What is the route?
- • Inside the Kish Bank
- • Inside the Arklow Bank
- • Outside the Blackwater Bank
- • Outside the Lucifer Bank
- • An approach to Rosslare Harbour via its main channel.
Why sail this route?The is a straightforward set of waypoints for passing between Dublin and Rosslare and the southeast corner of Ireland.
Between the larger banks, and Dalkey Island, there are many other navigable channels that provide shortcuts which may be availed of with a little more pilotage and tidal focus. They are usually well marked by lit buoys, have ample space and have depths that support large commercial shipping. As such, vessels traverse this length of coast can select these inshore channels and they are well described in the coastal description.
This set of waypoints will, however, be the best approach to take at night, with poor visibility or in uncomfortable weather. Conversely, if you are a stranger to the coast, or are in anyway uncertain, or operating in heavy weather with low visibility, it is perhaps best not to add additional navigational complexity. In this case, it may be best to exit Dublin Bay to the north of the Kish Bank lighthouse and keep outside all the banks, staying east of the Codling and Arklow Banks.
What are the navigational notes?
½ of a mile east of Muglins, 53° 16.500' N, 006° 3.800' W
Muglins are a small group of rocks, located ¾ east by north-east of Dalkey Island, on which stands a light Fl R. 5s 14m 11M
► Next waypoint: 8.26 miles, course ⇓ 167.75°T (reciprocal ⇑ 347.75°T)
¼ of a mile east of Moulditch Buoy, 53° 8.430' N, 006° 0.880' W
Port marker for the Moulditch Bank, Red Buoy Fl R 10s
► Next waypoint: 2.85 miles, course ⇓ 162.01°T (reciprocal ⇑ 342.01°T)
¼ of a mile east of Breaches Buoy, 53° 5.720' N, 005° 59.415' W
Port marker for the Breaches Bank, Red Buoy Fl (2) R 6s
► Next waypoint: 7.81 miles, course ⇓ 174.75°T (reciprocal ⇑ 354.75°T)
1 mile east of Wicklow Head lighthouse, 52° 57.950' N, 005° 58.230' W
East of Wicklow Head Lighthouse Fl (3) 15s37m23M, suitable for a passage inside the Arklow Bank and outside the Glassgorman, Money Weights, and Blackwater Banks.
► Next waypoint: 32.86 miles, course ⇓ 190.43°T (reciprocal ⇑ 10.43°T)