Cynara 2006 New Owner Fri 25 Sep 2009 18:10:25
Cynara makes her appearance
This is the first view of Cynara as seen by my brother, Joe, and cousin Pat Gaskin. The photo was taken at the owner's house in Longford, Ireland. This happened within a day of it being advertised in the Winter of 2005. It was love at first sight! I committed straight away! A few days later they transported the boat back to Dundalk, close to Cynara's favourite venue of Carlingford Lough on the East Coast of Ireland, about 65 miles north of Dublin.
The previous owner but one was John Arundel who was very helpful in providing information and fond memories of sailing Cynara.
Year of manufacture: 1976. No 1009
Fixing the keel
All Manta 19s need something done to the keel sooner or later. This was the first thing we did to Cynara. Pat Gaskin, my cousin, does all the modifications and repairs to the boat.
Launching and recovery of a the Manta 19 is eased considerably using a trolley-trailer combination.
Launching with new trolley_1
Ready to launch Cynara in Carlingford Harbour, Ireland, using its new trolley. All went like a dream. We immediately took her for a sail, ending the day at about 10PM. A fantastic sailing craft, and very fast!
My brother, Joe, is in the yellow tee-shirt and my cousin Pat Gaskin is directing operations!.
Carlingford Harbour, King John's Castle and Slieve Foye Mountain are in the background
Launching with new trolley_2
Another view of the trolley-trailer with a peep of the Mourne Mountains over the harbour wall.
Moored in Carlingford Lough
Mooring is still free in many parts of Ireland. This one has the Mourne Mountains in the background. The ground tackle consists of two hefty anchors in series. These are taken up at the end of the sailing season, usually late September.
Carlingford Lough entrance lighthouse at low tide
This is a view of the lighthouse from an island that once had a fort, now almost completely gone. It has many fossils and there is a sizable seal colony. It can be quite bleak!
Entrance to Carlingford Lough
This can be rough at times and must be carefully timed for a small boat but the rewards are fantastic with wonderful views up the Lough encompassing Greenore and the Cooley and Mourne Mountains. This picture shows Greenore and Slieve Foye.
Very handy for a quick visit. The pontoon is removed in the Winter.
This is a beautiful town just up the coast from Warrenpoint. It is set in the Mourne Mountains. There is good anchoring close to shore just east of the town. There is also a small harbour that dries.