AC 0044 Nose of Howth to Ballyquintin Point; AC 2800 ; SC5621.8; Imray C62 Irish Sea with insets for Carlingford Entrance and Carlingford Marina
Rules & Regulations
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.
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 both directions...Closer to Warrenpoint there is the Gannaway Rock surmounted by a pole mark 3.5 cables SE of the breakwater and shallows close by the dredged channel for the last quarter of a mile into the dock area.
Tidal Data Times & Range
HW Warrenpoint is Dublin - 0015; MHWS 5.1m MHWN 4.1m MLWN 1.7m MLWS 0.7m; See "Approach" section
These notes were updated in April 2017. Warrenpoint is still not very interested in visiting yachts. I've changed the price for Newry and also uploaded new charts.
Written by dononshytalk | 21st Apr 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in April 2015. I'm afraid that work on the much hoped for marina has not yet started so the Town Dock is still the only overnight berthing
Update December 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 12th Dec 2013
I reviewed these notes on 12 December 2013. The situation for visiting yachts has not changed and their marina is still on hold for better times. It is still possible to moor on the pontoons in the Town Dock where there are normally a couple of visitors berths