Keyfacts for Rosses Point
SummaryA tolerable location with attentive navigation required for access.
Position and approaches
Haven position54° 18.283' N, 008° 34.134' W
this is the position at the pierhead at Rosses Point.
What is the initial fix?
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How to get in?The 'Erris Head to Malin Head' coastal description provides approach information to the suggested initial fix. Vessels approaching from the south should select the northeast bound sequenced description; vessels approaching from the north should select the southwest bound sequence; western approaches may use either description.
Rosses Point, Irish : An Ros, is a seaside resort village on the north shore of Sligo Bay located approximately 5 miles west of Sligo town in County Sligo, on the west coast of Ireland.
Three largely drying estuaries open into Sligo Bay, the middle one entered between Coney Island and Deadman's Point on the mainland, has a deep water channel leading to Rosses Point and then to the north of Oyster Island and onwards to Sligo Town.
Unfortunately Rosses Point is not a good anchorage as the holding is poor, the tides are strong, and with any wind short waves get up. In anything but calm conditions the passage channel between Oyster Island and Coney Island is marked as “dangerous”, but the local Pilot is available for advice if it is required.
In quiet weather a temporary anchorage on sand is possible off the Yacht Club at Deadman's Point, but it is handiest to anchor in depths of 5 to 6 metres in the reach between Oyster Island and Rosses Point amongst the local moored yachts, but if there is any wind it is wise to have a second anchor ready. It is convenient to berth temporarily at the head of the pier at Rosses Point where the tide is not too strong, but note that a local trawler berths there in the evening; for a landing by dinghy the slip is on the west side of the pier.
Access to the anchorages is reasonable but attentive navigation is necessary because of the strong tides, the shelter is tolerable in offshore winds from the northwest through north to the north east but can be uncomfortable if a swell gets up.
The navigational aid “Metal Man”, a cast iron structure 4 metres high and weighing 7.5 tonnes, was placed on Perch Rock at the entrance to the Sligo Channel in 1822 and has a beacon on it. The sculpture dressed and painted in a uniform depicts a naval petty officer in Napoleon's time, and has an outstretched arm which points up the safe channel to Sligo town.
Why visit here?Rosses Point is a seaside resort village and is also the name of the surrounding peninsula, it has two magnificent blue flag sandy beaches, an 18 hole championship golf course, and is set against the backdrop of the spectacular Dartry mountain range and the beauty of Sligo Bay. It is a seafaring village and also a popular sailing resort having two local Yacht Clubs, and during the summer months on approaching Rosses Point beach you will see all the yachts dotted along the coast.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution Sligo Bay Lifeboat Station is situated next to Rosses Point pier and located near to it is the “Waiting on the Shore” monument which depicts a woman holding her arms out to sea and stands as a memorial to Rosses Point men lost at sea, and the sculpture also commemorates the women who waited on the shore for their men.
Many houses in Rosses Point village have close associations with the Yeats family. One such house Elsinore Lodge was built by John Black, known as Black Jack he was a successful smuggler who created much needed local employment, and following his demise the house and lands were seized by the authorities much to the dismay of the locals. Henry Middleton, who was a cousin of the famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats, occupied Elsinore Lodge and William and his artist brother Jack spent their summer holidays there. The enchanting atmosphere and character of Rosses Point helped to inspire the young men's imagination and artistic talents with a lifelong expression. Those who lived in Elsinore Lodge firmly believed it to be haunted by smugglers, and spoke of often hearing three ghostly knocks on the window pane. The tales of daring seamen, smugglers, ships and pirates were all for real, and with breathtaking scenes of land, sea and mountain the Yeats brothers were in the midst of a special place and they knew it. Sadly Elsinore Lodge is now in a desperate state of repair.
Interestingly as recently as 1985 at Streedagh Strand north of Rosses Point, marine archeologists uncovered wrecked ships of the Spanish Armada which were storm driven on to this coast in 1588 much to the delight of the secret oath-bound gangs of smugglers.
Sligo Yacht Club have their base at Deadman's Point at the western end of the Rosses Point peninsula, and visitors are welcome to use their facilities which include a slipway, showers and a bar.
There is a marked walk from Rosses Point along the peninsula called the Rosses Coastal Walk which is relatively flat and easy, or should you prefer you can take a Guided Tour walk of the same area.
Rosses Point village has some facilities, small shops, a doctors, good accommodation, pubs and bars, and restaurants and cafes; and the area is well served by transport links as Sligo regional airport at Strandhill is nearby and local bus service no. 473 connects with Sligo town which has more facilities if required. If you should happen to be at Rosses Point in June, make a point of taking in the "Home From the Sea" - Rosses Point Shanty and Seafaring Festival, it's well worth a visit.
What facilities are available?Rosses Point has a few small shops, a post office, a Doctors surgery, pubs and bars, and cafes and restaurants. Sligo Yacht Club will permit guests the use of their showers and toilet facilities by arrangement and visitors are warmly welcome in their bar.
With thanks to:inyourfootsteps.com site research.
The following video presents a short film showing the beach and general views.
The following video presents footage of a fishing boat moving past Rosses point at a very fast pace. Note the rate of the tidal flow.
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