What is the route?
Why sail this route?Availing of one of the conjoining back eddies can add at least two hours of favourable tides to vessel making an east or westbound passage from the popular fishing harbour and marina of Kilmore Quay or the anchorages in this vicinity. This provides any inshore passage commenced in this area with the benefit of eight hours of favourable tidal streams
Tidal overviewToday's summary tidal overview for this route as of Thursday, June 24th at 10:07. Westbound vessels should be close south of Kilmore Quay at HW Dover -2:00, (HW Cobh +4:15 Hours) to make the best of the Ballyteige Bay eddy. East and northbound vessels should be at Saint Patrick’s Bridge at HW Dover + 4:15 (HW Cobh -2 Hours) to make the best of the best of the eddy in the bight between the Saltee Islands and Carnsore Point.
East and northbound
(HW Dover +0415 to +0445)
Starts in 05:30:35
(Thu 15:38 to 16:08)
(HW Dover -0200 to -0130)
Starts in 11:38:35
(Thu 21:46 to 22:16)
What are the navigational notes?
St. Patrick's Bridge - eastern approach alignment waypoint, 52° 9.260' N, 006° 33.000' W
This is positioned approximately a mile to the east of St. Patrick’s Bridge to align the best passage.
► Next waypoint: 1.04 miles, course ⇓ 270.01°T (reciprocal ⇑ 90.01°T)
St. Patrick's Bridge, 52° 9.260' N, 006° 34.700' W
The deepest part of the St. Patrick's Bridge, 2.4 metres CD to cross. From April to September two seasonal port and starboard light buoys are provided for this crossing with the direction of buoyage being from west to east. Green Buoy Fl. G6s 2M, Red Buoy Fl. R6s 2M.
► Next waypoint: 0.40 miles, course ⇓ 270.00°T (reciprocal ⇑ 90.00°T)
St. Patrick's Bridge - western approach alignment waypoint, 52° 9.260' N, 006° 35.350' W
About 400 metres west of St. Patrick’s Bridge and very close to the Kilmore Quay’s safe water marker. The harbour's leading marks will be coming in-line, on 007.8° T, at about this point.
► Next waypoint: 12.86 miles, course ⇓ 257.37°T (reciprocal ⇑ 77.37°T)
1 mile south of Hook Head Light, 52° 6.420' N, 006° 55.770' W
South of Hook Head Lighthouse - Fl 3s 46m 24M and Tower Race. Tower Race which forms when the ebb from Waterford Harbour is stronger than the west-going stream becomes violent in strong westerly winds, and particularly so between about 2 hours before to 2 hours after High Water Dover.