At 17m, she is IWDG’s flagship vessel and equipped to accommodate eight people. She has surveyed Irish inshore and offshore waters since 2012. Blue whales were seen on her first offshore survey and she successfully undertook an expedition to Iceland in search of humpback whales in 2018. Coastal communities have been visited during the summer months where schools and young people are encouraged to visit the yacht to learn about Ireland’s rich marine life while promoting marine conservation.
In May 2019 it sailed on a joint education programme called the Floating Classroom from Dublin to Cork.
Celtic Mist is used to train its members how to survey and record whales, dolphins and porpoises using both visual and acoustic techniques. As an IWDG member, you become a partial owner of Celtic Mist, and we hope you take full advantage of what she has to offer!
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We had an action packed plan for 2020, but like many others, this all changed due to COVID-19. Our main objectives for the surveys were to capture Photo ID of cetacean species encountered. We will sail again, so watch this space.
This was the proposed 2020 schedule, cancelled due to COVID-19 but we plan to run a similar schedule for 2022. 2021 plans are still uncertain but we may be able to run some day trips for our members.
Floating Classroom 1
Floating Classroom 2
29 June -5 July
27 July-02 Aug
Charlie Haughey’s old yacht ‘Celtic Mist’ in Dublin for winter refit
IWDG Humpback Whale Expedition – Ireland to Iceland 2018 : Call for volunteers
Humpback Whale Expedition vessel Celtic Mist off the south coast of Iceland
Endangered White-beaked Dolphins filmed in Faxa Bay, Iceland
Celtic Mist has undergone two extensive refits since she became an IWDG vessel. These refits were necessary to prepare her for work in Irish waters when she was originally donated to the group in 2011 and to be ready to sail to Iceland in 2018. Both refits would not have been possible without the voluntary effort of IWDG members.
Maintenance is carried out each winter to ensure that Celtic Mist is seaworthy for her summer sailing schedule. This year they have typically taken place on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Grand Canal Basin in Dublin.
If you wish to help with her winter refit in whatever way you can we would love to hear from you. Maintenance jobs vary greatly from chipping rust to sanding or painting among others. Please get in touch with Fiacc O’Brolchain at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
You can see more about this year’s volunteer call here.