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Drake’s Pool

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Drake’s Pool is situated on the south coast of Ireland, within Cork’s extensive natural harbour and two miles up the Owenboy River. It offers a river anchorage in a secluded location with a town just within walking range.

Being both inside the harbour and well up-river, Drake’s Pool offers complete protection from all conditions. Safe access is assured in all reasonable conditions by Cork Harbour, one of the most easily approached, well-marked and safest natural harbours in the world.
Please note

That said, although the harbour is marked for night navigation, the river is not marked beyond Crosshaven and requires daylight access.




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Keyfacts for Drake’s Pool
Facilities
None listed


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
2 metres (6.56 feet).

Approaches
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
May 21st 2018

Summary

A completely protected location with safe access.

Facilities
None listed


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Note: strong tides or currents in the area that require consideration



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Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 48.310' N, 008° 20.000' W

In the ‘S’ bend of the river where Drake’s Pool resides.

What is the initial fix?

The following Cork Harbour initial will set up a final approach:
51° 46.580' N, 008° 15.460' W
This waypoint is a mile out from the entrance and near the Outflow Marker Fl(Y) 20s. It is set on the alignment of 354° (T) of the Dogsnose leading lights that are situated on the east side of Cork Harbour entrance. This waypoint sets up an east channel approach but a vessel may alter course to and enter via the west channel.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southeastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Rosslare Harbour to Cork Harbour Route location. Use the Crosshaven Click to view haven entry for entry instructions to the Owenboy River.


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Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Below are the ten nearest havens to Drake’s Pool for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Crosshaven - 0.8 miles E
  2. Cork Harbour Marina - 1.5 miles N
  3. Ringabella Bay - 1.5 miles SSE
  4. Spike Island - 1.6 miles NE
  5. Cobh - 1.8 miles NNE
  6. White Bay - 1.9 miles E
  7. Glenbrook - 2 miles N
  8. Cuskinny - 2.4 miles NE
  9. Robert's Cove - 2.4 miles SSE
  10. Aghada - 3.2 miles ENE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Crosshaven - 0.8 miles E
  2. Cork Harbour Marina - 1.5 miles N
  3. Ringabella Bay - 1.5 miles SSE
  4. Spike Island - 1.6 miles NE
  5. Cobh - 1.8 miles NNE
  6. White Bay - 1.9 miles E
  7. Glenbrook - 2 miles N
  8. Cuskinny - 2.4 miles NE
  9. Robert's Cove - 2.4 miles SSE
  10. Aghada - 3.2 miles ENE
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How to get in?
Drake’s Pool is located 1½ miles above the entrance to the Owenboy River that is accessed from the western side of Waterford Harbour. It is a river anchorage in a sequestered forested section of the river.



Convergance Point Use the Crosshaven Click to view haven entry for entry instructions to the Owenboy River.

Crosshaven’s three marinas and town quay are located on the south side of the river just inside the entrance. Continue past the latter two marinas of Salve and The Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC). The fairway here is situated close to the outermost pontoons as moored craft from the north side of the river narrow the fairway. A host of RCYC moorings will then be seen upriver of their pontoon. It is sometimes possible for small vessels to anchor beyond these just upriver from the RCYC yacht club but the area is normally highly congested with vessels.



Drake’s Pool is 1.5 miles upriver with steep wooded banks on both shores and a road running along the southern edge. The river initially wends in a west-northwest direction for the first leg and then bends and swings to the southwest. Then it snakes around the contours of the Owenabue Valley on the approach to Drake’s Pool.



The channel is not marked but two metres of water will be found all the way up to the anchorage which is all mud so there is little hard to hit. Follow the line of moorings and the outer run of the river for the better depth, tending towards the north bank near the first southern bend then to the south bank when the river snakes northwest.



Haven location The enclosed and wooded Drake's Pool has two pools that are joined by a shallow ledge. There are a large amount of moored vessels here but some space should be found to anchor. When an anchoring location is found the holding is very good in mud. This is much needed as the river has strong currents.
Please note

A tripping line is highly advised in this ancient anchorage and mooring area.





There is a natural slip on the small outcrop to the south of the lower pool. Tenders are drawn up and stored here. An open area will be found behind the trees, stepped back from the road, where BBQs are commonly held. Vessels with a shallow draught, and vessels that can take to the hard may continue towards Carrigaline, about two miles upstream, which also offers a good anchorage.


Why visit here?
Drake’s Pool acquired its name after an incident with Sir Francis Drake the legendary English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and helped defeat the Spanish Armada in 1540-1596. According to local legend, Drake sailed upriver to elude the Spanish Armada and the ‘Pool’ was the point where he is said to have secreted his vessel.

The River Owenboy, also spelt "Owenabue" and in Irish Abhainn Buí which means "yellow river", begins just north of Crossbarry and flows east towards the sea for roughly 32 kilometres. Today it provides a beautiful, peaceful and perfectly sheltered river sanctuary just as it did for Drake 500 years ago.

A very attractive riverside walk, with fine views of this pretty estuary, runs along the southern shore of the river. This was originally where the Crosshaven to Cork railway ran from 16 June 1903 until the 12 September 1932. The lovely river walk, from Carrigaline to Crosshaven, now occupies the path of the railway line. Recent enthusiast efforts have seen railway signals, some small platforms and sample sections of track reinstated along the way to suggest its past.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this secluded anchorage. A riverside footpath along the southern shore leads to the sizable town of Carrigaline, population of about 15 thousand, about 2 KM away. The town is accessible at HW by tender that can tie up at a slip or alongside the old sand quay just below the town.


Any security concerns?
Never an incident known to have happened to a vessel in Drake’s Pool.


With thanks to:
Anthony McCarthy, local yachtsman. Photography with thanks to Robert Ashby.


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