Kevin Leary first visited our marina a few years ago having crossed the Atlantic single handed with great intentions to continue on to Europe ……he is still enjoying our hospitality and services!!!! Read what he has to say.
For those cruisers bound for Ireland who appreciate the blessings of a very safe harbor and a welcoming Visitors Dock, the Kinsale Yacht Club is certain to prove one of your favorite ports in The Emerald Isle. The Club is very welcoming to visitors, and is especially gracious to cruisers who have made offshore passages to experience the beauty of Ireland and her friendly people. Kinsale also serves as an official Port of Entry, and the Harbormaster and Customs Office is located on the town dock across the street from the KYC Clubhouse.
The Kinsale Yacht Club has a full service marina, shower facilities, excellent wifi, and a fine bar. The Club is also the center of beautiful Kinsale’s sailing and many other social activities. Here one can obtain references for many of the needs one may have after a passage to Ireland, for Kinsale is much more than a picturesque seaside village. It is a working fishing port with an impressive fleet. Therefore, along with the fine dining, great Irish pubs, wonderful hiking, and many art galleries, one can also find mechanics, welders, electricians, plumbers, riggers, sailmakers, surveyors et. There is also a diesel pontoon available at neighboring Castlepark Marina.
Provisioning is a short walk away at two supermarkets and numerous gourmet food shops. There are two professional laundries in town that pride themselves on same day service. Propane tank refill is available at Mylie Murphy’s and Cork Gas, and there are two large marine chandleries a short bus ride away in nearby Cork. In addition, the nearby Kinsale Boat Yard is a full service yard and can haul up to 35 tons.
The Club staff is extremely helpful and will assist with your logistics when possible. UPS and Fedex deliver to the Club almost daily. The fine bus service from Kinsale to the Cork airport and Dublin means crew changes and other personal transportation will be easy.
In summary, the Kinsale Yacht Club is considered by many to be the finest Landfall in Ireland. It is welcoming and safe, and serves as a splendid base to cruise the Emerald Isle.
Kevin Leary, s/v Exodus, Green Cove Springs, Florida, USA.