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Rincolisky Harbour

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Located on Ireland’s southwest coast in Co. Cork, to the north of Sherkin Island and northeast of Hare Island, Rincolisky Harbour is situated within a mainland sea inlet. The area provides a secluded anchorage in a remote location close to Cunnamore ferry and fishing pier.

Set within an inlet that is enclosed behind two islands with rocky shoals, Rincolisky Harbour offers good protection from all but very strong southerly winds. Approaches to the general area, from the north end of Baltimore Harbour or directly from Long Island Bay, have few marks, are intricate and challenging. The final approach to the entrance necessitates a vessel working its way through some rocky shoals. All of this requires careful navigation in settled conditions with good visibility.
Please note

Rincolisky Harbour inlet is only suitable for shallow draft vessels but there are good depths available off Cunnamore pier. Local advice is recommended and Baltimore’s Harbour Master is familiar with Rincolisky Harbour and will be delighted to advise.




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Keyfacts for Rincolisky Harbour
Facilities
Slipway available


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Dangerous to enter when it is Beaufort force 3 or more from SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW, WSW and W.Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierNote: could be two hours or more from the main waterways

Protected sectors

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

Approaches
2 stars: Careful navigation; good visibility and conditions with dangers that require careful navigation.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Last modified
May 10th 2018

Summary* Restrictions apply

A good location with careful navigation required for access.

Facilities
Slipway available


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Dangerous to enter when it is Beaufort force 3 or more from SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW, WSW and W.Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pierNote: could be two hours or more from the main waterways



Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 30.227' N, 009° 25.474' W

This is set on the head of Cunnamore pier.

What are the initial fixes?

The following waypoints will set up a final approach:

(i) Baltimore Harbour initial fix

51° 28.120' N, 009° 23.423' W

This is a quarter of a mile due south of the entrance, midway between Beacon & Barrack Point in the white sector of the lighthouse.

(ii) Baltimore north entrance initial fix

51° 28.080' N, 009° 27.450' W

This is set on the clearing line of bearing 230°T of Clare Island's Doonanore Castle ruins open east of Illauneana, as best seen on Admiralty 2129, and about midway between the Toorane Rocks and Carrigmore.
Please note

Initial fixes only set up their listed targets. Do not plan to sail directly between initial fixes as a routing sequence.




What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in southwestern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Cork Harbour to Mizen Head Route location.


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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 Rincolisky Harbour for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Heir Island (East Pier) - 0.2 miles SE
  2. Heir Island (east beach) - 0.3 miles S
  3. Turk’s Head - 0.5 miles SE
  4. Quarantine Island - 0.6 miles ESE
  5. Kinish Harbour - 1 miles SSE
  6. Off Castle Ruins - 1.1 miles SSE
  7. Inane Creek - 1.1 miles ENE
  8. Horse Island - 1.3 miles WNW
  9. Rossbrin Cove - 1.3 miles NW
  10. Horseshoe Harbour - 1.3 miles SSE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Heir Island (East Pier) - 0.2 miles SE
  2. Heir Island (east beach) - 0.3 miles S
  3. Turk’s Head - 0.5 miles SE
  4. Quarantine Island - 0.6 miles ESE
  5. Kinish Harbour - 1 miles SSE
  6. Off Castle Ruins - 1.1 miles SSE
  7. Inane Creek - 1.1 miles ENE
  8. Horse Island - 1.3 miles WNW
  9. Rossbrin Cove - 1.3 miles NW
  10. Horseshoe Harbour - 1.3 miles SSE
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How to get in?


Vessels approaching this Haven may avail of the Oldcourt Click to view haven general approach directions as the anchorage lies of its approach path.

A useful waypoint that can be targeted is at the mouth of the River Ilen. This is set at the northern edge of the river fairway about 250 metres northwest of Two Woman’s Rock and opposite Heir Island's eastern beach.

Waypoint River Ilen Entrance – waypoint: 51° 29.710' N, 009° 25.120' W



From the waypoint firstly steer north to clear a shallow area with 1.5 metres over it extending from Two Woman’s Rock. Once clear of this steer about 340° for 700 metres to Rincolisky Harbour. Prefer the mainland side of this body of water where the best water will be found keeping about 100 metres off the eastern shoreline.

The principal dangers in the final approach to Rincolisky Harbour are the Corrignamoe group of rocks that lie to the northeast of Heir Island. The east-most rocks of the group are covered at half-tide and are situated immediately east of a line that would join Heir Island and Cunnamore piers.

To keep clear of the group continue along the mainland shore after Heir Island pier is passed abreast port, maintaining a distance of 150 metres from the shoreline. Shallower draft vessels may continue on into the Rincolisky Harbour inlet on this path. Vessels that require deep water may turn to approach Cunnamore Pier after the pier bears northwest.

Haven location Rincolisky Harbour inlet offers depths from 0.6 metres to about 1 metre with the deeper water found off the eastern shore. Close off Cunnamore Pier depths up to 2.4 metres will be found. Land by tender at the pier or on the flats along the shore.


Why visit here?
Rincolisky Harbour’s most notable feature is Rincolisky Castle which sits at the head of the inlet. Otherwise known by the area name of Whitehall, the castle is a more conspicuous landmark when seen from the broad and spacious Roaringwater Bay on the opposite side, which it overlooks from a steep shoreline hillock.

The castle was built in 1495 by the powerful Gaelic O'Driscoll clan, discussed in the Baltimore Harbour Click to view haven entry, who held the power at that time around Baltimore and the islands. Their final undoing was to take an active part in the Munster wars during the reign of Tudor Queen Elizabeth I. After her defeat of the Irish forces, at the Battle of Kinsale in 1601, the property of the O’Driscolls was confiscated and Rincolisky was given to Sir Walter Copinger on 29th of April 1602.

He changed the name to Whitehall, after the name of the townland on which the castle stands. Sometime later the Copingers removed the upper floors of the castle to provide building material for the fine Whitehall House that now overlooks the harbour. In 1690 the Copinger’s suffered the same misfortune of choosing the wrong side in supporting James II and they lost Whitehall to Samuel Townsend. Since then the standard five-storey tower house castle, truncated from the second floor by the Copingers, has remained untouched.

Although Whitehall House which overlooks the harbour has portions dating back to the early 1600s, most of its current structure dates back to the 19th century. It is a fine house with beautiful grounds and private beaches. At one point the former leader of Riverdance, Michael Flatley, considered purchasing it for his home in Ireland.


What facilities are available?
Apart from the pier and the slip at Cunnamore there are no other facilities at Rincolisky Harbour.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel in Rincolisky Harbour.


With thanks to:
Diarmuid Minihane, Baltimore Harbour Master. Photographs: Burke Corbett and Mike Searle and A McCarron.


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