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Rosslare Bay (or South Bay)

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Rosslare South Bay is situated immediately to the north of Rosslare Europort on Ireland's southeast corner. It is a large bay fronting a popular beach and tourist village.

Rosslare South Bay is situated immediately to the north of Rosslare Europort on Ireland's southeast corner. It is a large bay fronting a popular beach and tourist village.

The well-protected bay provides a good anchorage except in winds from the north round by east to southeast. That said, the offshore series of sand-banks provide it with a measure of protection to its exposed quarters. The land, however, is low here and provides little or no air protection in strong winds. Safe access is provided by Rosslare Europort's shipping channels.
Please note

The Long Bank and Holdens Bed on the outside or eastern side of the bay prevents vessels directly addressing the anchorage from the Irish Sea. Be watchful for Rosslare Europort's commercial traffic and also the strong currents on southern approaches.




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Keyfacts for Rosslare Bay (or South Bay)



Last modified
July 18th 2018

Summary

A good location with safe access.

Facilities
Top up fuel available in the area via jerry cansMini-supermarket or supermarket availableShore based toilet facilitiesHot food available in the localityPublic house or wine bar in the areaCashpoint or bank available in the areaPost Office in the areaDoctor or hospital in the areaPharmacy in the areaBus service available in the areaTrain or tram service available in the areaShore based family recreation in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderSet near a village or with a village in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

52° 16.383' N, 006° 22.250' W

This is the position of the recommend anchorage off the lifeguard station in approximately 2 - 4 meters LWS.

What is the initial fix?

The following Rosslare Harbour initial fix will set up a final approach:
52° 14.751' N, 006° 15.626' W
This waypoint is 200 metres south of the North Long VQ(6)+L Fl.10s.


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in eastern Ireland’s Coastal Overview for Dublin Bay to Rosslare Harbour Route location.


Not what you need?
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 Rosslare Bay (or South Bay) for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Rosslare Europort (Rosslare Harbour) - 1 miles SE
  2. Ballytrent - 2.4 miles SSE
  3. Carne - 2.8 miles SSE
  4. Wexford Harbour - 3.1 miles NW
  5. Kilmore Quay - 6.2 miles SW
  6. Little Saltee (landing beach) - 7 miles SW
  7. Little Saltee (east side) - 7 miles SW
  8. Little Saltee (west side) - 7.2 miles SW
  9. Great Saltee (landing beach) - 7.9 miles SW
  10. Gilert Bay - 8 miles SW
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Rosslare Europort (Rosslare Harbour) - 1 miles SE
  2. Ballytrent - 2.4 miles SSE
  3. Carne - 2.8 miles SSE
  4. Wexford Harbour - 3.1 miles NW
  5. Kilmore Quay - 6.2 miles SW
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How to get in?
Rosslare Strand
Image: Michael Harpur


Rosslare Bay, also known as South Bay or Rosslare Strand from a landsman perspective, is a village and seaside resort situated between Greenore Point and Rosslare Point.

Convergance Point Use the directions provided for Rosslare Europort Click to view haven, locally known as Rosslare Harbour, for approaches to Rosslare Strand.

Once to the north of the Rosslare Europort lay off a course for the anchoring position instead of entering the harbour. The lifeguard lookout station located on the beach, situated central to Rosslare Village, makes a conspicuous mark.

Rosslare Strand with its conspicuous lifeguard lookout as seen from Rosslare
Europort

Image: Michael Harpur


Haven location Once east of the lifeguard lookout building track in westward. The area gradually shelves from 5 to 6 metres within the bay area. Anchor according to draft or preference off the beach in fine sand or shale. Land by tender on the beach.


Why visit here?
Rosslare derives its name from Irish Ros Láir meaning "the middle peninsula". The name Rosslare Strand is used to distinguish it from the nearby important harbour of Rosslare that overshadows the village and which ironically, originally took its name from Rosslare village.

The central feature of Rosslare Strand is undoubtedly its remarkable beach. Segmented by a series of hallmark breakwaters designed to retain sandy deposits, the long fine-sand beach is backed by sand dunes and runs the entire length of the peninsula which extends out into Wexford Harbour. Made up of a soft wind-blown type of sand and small stones it is ideal for families to play upon. The beach is very safe, gently sloping into the long and shallow Rosslare Bay. Being east facing it is typically free from prevailing wind-driven waves and the offshore series of sand-banks provide it with an added measure of protection. It has been designated with 'Blue Flag' status since 2004.

What adds to Rosslare Strand’s appeal is its record of being the sunniest location in Ireland. Commonly known in Ireland as being situated in the "Sunny South-East", Rosslare receives 300 hours more sunshine each year than the average place in Ireland and in 1959 recorded 1,996.4 hours of sunshine, the highest ever recorded nationally. These characteristics have all combined to attract swimmers and families in droves to Rosslare Strand for more than a century.

This, in turn, has shaped the village into a tourist resort with a focus on holiday-based activities. It consists of a mixture of private domestic dwellings, holiday accommodation and leisure facilities that cater for anything between 200 and 600 beach visitors in the summer season. Facilities include Golf, with a number of good golf courses in the vicinity, tennis, angling, horse riding, walking and a variety of water sports. The long shallow bay is perfect for windsurfing, kayaking, and dinghy sailing with much of the equipment available for hire in the village. There is also a well-equipped children’s playground close to the beach.

From a boating point of view, the bay provides good shelter in all westerly conditions winds but is unsafe in onshore winds, although the sea is somewhat broken by the off-lying banks. It offers the benefits of a Rosslare Europort stopover without all the difficulties of trying to fit around the commercial harbour operations. The only downside to the anchorage, and also for that matter the beach, is its lack of air cover that would make it uncomfortable in strong winds. But in lighter conditions on landing, for those with a young family aboard it has the all the leisure amenities attached to one of Ireland’s major tourist beaches.


What facilities are available?
Rosslare strand is a bustling tourist beach. Ashore there is a public car park behind the lifeguard station and the shops, restaurants, pubs and the train station with a service to Dublin are all within a 5 minutes walk.


Any security concerns?
Rosslare strand is a tourist bay with little if any boat activity or boating related crime. Vessels that anchor here are most likely be the only boat in the area.


With thanks to:
Phil Murphy, Kilmore Quay Harbour Master.


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About Rosslare Bay (or South Bay)

Rosslare derives its name from Irish Ros Láir meaning "the middle peninsula". The name Rosslare Strand is used to distinguish it from the nearby important harbour of Rosslare that overshadows the village and which ironically, originally took its name from Rosslare village.

The central feature of Rosslare Strand is undoubtedly its remarkable beach. Segmented by a series of hallmark breakwaters designed to retain sandy deposits, the long fine-sand beach is backed by sand dunes and runs the entire length of the peninsula which extends out into Wexford Harbour. Made up of a soft wind-blown type of sand and small stones it is ideal for families to play upon. The beach is very safe, gently sloping into the long and shallow Rosslare Bay. Being east facing it is typically free from prevailing wind-driven waves and the offshore series of sand-banks provide it with an added measure of protection. It has been designated with 'Blue Flag' status since 2004.

What adds to Rosslare Strand’s appeal is its record of being the sunniest location in Ireland. Commonly known in Ireland as being situated in the "Sunny South-East", Rosslare receives 300 hours more sunshine each year than the average place in Ireland and in 1959 recorded 1,996.4 hours of sunshine, the highest ever recorded nationally. These characteristics have all combined to attract swimmers and families in droves to Rosslare Strand for more than a century.

This, in turn, has shaped the village into a tourist resort with a focus on holiday-based activities. It consists of a mixture of private domestic dwellings, holiday accommodation and leisure facilities that cater for anything between 200 and 600 beach visitors in the summer season. Facilities include Golf, with a number of good golf courses in the vicinity, tennis, angling, horse riding, walking and a variety of water sports. The long shallow bay is perfect for windsurfing, kayaking, and dinghy sailing with much of the equipment available for hire in the village. There is also a well-equipped children’s playground close to the beach.

From a boating point of view, the bay provides good shelter in all westerly conditions winds but is unsafe in onshore winds, although the sea is somewhat broken by the off-lying banks. It offers the benefits of a Rosslare Europort stopover without all the difficulties of trying to fit around the commercial harbour operations. The only downside to the anchorage, and also for that matter the beach, is its lack of air cover that would make it uncomfortable in strong winds. But in lighter conditions on landing, for those with a young family aboard it has the all the leisure amenities attached to one of Ireland’s major tourist beaches.

Other options in this area


Click the 'Next' and 'Previous' buttons to progress through neighbouring havens in a coastal 'clockwise' or 'anti-clockwise' sequence. Alternatively here are the ten nearest havens available in picture view:
Coastal clockwise:
Rosslare Europort (Rosslare Harbour) - 1 miles SE
Ballytrent - 2.4 miles SSE
Carne - 2.8 miles SSE
Little Saltee (landing beach) - 7 miles SW
Little Saltee (east side) - 7 miles SW
Coastal anti-clockwise:
Wexford Harbour - 3.1 miles NW
Cahore (Polduff) - 11.7 miles NNE
Courtown Harbour - 14.2 miles NNE
Arklow - 20.1 miles NNE
Wicklow Harbour - 27.5 miles NNE

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Ron Lub wrote this review on May 29th 2019:

Good Anchorage, there are also 3 yellow visitors moorings (€ 10,00) with a minimum depth of 3 mtr.
we anchored more south in the corner becouse the southern swell..
very good holding, watch out for fishmarks...

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