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Dereenatra

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Located on Ireland’s southwest coast, Dereenatra is situated at the head of Long Island Bay approximately a mile and a half to the eastward of the entrance to Schull Harbour. It offers an anchorage off a tiny south-facing cove that has a pier.

Located on Ireland’s southwest coast, Dereenatra is situated at the head of Long Island Bay approximately a mile and a half to the eastward of the entrance to Schull Harbour. It offers an anchorage off a tiny south-facing cove that has a pier.

Set within an enclosed channel, and well sheltered by Castle Island, that is situated to the south, the anchorage offers good protection from all but very strong westerly or north-easterly winds. Approaches to the general area are straightforward with the western end approach being marked and lit.



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Keyfacts for Dereenatra
Facilities
Slipway availableMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingQuick and easy access from open waterScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Minimum depth
3 metres (9.84 feet).

Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Last modified
October 20th 2021

Summary

A good location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Slipway availableMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this location


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationJetty or a structure to assist landingQuick and easy access from open waterScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 31.211' N, 009° 29.778' W

Just south of the pier immediately southeast of the local boat mooring area.

What is the initial fix?

The following Schull Initial Fix will set up a final approach:
51° 29.947' N, 009° 31.682' W
This is 300 metres west of the Amelia Rock Marker and on the harbour’s 346° T in-line leading through the entrance. The anchoring area in Schull Harbour is a mile and a half from here.


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 and Rossbrin Cove Click to view haven provides local approach details.


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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 Dereenatra for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Castle Island (North Side) - 0.5 nautical miles SSW
  2. Castle Island (South Side) - 0.7 nautical miles S
  3. Horse Island - 0.8 nautical miles ESE
  4. Rossbrin Cove - 1 nautical miles ENE
  5. Schull Harbour (Skull) - 1.7 nautical miles W
  6. Calf Island East - 2.2 nautical miles SSE
  7. Colla Harbour - 2.5 nautical miles WSW
  8. Long Island - 2.6 nautical miles WSW
  9. Ballydehob Bay - 2.8 nautical miles ENE
  10. Rincolisky Harbour - 2.9 nautical miles ESE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Castle Island (North Side) - 0.5 miles SSW
  2. Castle Island (South Side) - 0.7 miles S
  3. Horse Island - 0.8 miles ESE
  4. Rossbrin Cove - 1 miles ENE
  5. Schull Harbour (Skull) - 1.7 miles W
  6. Calf Island East - 2.2 miles SSE
  7. Colla Harbour - 2.5 miles WSW
  8. Long Island - 2.6 miles WSW
  9. Ballydehob Bay - 2.8 miles ENE
  10. Rincolisky Harbour - 2.9 miles ESE
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What's the story here?
Dereenatra Pier set into a south facing cove
Image: Michael Harpur


Dereenatra, charted as Trawnwaud, is a remote pier and slipway set into a south-facing coastal bight south eastward from Schull. It offers an anchorage with excellent landing. A road passes the head of the cove that leads to Schull situated about 2 miles away. The small quay is popular with swimmers in the season.



How to get in?
Dereenatra Manor with Mount Gabriel in the backdrop
Image: Burke Corbett


Convergance Point Offshore details are available in southwestern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Cork Harbour to Mizen Head Route location seaward approaches and Rossbrin Cove Click to view haven for general approach directions as the anchorage is 1 mile west by southwest of Rossbrin and immediately north of its approach path through Castle Island Channel.


Buoy with flag to the southeast of Derreennatra
Image: Burke Corbett


The conspicuous Derreennatra manor house on the north shore makes it clear that the small cove, located 300 metres to the northeast, is being approached. A buoy with a flag will be seen close southeast of the pier which seems to mark the outer end of the mooring area.


Dereenatra as seen from the southeast
Image: Burke Corbett


Haven location Anchor according to draft off the cove. Land alongside the small quay at the western side of the cove.

A reef extends from the western shore to the south of the pier
Image: Michael Harpur


Approach the pier, by tender, from the eastern side as a reef extends from the western shore to the south of the pier.


Why visit here?
Dereenatra Pier in a unique private coastal rural location enjoys magnificent south facing views over Castle Island. The picturesque little harbour must have served as the landing point for the island and its corresponding pier across the channel.

Castle Island with its pier central to the the island opposite
Image: Michael Harpur


From a sailing perspective, the little cove offers a quiet and isolated berth set within some beautiful scenery. Yet it has quick and easy access to Schull which is just 15 minutes away by boat or two miles and a 30-minute stroll from the coves' small quay.

The very picturesque coastal bight of Dereenatra
Image: Michael Harpur


This makes it a good nighttime alternative to Schull Harbour. Here a vessel can benefit from access to the seasonal buzz and pace of the holiday town, but without the disturbance of vessels entering and exiting during the night, and to awake in the morning at a beautiful place.


What facilities are available?
There are no facilities at this remote anchorage apart from the small pier at which to land at high water.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored off Dereenatra Pier.


With thanks to:
Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford.




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