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Reena Dhuna

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The Ilen River enters the sea at Ireland’s southwest corner, to the north of Baltimore Harbour in Co. Cork. The river offers several anchorages on its north-eastward path to Skibbereen, the chief town of the area, situated seven miles above its entrance. Reena Dhuna is situated two and a half miles up from the entrance providing a river anchorage in a secluded location.

Set well within the river Reena Dhuna is completely protected and provides shelter from all wind directions. Careful navigation is however required for all of the havens within the River Ilen. The river may be entered from the north end of Baltimore Harbour or directly from Long Island Bay. These have little in the way of supporting marks, particularly so the latter, and can be highly intricate. Likewise the river, once entered, is narrow and shallow. This necessitates keen eyeball navigation plus excellent visibility.



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Keyfacts for Reena Dhuna
Facilities
None listed


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring location

Considerations
None listed

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
5 stars: Complete protection; all-round shelter in all reasonable conditions.



Last modified
May 9th 2018

Summary

A completely protected location with careful navigation required for access.

Facilities
None listed


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring location

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

51° 31.440' N, 009° 22.050' W

In the middle of the river approximately 200 meters east of a private slipway located on the north bank of the river.

What are the initial fixes?

The following waypoints will set up a final approach:

(i) 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.

(ii) 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.
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. River Ilen directions to the anchorage are covered in the Oldcourt Click to view haven description situated upriver from Reena Dhuna.


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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 Reena Dhuna for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Inane Creek - 0.6 miles SSW
  2. Oldcourt - 1.2 miles ENE
  3. Quarantine Island - 1.3 miles SW
  4. Heir Island (East Pier) - 1.5 miles SW
  5. Rincolisky Harbour - 1.5 miles WSW
  6. Turk’s Head - 1.5 miles SW
  7. Baltimore - 1.5 miles S
  8. Heir Island (east beach) - 1.7 miles SW
  9. Off Castle Ruins - 1.8 miles SSW
  10. Barloge Creek (Lough Hyne) - 2 miles ESE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Inane Creek - 0.6 miles SSW
  2. Oldcourt - 1.2 miles ENE
  3. Quarantine Island - 1.3 miles SW
  4. Heir Island (East Pier) - 1.5 miles SW
  5. Rincolisky Harbour - 1.5 miles WSW
  6. Turk’s Head - 1.5 miles SW
  7. Baltimore - 1.5 miles S
  8. Heir Island (east beach) - 1.7 miles SW
  9. Off Castle Ruins - 1.8 miles SSW
  10. Barloge Creek (Lough Hyne) - 2 miles ESE
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How to get in?
River Ilen directions to the anchorage are covered in the Oldcourt Click to view haven description situated upriver from Reena Dhuna.

Haven location On final approach Reena Dhuna will be found on a bend at the top end of the northern length of the river before it turns east and to the northwest of the island of Inishbeg. Depths of two metres or more will be found all the way up to the anchorage. A big holiday home will be seen on the north side of the river with a private slip just above it.
Please note

The holding is in mud which although reported to be poor, is far from the actual experience. The bottom is also foul in places and where a release line could not be used, an anchor or two have been left behind here. As a result, a tripping line is recommended.




Why visit here?
The Reena Dhuna anchorage is situated off an old 19th Century slip in a beautiful remote setting. The slip leads up to a stone boathouse in the grounds of a fine rectory. The associated Church of Ireland building is Aghadown church and graveyard, locally called Kilcoe Church this can be seen immediately upstream with its ivy-clad ruins overlooking the river.

Reena Dhuna provides a perfect location to set down in this beautiful and interesting river. The Ilen rises in the Mullaghmesha Mountains and is made up of five main tributaries; the Saivnose, Coarliss, Achrinduff, Glounaphuca and Clodagh. It has ‘Quality A’ rated water, that means its pollution levels are far below the national average. Fish found in the river include brown trout, sea trout and salmon. The Ilen’s main settlement is Skibbereen that is just an hour’s walk from the anchorage and, as discussed in the Oldcourt Click to view haven entry, is well worth a visit.

From a boating perspective, Reena Dhuna provides a quiet river anchorage in a serene and tranquil setting with plenty of natural wildlife around. It is an ideal location to sit out bad weather in a nice quiet setting. Many local sailors reportedly leave boats here unattended for extended periods with complete confidence that they would come to no harm.


What facilities are available?
Reena Dhuna in the Ilen River has no facilities. Further upriver, the large provincial town of Skibbereen is a one hour walk and is well serviced by buses. The town is the hub of west Cork and has all stores available plus one of the best Chandleries in the southwest that has nearly everything a boatman could require. A mile and a half further up river at Oldcourt, there is a quay with a boatyard frequented by trawlers, that also caters for yachts.


Any security concerns?
Never an issue known to have occurred in Reena Dhuna. The owner of the big house is a sailor and has kept an eye on unattended boats in the past. This has often been reciprocated with a bottle of duty free, which many have thought fitting for his consideration. Of course he may be away sailing so he cannot be depended upon.


With thanks to:
Burke Corbett, Gusserane, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Photography with thanks to Graham Rebbitts, Mike Searle and Burke Corbett.
















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