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PILOTAGE NOTES FOR MEMBERS*
Tidal height for springs-neaps is approximately 2.2-1.4/0.4-0.8m. Commercial use of the port is by local mussel dredgers and whelk fishermen. In strong wind between SE and NE, the sea breaks on the bar and entry is hazardous. Entry is difficult also for boats drawing more than 1.4 m. For strangers, entry is best at HW ±2. Steering 225° T from the North Long Buoy for approximately 2.4 nM (358° T for approximately 4 nM from West Holdens Buoy for boats coming from the south) will bring a boat near to the Bar Buoy which marks the entrance to the channel. Boats should stay on or outside the 5m contour if sailing from the N to avoid the dangerous Slaney Wreck and the Dogger Bank and which is covered even at LW Springs. The Comissioner for Irish Lights advises (2010) that the Bar Buoy is a safe water mark (white & red striped) laid outside the harbour on the 10 m contour at approximately 52° 19.16'N, 06° 19.44'W.
A narrow channel is buoyed into Wexford Town. Boats should steer close to all port hand marks. The shallowest section of the track lies between marks 20-26 when the depth can be less than 1m at low tide. On reaching the final gate mark (about 52° 19.83'N 06° 25.58'W) boats should take care to avoid the S training wall (which covers) by following the next three port hand marks and pass S of the "Black Man" which is a lighted (stb) pillar at the end of the N training wall (covers). They can then proceed either to the quays, or by arrangement, to a Club visitor mooring. The Club can be contacted at 053-91 22039 or VHF Channel 16/69 (open mornings, evenings, and weekends) for pilotage or mooring advice.
* Information in these notes was prepared with the greatest of care but no responsibility can be accepted for any errors or omissions