What is the route?
- • Inside the Kish Bank
- • Inside the Arklow Bank
- • Outside the Blackwater Bank
- • Outside the Lucifer Bank
- • Outside The Splaugh Rock
- • Outside the Fundale Rock
- • Inside the rock groups of The Barrels, The Black Rock and The Tercheen's
- • Crosses St. Patrick’s Bridge, via East, Central and West Waypoints
Or the reverse.
Why sail this route?This is a well-tested route that has been regularly used by local boatman Burke Corbett, both north and southbound, in poor visibility and in boisterous conditions. The waypoints should keep Mariners at the right side of the hazards and the provided tidal timings will ensure the most efficient passage Dublin, to or from, Kilmore Quay can be obtained.
Tidal overviewToday's summary tidal overview for this route as of Thursday, November 30th at 04:27. The Northbound timer is scheduled for a departure from Kilmore Quay which should enable a vessel capable of maintaining 6 knots to reach Wicklow Head before the tide turns adverse. The Southbound timer is optimised for departing Wicklow Head at slack water.
(HW Dover -0030 to +0030)
Starts in 07:44:00
(Thu 12:12 to 13:12)
(HW Dover +0415 to +0515)
Starts in 00:10:00
(Thu 04:38 to 05:38)
What are the navigational notes?
The 70 miles of coast between Dublin Bay and Rosslare Harbour is partly obstructed by a long discontinuous chain of detached sand banks. The banks lie parallel to the coast varying from just over a mile to almost ten miles offshore and some are as long as five miles in length. Caution is required at the southeast corner of Ireland where the Atlantic Ocean and the St. George's Channel collide with tidal flows that attain up to 2.5 knots. To say the least it can be a very rough corner, both close in and well out to sea.
In heavy weather conditions, with wind-against-tide, heavy overfalls will be found all along the coast and it should be entirely avoided. In fair conditions, availing of the waypoints and tidal planning provided, it is more than manageable. This well-tested route should present little difficulty in reasonable conditions for a modern sailing vessel with auxiliary power.
The complete course is 84.26 miles from the waypoint 'Baily Lighthouse' to 'East of Kilmore Quay entrance' tending in a south south westerly direction (reciprocal north north easterly).
Baily Lighthouse, 53° 21.700' N, 006° 2.700' W
Approximately 500 metres East of Bailey lighthouse. This leg is inside the Burfford, Kish, Codling, and India banks and outside the Moulditch bank and Breaches shoal.
► Next waypoint: 23.88 miles, course ⇓ 173.19°T (reciprocal ⇑ 353.19°T)
Wicklow Head, 52° 58.000' N, 005° 58.000' W
Approximately 2000 metres East of Wicklow head. This leg is inside the Arklow Bank outside the Glassgorman, Money Weights, and Blackwater Banks.
► Next waypoint: 29.84 miles, course ⇓ 192.18°T (reciprocal ⇑ 12.18°T)
East Blackwater, 52° 28.840' N, 006° 8.330' W
Approximately 250 Meters East of the east Blackwater Cardinal mark. This leg is outside the Blackwater and Lucifer Banks.
► Next waypoint: 12.13 miles, course ⇓ 192.44°T (reciprocal ⇑ 12.44°T)
Luicifer, 52° 17.000' N, 006° 12.600' W
This point is just 75 metres South East of the mark to visually identify in fog. This leg crosses the channel into Rosslare between South Long and Splaugh rock marks, A call to Rosslare on VHF is required when crossing.
► Next waypoint: 7.85 miles, course ⇓ 215.35°T (reciprocal ⇑ 35.35°T)