Sailing Expeditions

Step on board yacht Jessy of Adrigole for sailing expedition, wildlife and coastal discovery on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Jessy of Adrigole is based in Bantry Bay in West Cork and has the most beautiful cruising ground for you to explore.  In Bantry Bay alone you have Bere Island, Glengarriff Harbour with Garnish Island, Bantry, Dunboy and many exquisite sheltered coves. There are visiting dolphins, resident seals and numerous sea birds to enjoy.


Charter Jessy of Adrigole with friends or family to explore and experience the wildlife of the Wild Atlantic Way


Observing Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Risso Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Humpbacks, Bottle Nose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Porpoises, Seabirds galore, deserted islands, rugged hills – oh and so so much more.

A day sail will bring you out into Bantry Bay, a 14 day charter will give you wings to head out to deeper waters and bigger mammals. Choose a period of time to suit you.

Jessy of Adrigole is based in Bantry Bay in West Cork and has the most beautiful cruising ground for you to explore.  In Bantry Bay alone you have Bere Island, Glengarriff Harbour with Garnish Island, Bantry, Dunboy and many exquisite sheltered coves. There are visiting dolphins, resident seals and numerous sea birds to enjoy.

The coastline of West Cork and Kerry is second to none, with numerous coves and bays to discover, from Roaring Water Bay to Derrynane Harbour and the headlands of Mizen, Sheeps, Dursey and Kerry within a days sailing. All bursting with wildlife.

Your skipper is the highly qualified and experienced Niall MacAllister – zoologist, ocean yachtmaster, RYA / Irish Sailing yachtmaster instructor, amazing chef, fluent french, tour guide.

Your Boat

Your yacht, Jessy of Adrigole, is a Department of Transport licensed passenger carrying vessel, so you are assured of high safety standards at all time.

Here are a few of the wildlife you can encounter with Wild Atlantic Wildlife on board Jessy of Adrigole

The coastline of West Cork and Kerry is second to none, with numerous coves and bays to discover, from Roaring Water Bay to Derrynane Harbour and the headlands of Mizen, Sheeps, Dursey and Kerry within a days sailing. All bursting with wildlife.

Your skipper is the highly qualified and experienced Niall MacAllister – zoologist, ocean yachtmaster, RYA / Irish Sailing yachtmaster instructor, amazing chef, fluent french, tour guide.

SKIPPERED CHARTER RATES

Charter Jessy with skipper and take a live aboard sailing adventure along the Cork Kerry Coastline or beyond.1 June to 30 Oct 2023
21 day & 20 night  N/A
14 day & 13 night €3300
10 day & 9 night €2750
7 day &  6 night €2200
6 day & 5 night  €2000
5 day & 4 night  €1750

* full meal packages provided starting from €35 per day per person (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

HUMPBACKS AND WHALES

THESE INCREDIBLE MAMMALS ARE FOUND ALONG THE WEST CORK AND KERRY COAST.

Ireland’s marine mammals are some of the largest creatures on the planet and for a few months of the year some of them come close enough to the inshore waters. On Jessy of Adrigole we can spend a few very special moments in the company of these magnificent creatures. Even though these animals do come close to land they still can be some distance offshore and getting to them may involve long treks out to sea. Sea state can be unpredictable out here so strong stomachs are required.

PUFFINS & WILDLIFE

THESE BEAUTIFUL SEA BIRDS ARE FOUND IN ABUNDANCE NESTING AND FEEDING ON THE KERRY COAST IN MAY AND JUNE.

One of the delights of the Cork and Kerry coast is the great variety of seabirds and in early summer the region is host to some of the largest nesting colonies in the world. The un-grazed islands are ablaze with flowers and colour. This trip will get you up close and personal with many of the avian marine wildlife of the area and we get a birds-eye view from the sea watching gannets, guillemots, puffins, razorbills and many other species ferry food back to their nests. If possible we dinghy ashore to visit some of the remotest spots.

DOLPHINS AND FIN WHALES

COMMON DOLPHINS, PORPOISE LOVE TO COME AND PLAY ON THE BOW AS JESSY GLIDES ALONG BY THE POWER OF SAIL.

As the season wains the whales move south and the Dolphins, with bellies full, become as playful as ever. Here we enjoy some great scrambles over the uninhabited Islands, exploring the ruins of old famine villages and take a longer hike around some of the larger islands. Of course all the time we are on the look out for some mega fauna.

BASKING SHARKS

END OF MAY IS A GOOD TIME TO SEE THESE GENTLE GIANTS, THOUGH THEY STAY WITH US THROUGHOUT EARLY SUMMER.

Ireland’s west coast is home for a few months each year to an increasing number of one of the largest species of shark and the most gentle of oceanic creatures. Early season brings these magnificent creatures up from warmer waters to feed on the prolific spring plankton bloom and they can often be seen in large numbers skimming the waters just below the surface, with their huge gaping mouths open sifting their prey.