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 2020

This summer begins in Howth in May with Floating Classroom 2020.  Celtic Mist will survey Northern Ireland waters before heading South West to West Clare, North Kerry and then further South off Kerry and Cork.

One of our main objectives will be the Photo ID of cetacean species encountered.

IWDG members are welcome to take part in
these surveys during the following legs:

  •  Floating Classroom 1
    11-17 May
  • Floating Classroom 2
    18-24 May
  • LEG 01
    25-31 May
  • LEG 02
    1-7 June
  • LEG 03
    8-14 June
  • LEG 04
    15-21 June
  • LEG 05
    22-28 June
  • LEG 06
    29 June -5 July
  • LEG 07
    6-12 July
  • LEG 08
    13-19 July
  • LEG 09
    20-26 July
  • LEG 10
    27 July-02 Aug
  • LEG 11
    03-09 Aug

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.

  • 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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