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Elly Bay

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Elly Bay lies on the northwest coast of Ireland, on the east side of the Mullet Peninsula and within Blacksod Bay. It provides a well-protected anchorage off a wide-sweeping arch of a beach in a quiet and secluded location near a small quay.

The anchorage provides excellent protection and is considered the best anchorage available in Blacksod Bay in which it is possible to find complete protection from any wind direction. The bay may be safely approached at any time of the day, at any stage of the tide and in all reasonable conditions.
Please note

Bloacksod Bay is one of the finest bays on the west coast of Ireland and an excellent, safe haven to run for should bad weather be forecasted, and Elly Bay is considered its best berth.




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Keyfacts for Elly Bay
Facilities
Fuel by arrangement with bulk tanker providerShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPleasant family beach in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBerth alongside a deep water pier or raft up to other vesselsBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic 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
5 stars: Safe access; all reasonable conditions.
Shelter
4 stars: Good; assured night's sleep except from specific quarters.



Last modified
February 18th 2020

Summary

A good location with safe access.

Facilities
Fuel by arrangement with bulk tanker providerShowers available in the vicinity or by arrangementMarked or notable walks in the vicinity of this locationPleasant family beach in the area


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationRemote or quiet secluded locationAnchoring locationBerth alongside a deep water pier or raft up to other vesselsBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderJetty or a structure to assist landingScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinity

Considerations
None listed



Position and approaches
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Haven position

54° 9.460' N, 010° 3.913' W

This is immediately outside Elly Bay and the 2-metre contour.

What is the initial fix?

The following Blacksod Bay initial fix will set up a final approach:
54° 2.662' N, 010° 10.659' W
Midway between Duvillaun Island and Saddle Head


What are the key points of the approach?

Offshore details are available in Western Ireland’s coastal overview from Slyne Head to Erris Head Route location and Blacksod Pier Click to view haven provides 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 Elly Bay for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line charted distance and bearing:
  1. Blacksod Pier - 2.1 miles S
  2. Frenchport (Portnafrankagh) - 3.1 miles N
  3. Inishkea Island South - 3.3 miles WSW
  4. Broadhaven Bay - 5.2 miles NE
  5. Keel Bay - 7.3 miles S
  6. Ross Port - 7.4 miles NE
  7. Keem Bay - 7.6 miles SSW
  8. Portacloy Bay - 9 miles NE
  9. Porturlin Bay - 9.8 miles NE
  10. Belderg Harbour - 12.5 miles ENE
These havens are ordered by straight line charted distance and bearing, and can be reordered by compass direction or coastal sequence:
  1. Blacksod Pier - 2.1 miles S
  2. Frenchport (Portnafrankagh) - 3.1 miles N
  3. Inishkea Island South - 3.3 miles WSW
  4. Broadhaven Bay - 5.2 miles NE
  5. Keel Bay - 7.3 miles S
  6. Ross Port - 7.4 miles NE
  7. Keem Bay - 7.6 miles SSW
  8. Portacloy Bay - 9 miles NE
  9. Porturlin Bay - 9.8 miles NE
  10. Belderg Harbour - 12.5 miles ENE
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What's the story here?
The north end of Elly Bay
Image: Adrian Weckler


Elly Bay, is a small bay on the northwest coast of Blacksod Bay inside and well protected by the Mullett Penninsula. Situated between Ardelly Point and Barranagh Island, about 1-mile north-northeastward, it is the most sheltered and preferred anchorage for leisure craft frequenting Blacksod Bay.

Elly Bay is one of the best anchorages in this area providing a range of depths from in excess of 4 metres. It also has a gradually shelving hard sand and clay beach where vessels that can take to the bottom may confidentially dry.


How to get in?
Elly's flat sand beach
Image: Adrian Weckler


Convergance Point Use western Ireland’s coastal overview from Slyne Head to Erris Head Route location for seaward approaches and Blacksod Pier Click to view haven provides local approach details.

Elly Bay is entered 3½ miles north of Blacksod Point around Ardelly Point. Between Doobeg Point and Ardelly Point the coast is indented by two shallow bights of limited utility.

In hauling into Elly Bay be careful to give Ardelly Point a good berth, to avoid the foul ground that extends a ¼ of a mile to the southward of it. Give the shore to the northwest of the point a wide berth as it is shoal. At night a vessel entering Elly Bay should keep in the red sector of Blacksod Quay Light until well northward of Ardelly Point.

Yacht anchored in Elly Bay
Image: Anne Burgess via CC BY-SA 2.0
Haven location Anchor as close in as draft will permit over a bottom of sand over stiff clay that provides for excellent holding. Depths of 6.4 metres will be found at the entrance and it shoaling gradually to the head of the bay. Here the bottom will be found to be favourable for vessels taking the ground to the depth of 1.8 metres, except on the northern side, where rocky ledges extend some distance from the shore.

It is also possible to anchor in Elly Harbour on the north side of Elly Bay, just to the westward of Barranagh island, in deep water. This part of the bay provides better protection in northerly and easterly conditions but is exposed to the fetch of Blacksod Bay during southerly winds. It is from this quarter that gales usually commence but there is no sea to endanger a vessel, and after a short time, the winds veer round to the west and northwest.

Land on the extensive Elly Beach.


Saleem Harbour
Image: James Emmans via CC BY-SA 2.0


Saleen Bay, entered to the east of Barranagh Island and to the west of Ardmore Point, is mostly shallow and subject to swell from south to southeast winds has a quay, Saleen Harbour, at its head where it is also possible to land except near low water. It is convenient for Belmullet which is about 3 miles away.


What facilities are available?
Some limited provisions and fuel may be obtained from Blacksod village to the south where diesel is available by tanker to Blacksod Pier. Filling station and shop at Drum House, 2 km for smaller quantities. Bellmullet which serves a population of about 1,000, has most of the necessary services that a visiting yachtsman requires.


With thanks to:
Michael Harpur eOceanic.


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Aerial views of Elly Bay and the Atlantic side of the peninsula



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