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Carlingford Lough, Harbours and Anchorages

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Courtesy Flag

Irish Tricolour/Red Ensign

Waypoint

54 00.235N 006 02.30W

Charts

AC 0044 Nose of Howth to Ballyquintin Point; AC 2800-0; SC5621.8; Imray C62 Irish Sea with insets for Carlingford Entrance and Carlingford Marina

Rules & Regulations

NE part of Lough is in Northern Ireland, SW part is in Republic of Ireland. The dredged channel is a narrow channel within the meaning of the IRPCS rules and small vessels should not impede those restricted by draft. Additionally there is no overtaking/crossing of vessels between buoys 1 9, 11 21 and buoy 21 & Warrenpoint. This essentially means that, combining the two rules, a small yacht should leave the channel altogether if encountering a large vessel within it.
Vessels should also avoid anchoring or grounding in the areas on the chart designated as shellfish beds.

Hazards

There are strong tidal streams both through the entrance and within the Lough. As would be expected strong Southerlies can set up quite a chop within the Lough but, in addition to this, North Westerlies can be funnelled down the Lough and produce worse sea states inside than outside. (remember that you could be entering with the flood and against any NW wind; setting up a classic wind against tide situation). Anything above F5 on shore (E thro to SSW) makes the entrance difficult and on an ebb tide in these conditions the entrance becomes impassable in any direction.

Tidal Data Times & Range

Cranfield Point: HW Dublin -0020: MHWS 4.8m MHWN 4.3m MLWN 1.8m MLWS 0.9m See Notes in approach section

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General Description

Contacts:

Warrenpoint HM VHF #12                tel  +44 (0)2841 752878
Carlingford Lough Yacht Club           tel  +44 (0)2841 738604
Carlingford Sailing Club                   tel  +353 (0)42 937 3238 (International rates from UK mobile)
Carlingford Marina    VHF #37          tel  +353 (0)42 937 3072 (International rates from UK mobile)
                                                                   www.carlingfordmarina.com
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Approach

Tidal Information:
It is worth noting that tides at Cranfield Point.....
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Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Greencastle.  As has been said, this is the first anchorage inside.... ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

5 comments
UPDATE APRIL 2017
Written by Don Thomson | 20th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017. The prices remain the same and I've posted new charts.
Carlingford marina
Written by Taff | 4th Jul 2015
We draw 1.5m and had no depth problems in the NW part of the marina, although the fuel berth is not accessible at low water. Some of the pontoons are tired, needing a number of minor repairs. The on-shore amenities are good, and the staff helpful. There is a good restaurant (currently not open during the evenings). Nice walk to Omeath, and bus trip to Newry.
Hazards
Written by Taff | 4th Jul 2015
The note above re wind funneling down the loch is to be taken seriously. Although it was only NWF2 off the coast, we battled against a NWF4 over the young flood on entry, We went around significant standing waves off Greenore.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 22nd Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015. We've asked Carlingford Marina about the silting problem encountered by our member Miura below and they can't understand it, claiming to have a good four metres at half tide throughout the marina.
A great village
Written by Miura | 13th Oct 2013
Stormbound here for 2 days in May 2013. Reasonable marina with adequate facilities. However, we were aground at our berth on the E side at half tide. It was soft mud and wasn't a problem until we tried to leave. Not sure if we were unlucky or if there is a silting problem throughout the marina. We draw 1.8m. The village is superb-lively pubs with music and some excellent restaurants. Quaint shops and a castle as well. The place was buzzing with people and there was a great atmosphere despite the poor weather. Things could have been worse.
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