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Ballynacourty (The Pool)

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Ballynacourty (The Pool) is situated on Ireland’s south coast in Co. Waterford, about midway between Carnsore Point and Cork Harbour, at the beginning of Dungarvan Harbour’s entrance channel. It is a relatively deep anchoring position in a rural setting adjacent to an old drying pier and hotel.

Situated in the mouth of the bay, but nestled in sheltered channels, it offers a tolerable anchorage in most conditions. However, with south-easterly winds, it is exposed to a good deal of sea at high water making Dungarvan Town Quay the natural preferred choice. Navigation is straightforward night or day and at any stage of the tide as the entrance channel is well marked and lit with ample, easily picked up and closely-spaced channel markers that leave little to confuse a vessel approaching from the east.
Please note

Dungarvan estuary is a broad shallow entrance with channels between sandbanks. Care must be taken to use the established marked channel that is corrected on a regular basis.




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Keyfacts for Ballynacourty (The Pool)
Facilities
Shop with basic provisions availableSlipway availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPost Office in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometres


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderJetty or a structure to assist landingQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approachSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pier

Protected sectors

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

Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
3 stars: Tolerable; in suitable conditions a vessel may be left unwatched and an overnight stay.



Last modified
May 4th 2018

Summary* Restrictions apply

A tolerable location with straightforward access.

Facilities
Shop with basic provisions availableSlipway availableHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPost Office in the areaRegional or international airport within 25 kilometres


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderJetty or a structure to assist landingQuick and easy access from open waterNavigation lights to support a night approachSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pier



Position and approaches
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Haven position

52° 5.084' N, 007° 34.563' W

200 metres west of Ballynacourty pier in the north end of a deep hole called locally as "the Pool"

What is the initial fix?

The following Dungarvan initial fix will set up a final approach:
52° 4.500' N, 007° 32.000' W
This waypoint is midway between Carrickapane and Carricknamoan rocks or approximately 600 metres from each.


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. Seaward approaches along with the run across the bay are covered in the Dungarvan Town Quay Click to view haven entry.


Not what you need?
Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Ballynacourty (The Pool) for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Dungarvan Town Quay - 1 miles WNW
  2. Helvick - 1.3 miles SSE
  3. Stradbally Cove - 2.9 miles ENE
  4. Ardmore Bay - 6 miles SSW
  5. Dunabrattin (Boatstrand) - 6.6 miles ENE
  6. Youghal - 7.9 miles SW
  7. Knockadoon Harbour - 9.9 miles SW
  8. Port of Waterford - 12.6 miles ENE
  9. Little Island - 13.2 miles ENE
  10. Dunmore East - 13.6 miles E
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Dungarvan Town Quay - 1 miles WNW
  2. Helvick - 1.3 miles SSE
  3. Stradbally Cove - 2.9 miles ENE
  4. Ardmore Bay - 6 miles SSW
  5. Dunabrattin (Boatstrand) - 6.6 miles ENE
  6. Youghal - 7.9 miles SW
  7. Knockadoon Harbour - 9.9 miles SW
  8. Port of Waterford - 12.6 miles ENE
  9. Little Island - 13.2 miles ENE
  10. Dunmore East - 13.6 miles E
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


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Ballinacourty, officially Ballynacourty, is a rural area with a golf course and a 19th-century pier. The Pool is a deep water part of the channel leading across the bay to Dungarvan Harbour.

Convergance Point Use the directions provided for Dungarvan Town Quay Click to view haven for approaches to Ballynacourty and the pool.




Ballynacourty Point, the north point of the entrance to the bay, is readily distinguished by its lighthouse. Once around the point the hotel and harbour are obvious. Likewise, on closer approaches, the area of the pool is very easy to find being adjacent to Ballynacourty pier.





By night the lighthouse on Ballynacourty point is sectored and the channel markers are lit. Street lights on the pier and the hotel's lights make the location just as obvious.

Haven location Carefully sound out the position of the pool. It has from 2.3 to 3.5 metres of water at LWS and lies abreast and about 200 metres to the west of Ballynacourty pier. The pool is relatively deep, steep and surrounded by shallow water. It is essential to anchor in such a fashion that the vessel cannot swing out and over the surrounding shallow ground.

Anchor as directed in excellent sand and shale holding. Three or four leisure vessels may lie here in perfect safety sheltered by the Deadman Sand. Land by tender at the pier that dries out beyond its head or at the inner slip at high water.


What's the story here?
Ballynacourty’s elegant pier dates back to 1832 and is a reminder of the maritime heritage that traditionally supported the village’s economy. The pier is made up of high-quality limestone masonry that has stood the test of time. Novel features by today’s standards such as the cut-stone mooring bollards and its stone cobbling are as serviceable today as when it was first built. It presents an attractive focal point to the village hotel and golf course behind.




A mile to the southeast and set back from the road in its own grounds Ballynacourty Point lighthouse is a picturesque structure. Built as part of the Irish Lights Building Programme the light was first established on 1st July 1858. It was subsequently converted to acetylene operation in 1929 and electrified on 12th February 1964. Throughout these changes it retained its original form and character and together with its lighthouse keeper's house it makes for an appealing self-contained group that provides a principal point of focus to Ballynacourty Point. It can be accessed via a long narrow lane between holes 6 and 7 of the golf-course.




The championship parkland golf course was originally a nine hole course that dated back to 1939. It has recently been extended to 18 holes and offers mature tree-lined fairways with panoramic views of Dungarvan Bay and the Comeragh mountains. The Gold Coast Hotel located alongside provides a welcome rest to tired and thirsty sailors.


From a sailing point of view this is an ideal holding anchorage for boats awaiting a tide to get to the jetty off the Boat Club and is much used as such by local boatmen. But the haven itself serves as a secure stopover for a good night’s sleep while making passage along the coast. It likewise provides a good place to sit out an adverse coastal tidal stream without having to go too far off track to slip into the next tide.


What facilities are available?
Land at the pier or slip. The hotel offers food and drink. Basic shopping is to be had in the village. Dungarvan Harbour provides better provisioning opportunities.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored in the pool.


With thanks to:
Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Photography with thanks to Burke Corbett, John Finn, Niamh Shields and John C Hogan.


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