Overview

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!

Follow her story here

Survey
Schedule 2022

We have a full schedule planned for 2022 including Floating Classroom. Our main objective for the surveys will be to give  members an opportunity to see whales and dolphins and porpoises with the guidance of marine biologists and of course to capture Photo ID of cetacean species encountered.

2022 schedule

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    Day sails from Poolbeg
    11-17 April
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    Day sails from Poolbeg
    18-24 April
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    Day sails from Poolbeg
    25 April – 1 May
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    Skipper training Poolbeg
    2 -7 May
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     Floating Classroom 1
    8-15 May
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    Floating Classroom 2
    15-22 May
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    LEG 01 – Derry to Derry (Scotland)
    22-29 May (FULL)
     
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    LEG 02 – Derry to Sligo
    29 May – 5 June
    (Crew Full, Biologist spaces free)
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    LEG 03 – Sligo to Kilrush
    5-12 June
    (1 Crew place and Biologist space free)
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    LEG 04 – Kilrush
    10-17 July (FULL)
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    LEG 05 – Kilrush to Dingle
    17-24 July (FULL)
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    LEG 06 – Dingle to Baltimore
    24 July – 31 July
    (Crew Full,Lead Biologist space free)
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    LEG 07 – Baltimore to Cork
    31 July – 7 August (FULL)
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    LEG 08 – Cork to Baltimore
    7-14 August
    (Crew Full, 2 Biologist spaces free)
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    LEG 09 – Baltimore to Cork
    14-21 August
    (1 Crew and 1 Biologist space free)
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    LEG 10 – Cork to Waterford
    21-28 Aug
    (Skipper, Mate, Biologist and Crew spaces free)
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    LEG 11 – Waterford to Dublin
    28 Aug – 04 Sep
    (Skipper, Biologist and crew spaces free)

If you are interested to take part in one of these surveys please contact celticmist@iwdg.ie for more.
At the end of September Celtic Mist will return to Dublin for her winter refit.

NEWS

  • IWDG Cruise 2016
    Launch Fenit

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  • IWDG Cruise 2016
    Sanctuary Cruise Plan

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  • IWDG Sanctuary Cruise 16 Director Brendan Quinn

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  • IWDG Sanctuary Cruise 16 Porpoise Survey

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  • IWDG Sanctuary Cruise 2016 Dr John Mark

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  • IWDG Sanctuary Cruise 2016 Members Outloo

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  • IWDG Sanctuary Cruise 2016 (Short Film)

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  • Whale Sanctuary Cruise 2016 (Short Film)

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  • Charlie Haughey’s old yacht ‘Celtic Mist’ in Dublin for winter refit

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  • IWDG Humpback Whale Expedition – Ireland to Iceland 2018 : Call for volunteers

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  • Humpback Whale Expedition vessel Celtic Mist off the south coast of Iceland

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  • Endangered White-beaked Dolphins filmed in Faxa Bay, Iceland

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  • Bottlenose dolphins bow-riding RV Celtic Mist in the Outer Hebrides

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  • Humpback Whale fluking in Skjálfandadjúp Basin, Iceland

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  • Margins : Paul O’Neil

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  • Volunteers wanted for RV Celtic Mist Winter Refit : Jan-April 2019

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Volunteering
Opportunities

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 fiacc.obrolchain@iwdg.ie if interested.

You can see more about this year’s volunteer call here.

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