What is the route?
Why sail this route?This is a popular cruising route for vessels crossing the Irish Sea from Wales to the cruising grounds of southern Ireland using Kilmore Quay as a stepping stone. The key components of the route are to make westing from Milford Haven when the south going tide is pushing southward, and away from the dangers out to The Smalls, making the best of the two tides encountered in the Irish Sea to arrive with a favourable tide to approach Kilmore Quay.
Tidal overviewToday's summary tidal overview for this route as of Sunday, April 11th at 04:18. This is the window around Stack Rock in which vessels in the general vicinity of Milford Haven can take advantage of the ebb tide, and then pass out south of The Smalls during the safer south-going Irish Sea stream.
Pass Stack Rock
(HW Dover -0400 to -0100)
Starts in 03:48:42
(Sun 08:07 to 11:07)
What are the navigational notes?
Angle North Cardinal, 51° 41.562' N, 005° 8.076' W
Close north of 'Angle' North Cardinal (VQ)
► Next waypoint: 2.14 miles, course ⇓ 223.08°T (reciprocal ⇑ 43.08°T)
51° 40 Line of Latitude, 51° 40.000' N, 005° 10.430' W
This is on the intersection 51° 40 line of latitude and the 022.5° high-intensity light leading into West Channel.
► Next waypoint: 18.48 miles, course ⇓ 270.19°T (reciprocal ⇑ 90.19°T)
The Smalls, 51° 40.000' N, 005° 40.200' W
► Next waypoint: 43.84 miles, course ⇓ 312.32°T (reciprocal ⇑ 132.32°T)
St. Patrick's Bridge East, 52° 9.300' N, 006° 33.000' W
This is an eastern alignment waypoint for St Patrick's Bridge. It sets up a crossing of the bridge at the optimal point.
► Next waypoint: 1.04 miles, course ⇓ 270.01°T (reciprocal ⇑ 90.01°T)