What is the route?
- • Close east of Dundrum Bay
- • Close east of the entrance to Carlingford Lough
- • Close east of the Skerries
- • Inside Lambay
- • Close east of Ben of Howth
Why sail this route?This is a coastal sequence for cruisers who want to stay in inshore waters to enjoy the coastal scenery, its calmer seas and drop into the many listed passage havens described along the way.
Those intent upon making a fast passage will find the Bangor to Dublin , either way, with 12 hours of a favourable tide, offers a better plan for this length of the coast.
What are the navigational notes?
The 70 miles of coast between Strangford Lough and Dublin Bay has comparatively few dangers when compared to other Irish coastal stretches. Rockabill, the Skerries and Lambay are the only deep water off-lying obstructions that require any consideration.
The complete course is 66.31 miles from the waypoint '1 mile south of the Strangford Light Float' to '¼ a mile east Dublin Bay buoy' tending in a south south westerly direction (reciprocal north north easterly).
1 mile south of the Strangford Light Float, 54° 17.550' N, 005° 28.680' W
The Strangford Lough Marker Light Float approach marker, LFl 10s, is situated a mile and a half to the southeast of Ballyquintin Point. It is on the bearing of 323.7° T of Angus Rock Lighthouse (2.9 miles with the entrance to Strangford Lough) used for entering The Narrows.
► Next waypoint: 6.63 miles, course ⇓ 233.54°T (reciprocal ⇑ 53.54°T)
1 mile east of St John’s Point Light, 54° 13.605' N, 005° 37.800' W
The prominent 40-metre high Saint John’s Point Lighthouse, Q(2) 7.5s (Red. Vis.), stands on the southeast side of Saint John’s Point, a low promontory that makes up the east entrance point of Dundrum Bay.
► Next waypoint: 18.73 miles, course ⇓ 225.07°T (reciprocal ⇑ 45.07°T)
1 mile east of Hellyhunter South Cardinal, 54° 0.351' N, 006° 0.350' W
Hellyhunter South Cardinal Q (6) + LFl 15s moored about 1.5 miles southeast of Cranfield Point at the entrance to Carlingford Lough. It marks Hellyhunter Rock, with 1.5 metres of water, located 1.2 miles east by south from the point.
► Next waypoint: 25.28 miles, course ⇓ 184.16°T (reciprocal ⇑ 4.16°T)
½ a mile east of The Skerries' St. Patrick’s Island, 53° 35.150' N, 006° 3.440' W
St. Patrick’s, the outermost island of The Skerries group, is distinguished by the ruins of a church on its southwest end.
► Next waypoint: 5.80 miles, course ⇓ 181.88°T (reciprocal ⇑ 1.88°T)