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After a three days cruise from Brest, we arrive in view of the Fastnet lighthouse, build on Fastnet Rock, off Mizen Head, the most south-westerly point of Ireland.
The first lighthouse was build there in 1853, and the actual tower dates from 1903. The light can be seen at 27 nautical miles, and is up to 49 meters high above seawater. It is known also as The Teardrop of Ireland, the last part of Ireland the immigrant would see when leaving their homeland in hope of finding a better new world.
This lighthouse is quite mythical for sailors (at least in my country! :^). Crossing the Channel from France can prove hazardous and difficult, the sea can get pretty rough and seeing this lighthouse means that the end of your troubles are close.
The Fastnet is also known amongst sailors for a very famous nautical race that happens every two years since 1925. In 1979, this race ended in tragedy, when the 303 boats engaged in the race got caught in a terrible storm which took 17 lives. This disaster was followed with a new set of security regulations.

The shallow depth of field is a choice. I wanted to keep a little mystery over this lighthouse, which has made me dream for so long. When I first saw it, well, maybe my eyes were a little misty! This picture is also for me a symbol of the life of all the sailors: hand tight on the helm, however difficult the sail, and maybe your journey will be successful...

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