eastern Airways, British Airways, Ryanair or Loganair from Dublin Airport.
Dublin Airport (DUB) is an 11 minute bus ride on the no. 702 or 703 which runs hourly into Dublin operated by Aircoach.