Filming with the BBC for Coast Lives programme

August 08, 2017

We got it lucky with the weather (most of the time) whilst Barra Best and the team from the BBC got on board for some epic sailing, scenery and sunshine.

What a trip we had. Having put Nebraska on location at Portrush for the arrival of the BBC film crew, we all met before midday on Saturday 5th August. The sun was shining, though the winds were light - but hey, it wasn't raining!

Magilligan Point, Downhill Kite Festival & Portrush

We slipped lines and headed for Magilligan point where the filming was to begin. The support boat carried camera crew whilst we sailed towards the Tuns Buoy and into Lough Foyle. The drone guys were on shore at Greencastle so were able to capture some amazing footage as we left the lough and took the shortcut between the Tuns Bank and the shore. We were welcomed at Downhill by the annual kite flying festival which really was a spectacle in itself.

The festivities in the Harbour Bar and Portrush Yacht Club made Sunday a little harder to take. Heavy rain and wind on the nose meant that the volvo had to do the work that day. Barra's selfie videos kept us entertained (take a look at his facebook page if you need a laugh!). The weather didn't stop us from capturing the amazing sights of Dunluce Castle, Portbradden, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Fairhead, the Gobbins and of course, the industrial landscape of the capital as we made our way down the lough to Belfast. 

The Ards Peninsula, calm seas & fair winds: Parasailor time

Sunshine and fair winds took us to Ardglass on day three. Sailing east of the Copeland Islands gave the opportunity for some good filming of the lighthouse. A couple of friendly resident seals welcomed us into the tight harbour of Ardglass. The welcome was extended by the harbour attendant and Curran's steakhouse who sent a car to collect us from the marina. A good night's sleep was had by all after some good food and a couple of social drinks.

Day four saw the Irish Sea as flat as it could ever get. The sun shone, the winds were fair and conditions simply couldn't have been better. There was only one thing for it; get the spinnaker up (or a parasail in our case). What a day; the photos speak for themselves. We sailed with the parasail passed St John's Point and down to Cranfield Point. Once snuffed and back in it's bag, we motored down Carlingford Lough and into Warrenpoint.

Carlingford Lough and a warm welcome at Warrenpoint Port

A quick drop off and we were back to catch the tide as we headed north again. We got as far as Portavogie with wind and tide just getting the better of us. We bunkered there for the night, amongst the many fishing boats in this industrial but very welcoming harbour. 92nm in one day is fair enough going.

What a trip. Keep an eye out for the programme going on air on BBC One Northern Ireland later in 2017.