What is the route?
- • From the Rosslare Harbour via its entrance channel
- • Inside the Bailies
- • Between Carnsore Point and the Tercheen and Black Rock
- • Between the Saltee Islands and the mainland via St. Patrick's Bridge
- • South of Hook Head and directly to the Cork Habour entrance
Why sail this route?The is a straightforward set of waypoints providing a coastal route to passing between Rosslare and Cork Harbour whilst rounding the southeast corner of Ireland. Boats approaching from Saint George's Channel, or the east coast of Ireland, and rounding Carnsore Point, Ireland’s south-eastern corner, have two primary options:
- • The 'offshore route' that rounds the corner outside of Tuskar Rock and the Saltee Islands to the south of Coningbeg Super Buoy.
- • The 'inshore route', that comes close in and around Carnsore Point and heads almost directly west to pass through St. Patrick’s Bridge, between the Saltee Islands and the mainland.
What are the navigational notes?
The eighty-five miles of coast between Rosslare and Cork Harbour moves from long stretches of sandy shorelines, backed by lowlands, in the east, to the predominately rock cliff, and boulder-strewn indentations in the west. The passage is interspersed by numerous headlands and peninsulas with a few off-lying dangers residing to seaward of the salient points.
Careful advance planning is required to round the south-east 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, with careful tidal planning, it is more than manageable.
The complete course is 83.33 miles from the waypoint 'Rosslare Harbour Pierhead light' to '½ a mile east of the Cork Sea Buoy' tending in a west south westerly direction (reciprocal east north easterly).
Rosslare Harbour Pierhead light, 52° 15.421' N, 006° 20.260' W
Rosslare Harbour Red Tower, Oc.W.R.G. 5s 15m 13-10M, at the head of the pier.
► Next waypoint: 1.57 miles, course ⇓ 104.43°T (reciprocal ⇑ 284.43°T)
100 metres north of Calmines Buoy, 52° 15.030' N, 006° 17.781' W
Calmines Red Can Buoy, Fl R 3s SYNC
► Next waypoint: 0.87 miles, course ⇓ 135.47°T (reciprocal ⇑ 315.47°T)
100 metres north of Splaugh Light buoy, 52° 14.410' N, 006° 16.785' W
Splaugh Light red buoy, Fl(2) R 6s Sync, situated ¾ of a mile to the east by north-east of an extensive rocky shoal, with 0.6 of a metre on its shallowest part. From here steer to stay inside The Bailies.
► Next waypoint: 3.78 miles, course ⇓ 207.16°T (reciprocal ⇑ 27.16°T)
100 metres east of Fundale Rock Buoy, 52° 11.045' N, 006° 19.600' W
Fundale Red Buoy, Fl (2) R 10s, marks a Fundale Rock that resides 600 metres west-northwest of Carnsore Point. It uncovers at half-tide and dries to 1.2 metres. This is close to the shoreline so some vigilance is needed not to allow the strong tidal sweep around Carnsore Point to set the boat towards the shore. Beware of lobster pots along this corner.
► Next waypoint: 1.60 miles, course ⇓ 233.46°T (reciprocal ⇑ 53.46°T)