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|High Water||Low Water|
|01:14 (4m)||07:30 (0.4m)|
|13:47 (4.1m)||19:47 (0.6m)|
|Time to high||2:42|
|Tide height over CD|
|Mean Spring Curve||Mean Neap Curve||Intervening Period|
Small tidal stream inaccuracies can develop when advancing beyond HW Dover +6. Because of this we only enable today's tidal stream chartlets to advance 24 hours. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by using Ballywalter's future tides predictor below.
The above image represents the current tidal streams offshore of this haven. Streams attaining three knots and above are highlighted by red arrows . All times are in local time with red text indicating springs, blue indicating neaps and gray between tidal events. Click [+] to advance the estimate by an hour and click [-] to step back. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by using Ballywalter's future tides predictor below.
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Arrows represent the direction of tidal streams with lighter or shorter arrows indicating weaker streams. Stronger streams are indicated by heavier or longer arrows, and as mentioned above, red arrows flagging rates of 3 knots and above. Numerals represent [mean neap, mean spring] rates in tenths of a knot. For example the numbers 12,23 would indicate a mean neap of 1.2 knots and a mean spring of 2.3 knots.
More local tidal detailsToday's Donaghadee tides — High waters: 01:14, 13:47, Low waters: 07:30, 19:47
Today's Dover tides — High waters: 13:14, 01:00, Low waters: 08:30, 20:47
We are now approaching the next tidal event that will be Neaps.
High Water: as Dover, Belfast +15 minutes Get Dover
MHWS 4.7m MHWN 0.6m MLWN 3.9m MLWS 1.4m
Tidal planning for vessels departing Belfast Lough is essential. Vessels approaching from the north will encounter tides that run hard through the sounds in and between the Copeland Island Group and the mainland. Those approaching close outside the Copelands Group will encounter races with overfalls as they close in on the islands. At the eastern tip of Mew Island the ‘Ram Race’ initiates and extends 1.5 miles south-by-southeast on the flood and up to 1.75 miles north-by-northwest on the ebb.
From Dover HW +0455 to -0115 (Belfast HW +0510 to -0100) the tide floods southeast. Donaghadee Sound’s spring streams can, in places, reach up to 4.5 knots in both directions making a favourable tide transit a prerequisite for most leisure craft. Streams largely follow the direction of the channel but it should be noted heavy tide rips in a big seaway may cause overfalls to occur across the southeast end of Donaghadee Sound.
Copeland Sound tides are not as strong but still attain rates of up to 2.5 knots with Spring tides. This is not the preferred channel owing to the two challenging and unmarked rocky shoals called ‘Platters’ and ‘Ninaen Bushes’, the latter with less than a metre of cover situated out half a mile off from the north-east point of Copeland Island. Eddies are very strong elsewhere all around the islands group.
Outside the islands the tides turn about one hour later. On the south going flood a vast eddy forms to the south of Mew Island. This circles back on itself in the five miles area between the entrance to Donaghadee Sound and Ballyferis Point. Hence the streams off Donaghadee Harbour are 1.5 kn rotary in a clockwise direction on the flood. However when this vast circular eddy of water courses around to collide with the flood tide, to the south-southeast of Mew, the ill-famed Ram Race shows its true colours. Thus the area is at its worst after the recirculation on the second half of the flood circa HW Dover -0230 to +0015 or about local HW (HW Belfast -0215 to +0030 or about local HW). Likewise the north-northwest race occurs on the latter half of the ebb from HW Dover +0330 to +0630 (HW Belfast +0345 to +0615 or about local LW).
Expect a spring rate of about 2.5 knots off Skullmartin Rock and 1.5 knots along the coast from Burr Point to Ballyquintin Point.
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Headline: Mainly dry and bright, but rain pushing east this evening.
Today: It will be mainly dry and bright with occasional sunny spells, although the odd shower is possible. Breezy, winds strong at times around the coast Maximum Temperature 17C.
Tonight: Rain soon reaching Fermanagh and the west, extending east through the evening, heavy at times. Drier and clearer conditions returning overnight, the odd mist patch by dawn. Minimum Temperature 7C.
Thursday: Mainly dry and bright with the best of the sunshine during the morning, a scattering of showers likely to develop in the afternoon. Breezy around the coast. Maximum Temperature 18C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Bright spells and heavy showers on Friday. Drier with some sunny spells on Saturday, although rain later. Showers, perhaps longer spells of rain on Sunday.
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Belfast Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC). Operational Area: Northern Ireland/ Irish Republic Border, Lough Foyle to Northern/Irish Republic Border Carlingford Lough. Belfast Coastguard (MRSC) VHF Ch 16, liaises closely with IRCG. Emergencies are worked on 16, 67 and working channel. Alternatively, or if ashore, phone 999 and 112 and ask for ‘Marine Rescue’. Police, Fire and Rescue are also available on this number. Belfast (MRSC) may be contacted directly on +44 2891 463 933.
Other useful contacts in this area:
Ballywalter does not have a Harbour master.
Try Belfast Harbour Radio on VHF Ch 12 / 16 P: +44 2890 553504
Portavogie Harbour Master VHF Channel 14 P: +44 28 4277 1470 M: +44 77 1207 4609
British Admiralty 2156 ‘Strangford Lough’, scale of 37,500:1 that includes ‘Portavogie’, at a scale of 5000:1 British Admiralty 1753 ‘Belfast Lough and Approaches’, scale of 37,500:1, including ‘Donaghadee Sound’ scale of 15,000:1 and ‘Bangor Bay’ scale of 17,500:1. Admiralty Leisure Folio SC5612 'Northern Ireland, Carlingford Lough to Lough Foyle' SC5612.9 Sheet A 'Portavogie to Ballywalter'. Imray chart C62 – ‘Irish Sea’ plus Discovery Ordinance Survey map 15 (Belfast - scale of 1:50 000) and Map 21: Strangford Lough also cover this area.
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