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Holyhead Harbour

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Flag, Red Ensign


Breakwater End 53:19'.87 N 004:37'.13 W


Admiralty 2011, 1413

Rules & Regulations



TSS in Entrance, Ferries inc HHS

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW = Dover -0040 MHWS 5.2m, MHWN 4.4m, MLWN 2.0m, MLWS 0.7m   (links)

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General Description

Marina  tel 01407 764242 VHF #37 (M) 
Sailing Club  tel 01407 762526 VHF #37 (M) c/s "Club Launch"
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Any kind of approach from the North will find the small craft mariner..... ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Mooring options include anchoring, Holyhead Sailing Club moorings, or on what is left of the Holyhead Marina. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson 3 | 13th Sep 2022
I reviewed these notes in September 2022. Gloom; it looks as though the marinas may not be replaced in the near future. This will draw a lot of North bound skippers to the Irish side from Milford - especially with the favourable tidal streams from Dublin to Belfast.
Written by Don Thomson 3 | 4th Aug 2021
I reviewed these notes in August 2021. The references to the Marina have been edited to reflect the reduced state of the pontoons. The Yacht Club is taking up some of the slack but at the moment the Marina Landing Stage is managing with all their amenities as usual. I've added a paragraph on the Marina plans.
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Written by Rudders | 10th May 2021
Good safe haven with basic offering . Hot welcome shower, laundry. Coffee and town for all your supplies.Good chandlery. (Closed Sunday) .Habour office closed Saturday and Sunday.Sound like promise of infrastructure improvements. But watch this space . We approached from the south. Good offing to the overall standard stuff going north about south and north stacks . However tidal info not that clear for Bardesy sound ! Stayed in Aberdaron bay (lovely spot)wanted to arrive Holyhead in day light . We did and pls so as a few submerged bouys on way to dock. Would not want to rely on fuel or gas. Water and power on short pontoon by white bridge.
Marina Update
Written by Ralph | 9th Mar 2020
Despite the marina owner's best efforts, there is still only a single pontoon (Breakwater 1), connected to land by a bridge.
Services ashore are still available, but office hours have been curtailed in light of the loss of berthing. It is still worth phoning if you are planning a trip to Holyhead (01407 764242) and Holyhead Sailing Club continues to be accommodating (01407 752526) with Visitors' moorings and a launch service during the season.
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Written by Don Thomson | 29th May 2018
We have been reminded that Holyhead Sailing Club still has facilities for visiting boats and can provide visitors moorings as usual with a water taxi service. A point worth remembering if you do not need marina facilities in the future. At the moment you need to check availability in advance.
Written by Don Thomson | 17th Apr 2018
NEW 2018. There was horrendous damage here during March 2018. As far as we know the marina was pretty-well wrecked and we have no details of the plans for renewal of facilities. If you intend stopping here we advise you contact them well in advance to check on what is available (Though it is hoped that they will have the visitors pontoon up and running by June - albeit with reduced services).
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Written by Don Thomson | 19th Apr 2017
I reviewed these notes in April 2017 (not before time either!) I've got the new prices in for this season, added a downloadable harbour plan and updated the charts.
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Change to Holyhead Sailing Club Website details
Written by FikkiMinn | 29th Jan 2017
The Club Website is on the following link: www.holyheadsailingclub.co.uk. The club launch runs April through October with varying times. All details are on the visitor information tab.
Our facebook page is www.facebook.com/hhsailingclub/
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Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 22nd Feb 2013
The notes for Holyhead were updated by Don T on the 22nd February 2013. The prices have been adjusted for the 2013 season. Note that the marina has held its 2011 prices for another year so probable increase in 2014. Little else has been changed except to endorse Tom Webbs experience (below) in the dark inside the harbour.
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Tom Webb, around Britain on a 21' Beneteau 2011
Written by Tom Webb Sailing | 31st Oct 2011
12-13/8 – Holyhead –I arrived in Holyhead after a 15 hour night upwind sail from Peel, It always pays to remember that the Skerries has an incredible rip tide that I battled with for a good 4 hours, once nearing Holyhead there is plenty of large ferries and shipping to look out for but monitoring the VTS on channel 14 gives you a clear idea of traffic movement. The marina is hidden behind quite a few mooring buoys which can be difficult to navigate in the dark, once inside the marina is another very well sheltered marina with plenty of space, the people In the office are full of advice and are very helpful. The facilities are one of the best on the trip, you get your own private room with shower, bathroom with space!
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Entry into Holyhead
Written by dononshytalk | 7th Apr 2011
This is not a place for the faint hearted! When the tide is full flood I think there is a very heavy back eddy between the North Stack and Holihead Pier. I came round the South Stack with speeds coming up to 9 knots on the GPS, which continued until I turned towards the pier off the North Stack - I then hit a back eddy which reduced my speed of advance to less than two knots. This would have been ok if it hadn't been for the fact that I had a following sea and a beam wind - I couldn't turn into wind to reef for fear of being turned on me beam ends - so I ended up surfing down steep seas, very over sailed - the log showing 6,7 and 8 knots whilst the GPS was still showing less than two knots. The mistake was that I knew I was over sailed as I passed the North stack but had thought that with a mile and a half to go I could manage by just cheating the main sail - it was only going to take twenty minutes at the speed I was doing through the water - then I hit the back eddy. It was an hour and a quarter of extreme anxiety - I was very afraid that I was about to lose the tiller to weather helm or the mast to the wind - and that was with everything flying!

The trick in this bay is to sight a temporary transit as soon as you can see the pier head - or match the GPS course made good with the bearing of the pier head ( put it in as a way point) - the course to steer can be 45 degrees off the course made good.
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