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Church Bay

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Church Bay is the main harbour of the small Rathlin Island situated five miles off the northeast corner of Ireland. The harbour offers a pontoon berth, the potential to come alongside its piers or to anchor inside or immediately outside its breakwaters.

Church Bay is the main harbour of the small Rathlin Island situated five miles off the northeast corner of Ireland. The harbour offers a pontoon berth, the potential to come alongside its piers or to anchor inside or immediately outside its breakwaters.

Tucked into the northeast corner of Church Bay and enclosed behind substantial breakwaters, the harbour provides good shelter and protection from all winds northwest through east to south-southeast. The harbour provides safe access in all reasonable conditions at any stage of the tide by a well-dredged entrance channel supported by leading lights. The direction and velocity of the tide should be the central feature of any navigation planning in this area. With the exception of the deep and well-marked wreck of the ‘Drake’ the Bay is absent of offshore dangers.
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During the full run of the west going stream violent overfalls occur at Slough-na-more, shown on the Admiralty chart, that is situated to the east end of Rathlin Sound about one mile southwest of Rue Point. During gales, the overfalls break heavily and should be avoided. For those approaching from the south, the roughest water may be experienced between Fair Head and Torr Head, where just off Torr Head the Ebb runs up to 9 knots during Spring tides. However, if the tides have been well studied and embraced, a well-found yacht should have no difficulty sailing this area in conditions up to Force 4 or 5.




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