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Holeopen Bay West

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Holeopen Bay West is situated on the southwest coast of Ireland about fifteen miles southwest of Cork Harbour, in Co. Cork. The bay is immediately northwest of the Old Head of Kinsale and it offers a remote and secluded anchorage but it is not possible to land here.

The bay provides an exposed anchorage that is protected from conditions with northerly and easterly components. Access is straightforward as it is completely open and absent of any obstructions.
Please note

This anchorage is open to the Atlantic and requires the entire absence of any swell to be usable. It is a deepwater anchorage in fine shale and gravel. Vessels anchoring here should be prepared to put out a lot of chain to make the best of the holding. This would not be a place you would leave a vessel unattended for very long.




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Keyfacts for Holeopen Bay West
Facilities
None listed


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationQuick and easy access from open water

Considerations
Restriction: landing not recommended, possible or permitted here

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
6 metres (19.69 feet).

Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
2 stars: Exposed; unattended vessels should be watched from the shore and a comfortable overnight stay is unlikely.



Last modified
July 19th 2018

Summary* Restrictions apply

An exposed location with straightforward access.

Facilities
None listed


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationQuick and easy access from open water

Considerations
Restriction: landing not recommended, possible or permitted here



Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 36.969' N, 008° 33.027' W

This is around the head under the western side.

What is the initial fix?

The following will set up a final approach:
51° 35.922' N, 008° 33.274' W
This waypoint is approximately three quarters of a mile to the southwest by west of the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse Fl (2) 10s 72m 20M. A course of 4° T from here will lead in to the bay.


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 Holeopen Bay West for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Holeopen Bay East - 0.4 miles E
  2. Sandy Cove - 2.4 miles NNE
  3. Coolmain Bay - 3 miles WNW
  4. Blindstrand Bay - 3.1 miles W
  5. Kinsale Harbour - 3.3 miles NNE
  6. Broadstrand Bay - 3.3 miles W
  7. Seven Heads Bay - 3.6 miles WSW
  8. Oysterhaven - 3.7 miles NE
  9. Courtmacsherry - 3.8 miles W
  10. Dunworly Bay - 5 miles WSW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Holeopen Bay East - 0.4 miles E
  2. Sandy Cove - 2.4 miles NNE
  3. Coolmain Bay - 3 miles WNW
  4. Blindstrand Bay - 3.1 miles W
  5. Kinsale Harbour - 3.3 miles NNE
  6. Broadstrand Bay - 3.3 miles W
  7. Seven Heads Bay - 3.6 miles WSW
  8. Oysterhaven - 3.7 miles NE
  9. Courtmacsherry - 3.8 miles W
  10. Dunworly Bay - 5 miles WSW
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How to get in?


Holeopen Bay West is situated on the west side of bold projecting Old Head Of Kinsale headland that is bounded by steep cliffs with a prominent lighthouse on its southern extremity. It is entered between Ringagurteen, just over a ½ mile northwest of the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse, and Ringalurisky Point, just over a mile further northward. The bay offers a remote and secluded anchorage in settled easterly conditions but it is not possible to land here.

The conspicuous Old Head of Kinsale and lighthouse provides a conspicuous mark for at least twenty miles in all directions. The head’s outer portion rises to a height of 76 metres and is almost isolated except for a narrow isthmus, about 120 metres across, that connects it to the mainland. The ruin of De Courcy Castle stands over the isthmus, and a short distance to the north of it there is an old telegraph tower. On the extreme southern point of the head is the lighthouse. The 30 metres high tower is painted black with two white belts and is visible in clear weather for up to 20 miles. There is a disused light structure standing about half a mile north of the light on the eastern side of the headland

Old Head of Kinsale - lighthouse Fl (2) 10s 72m 20M position: 51°36.287'N, 008°32.018'W

Western Approach Vessels approaching from the west will find access straightforward as there are no obstructions and the initial fix can be dispensed with for a direct approach into Holeopen Bay West.

Eastern Approach Vessels approaching from the east to the initial fix waypoint is just as obvious.



Initial fix location From the initial fix a course of 4°T from here will lead into the bay.
Please note

Races and overfalls form off the head at the extremity of the tides; to the southwest of the head in a west-going stream, and to the southeast of the head in an east-going stream. When overfalls are observed vessels should keep a mile off.



Haven location The anchorage is situated off the narrow neck halfway out on the western side and in the middle of Holeopen Bay west. It is located about 0.8 of a nautical mile due north of the lighthouse itself. The ruin of De Courcy Castle standing over the isthmus makes a good lead-in mark. Drop anchor according to personal preference.


Why visit here?
Details of the cliffy and spectacular Old Head of Kinsale headland and its much-venerated lighthouse are covered in the Holeopen Bay East Click to view haven entry. Of the two bays, Holeopen Bay East is more frequently used as it provides protection from the prevailing south-westerlies.

From a boating perspective, Holeopen Bay West is a convenient place to drop into to acquire protection from easterly or north-easterly elements, to wait out a tide, or to have a lunch break in settled conditions.

It is also possible to stay overnight in settled conditions. Because this is a major headland there is always a chance of seeing some of the larger marine wildlife. It is not uncommon to spot Sunfish, Porpoises or Dolphins as well as the spectacular bird colonies on the western side of Holeopen Bay.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities in this secluded bay.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored in Holeopen Bay West.


With thanks to:
Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Photos with thanks to Dr. David J Otway, John M, tiarescott, John Finn and Burke Corbett.




























Aerial view of Old Head of Kinsale



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