Travelling to Baltimore. There are daily direct flights to Cork Airport from Most UK airports.
Pilot Cutter Agnes is going to use Baltimore as her base as it is 60 miles further West than Cork and opens up a remote and wonderful cruising ground that few British yachts have time to reach.
Jo from Agnes is going to arrange a mini bus pick up from Baltimore at 12pm on the day of departure. It takes 1 hour 39 minutes to drive from Baltimore to Cork (roughly). Please allow a minimum of 2 hours to arrive at the airport before you are due to check in. https://www.corkairport.com/destinations/book-flights
If you are planning to explore more of Ireland by car or train or bicycle, there are car ferry routes to Eire between:
Swansea - Cork
Pembroke - Rosslaire
Fishguard - Rosslaire
Holyhead - Dun Laoghaire
Liverpool - Dublin.
By Road & Parking
It is 60 miles to drive from Cork to Baltimore. See Jo Powell's offer for a minibus pick up from Cork Airport to Baltimore. It is over 150 miles from Rosslare to Baltimore by car. Allow at least 4 hours drive.
Rail & transfers
The Irish Rail network has inter city trains between Dublin and Cork, but it is not easy to get from Ferry ports like Rosslaire to Cork by rail
Air & transfers
Aer Lingus flys from Newquay, Bristol, Heathrow, Birmingham, Paris, Munich and many more airports to Cork.
Ryan Air offers links between Cork and London Gatwick, Luton and Stanstead as well as Italy and Eastern European Countries
Iberia express flies from Madrid to Cork
Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes
Adventure travel is what we do. Any sailing holiday is a week away from using your car daily, but getting to the ports is always the crux for carbon footprints if you do not have time to try alternatives. These are not a perfect solution, but better than doing nothing. Classic Sailing will be shortly investigating the best carbon offset options as part of our drive to do as much as possible to reduce climate change.
Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)
Passports and Visas***
*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.
To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.
If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.
Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***
Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety
Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.
UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations
It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.
Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.