What is the route?
Why sail this route?This cut that saves at least an hour from the passage into Fenit whilst adding some interesting sailing. Likewise in moderate or clear weather with a favourable tide, there is no great difficulty running in through Magharee Sound.
Tidal overviewToday's summary tidal overview for this route as of Tuesday, October 3rd at 10:44. Tidal streams run strongly in Magharee Sound following the direction of the fairway. They reach a maximum spring rate of 2 to 3 kn in both directions.
Out Going Stream
(HW Dover -0612 to +0000)
(Tidal flow )
Ends in 03:38:42
(Tue 08:11 to 14:23)
In Going Stream
(HW Dover +0000 to +0612)
Starts in 03:38:42
(Tue 14:23 to 20:35)
What are the navigational notes?
The Magharee Islands, or Seven Hogs, lie four miles due east of Brandon Point. The group of islands lie north of Rough Point the northern end of a sandy peninsula that separates Brandon Bay from Tralee Bay. Narrow and intricate Magharee Sound passes between the islets and the foul ground off Rough Point. The Sound is deep and wide with a least depth of 4.3 metres and is a ⅓ of a mile wide.
In moderate or clear weather with a favourable tide, there is no great difficulty in running through this cut that saves at least an hour's sailing and adds some interesting navigation. But during westerly gales, a heavy breaking sea breaks right across the sound where it meets an opposing current and it should be absolutely avoided. The worst conditions are to be found in a northwest gale or when there is a heavy swell. So it should be noted that this is not a foul weather short cut. In these times it is best to pass two miles north of the Magharees to avoid possible breakers over two shoals located to the north of the group.
The complete course is 9.49 miles from the waypoint 'West Magharee Sound' to '200 metres south of Great Samphire Lighthouse' tending in a east south easterly direction (reciprocal west north westerly).
West Magharee Sound, 52° 19.000' N, 010° 5.000' W
Approach waypoint to the north of Brandon Bay
► Next waypoint: 2.67 miles, course ⇓ 83.35°T (reciprocal ⇑ 263.35°T)
Magharee Sound, 52° 19.308' N, 010° 0.659' W
The turning point in the centre of the sound onto 106° T of the alignment of Church Hill and the ruined square tower of Fenit Castle. If these marks are obscured, the back bearing 282° T of the southwest corner of Illauntannig with Gurrig Island, open one length, also serves to lead through Magharee Sound.
► Next waypoint: 3.07 miles, course ⇓ 105.24°T (reciprocal ⇑ 285.24°T)
Tralee Bay Transit Convergence Point , 52° 18.500' N, 009° 55.820' W
Transit convergence point of 106°T from Church Hill and 354°T of Kerry Head, open west of Mucklaghmore. At night, the approach to Fenit can be made in the white sector, 140° - 152° T, of Little Samphire Island Light.
► Next waypoint: 2.95 miles, course ⇓ 146.07°T (reciprocal ⇑ 326.07°T)
¼ of a mile southwest of Samphire Lighthouse, 52° 16.050' N, 009° 53.127' W
This is located ¼ of a mile southwest of Samphire Lighthouse, Fl WRG 5s 17m W16M, the primary light of Tralee Bay. The light stands upon Little Samphire Island and lighthouse provides a sectored light to assist vessels past the dangers in the bay: 262°-Red-275°, 280-Red-090°-Green-140°-White-152°-Red-172°.
► Next waypoint: 0.79 miles, course ⇓ 89.28°T (reciprocal ⇑ 269.28°T)