What is the route?
- • North of the Garvan Islands and inside Inishtrahull
- • Inside Rathlin Island
- • Inside the Maidens
- • Outside Hunter Rock
- • Outside the Lucifer Bank
- • Through Donaghadee Sound.
- • Outside South Rock.
Why sail this route?This is a coastal sequence for cruisers who want to stay in inshore waters to enjoy the coastal scenery that this simply beautiful sailing area has to offer. The inshore route also benefits from the calmer seas that the lee of land offers from the prevailing south westerlies. It is also conveniently close to the many listed passage havens described along the way.
What are the navigational notes?
2 miles south of Inishtrahull Light, 55° 23.870' N, 007° 14.628' W
A 23-metre high Lighthouse, Fl (3) 15s (Red. Vis.), that stands on the west side of the island. This is in Inishtrahull Sound that lies between the Garvan Isles and Inishtrahull.
► Next waypoint: 15.31 miles, course ⇓ 124.91°T (reciprocal ⇑ 304.91°T)
¼ mile south of the Foyle Safe Water Bouy, 55° 15.081' N, 006° 52.616' W
Foyle Safe Water Bouy, LFl 10s, is moored about two miles to the northeast of Inishowen Head the principal landmark.
► Next waypoint: 20.42 miles, course ⇓ 88.41°T (reciprocal ⇑ 268.41°T)
2½ miles south of Rathlin West Lighthouse, 55° 15.560' N, 006° 16.815' W
Rathlin West is an 18-metre high tower, Fl R 5s (Red. Vis.), standing at the west side of the island, 0.5 mile north of Bull Point that is the western extremity. This is in Rathlin Sound that lies between the Island and the mainland.
► Next waypoint: 2.49 miles, course ⇓ 120.92°T (reciprocal ⇑ 300.92°T)
1½ miles southwest of Rue Point, 55° 14.280' N, 006° 13.070' W
Rue Point Lighthouse is an 11 metre high a tower, Fl (2) 5s, standing on Rue Point, the southern extremity of the island. This waypoint avoided the dangerous Slough-na-more race.
► Next waypoint: 3.59 miles, course ⇓ 94.43°T (reciprocal ⇑ 274.43°T)