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Small tidal stream inaccuracies can develop when advancing beyond HW Dover +6. Because of this we only enable today's tidal stream chartlets to advance 24 hours. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by using Portbraddan's future tides predictor below.
The above image represents the current tidal streams offshore of this haven. Streams attaining three knots and above are highlighted by red arrows . All times are in local time with red text indicating springs, blue indicating neaps and gray between tidal events. Click [+] to advance the estimate by an hour and click [-] to step back. Future tidal planning is best accomplished by using Portbraddan's future tides predictor below.
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Arrows represent the direction of tidal streams with lighter or shorter arrows indicating weaker streams. Stronger streams are indicated by heavier or longer arrows, and as mentioned above, red arrows flagging rates of 3 knots and above. Numerals represent [mean neap, mean spring] rates in tenths of a knot. For example the numbers 12,23 would indicate a mean neap of 1.2 knots and a mean spring of 2.3 knots.
More local tidal detailsToday's Ballycastle Bay tides — High water: , Low water:
Today's Dover tides — High waters: 06:17, 19:00, Low waters: 00:41, 13:21
We are now approaching the next tidal event that will be Springs.
Nearby Ballycastle is High Water Dover -0445 spring, -0200 neap.
Belfast -0450 spring, -0155 neap
The direction of stream along the near shore: Dover -0300W +0200E
MHWS 1.2m MHWN 0.9m MLWN 0.9m MLWS 0.3m
The tides in Rathlin Sound are very strong, have several eddies and are subject to great variations both in force and direction. Tides run from 6 knots at springs to 4 knots at neaps causing strong eddies along the shores, with heavy overfalls off all the headlands. For those approaching from the south, close in off Torr Head the Ebb runs up to 9 knots during Spring tides.
The direction of the stream between Inishowen Head and Benbane Head (approximates)
Dover -0530 east going; Dover +0030 west going, 2 knots Springs.
At the Skerries the ebb stream or west-going stream sets fair through the anchorage and sound to the westward, attaining a velocity of 3 to 3.5 knots in the constricted passage between Ramore head and the Carr rocks. Eastbound vessels should make a note that the flood stream sets from Ramore head towards Carr Rock. However, it turns east in about mid-channel in the Sound when it sets fair. In heavy weather, an unpleasant seaway will be found in the Sound that is best avoided.
Off Benbane Head the rate is 2.5 knots except within a mile of the headland where the spring rate attains a speed of 3 knots. Great seas can build up off Benbane and off Bengore Head 1,000 metres to the east. A handy east-running eddy may be used close inshore and to the west of Benbane Head. The eddy occurs during the second half of the west-going stream and it begins at Dover +0330 and continues until it is overtaken by the main east-going stream at Dover -0530.
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Headline: Dry early, late, rain for a time, heavy east, Thursday.
This Evening and Tonight: Cloudy this evening with rain. Drier weather will spread from the southwest across all parts in the early hours. Windy with southeasterly gales along the east coast at first. Minimum Temperature 6C.
Thursday: A mostly dry start but further rain will extend northeast across all areas for a time. Drier and clearer weather following on by late afternoon. Feeling much milder. Maximum Temperature 11C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Remaining unsettled with further spells of rain, but some drier weather too. Windy at times but remaining reasonably mild.
Click [+] to advance by twelve hours and click [-] to step back. The forecasted time is presented in the top left hand corner of the pressure chart. Click the image to display it in a full window.
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Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC). Operational Area: Northern Ireland/ Irish Republic Border, Lough Foyle to Northern/Irish Republic Border Carlingford Lough. Belfast Coastguard (MRSC) VHF Ch 16, liaises closely with IRCG. Emergencies are worked on 16, 67 and working channel. Alternatively, or if ashore, phone 999 and 112 and ask for ‘Marine Rescue’. Police, Fire and Rescue are also available on this number. Belfast (MRSC) may be contacted directly on +44 2891 463 933. There is an Auxiliary rescue coastguard station at Ballycastle.
British Admiralty 2798 Lough Foyle to Sanda Island including Rathlin Island and / or British Admiralty 2723 ‘Western Approaches to the North Channel’ scale of 200,000:1 large scale. 2494 ‘Ireland-North Coast, Plans on the North Coast of Ireland’ at a small scale of 37,500:1 including Portrush the Skerries and approaches. Admiralty Leisure Folio SC5612 ‘Northern Ireland, Carlingford Lough to Lough Foyle’ sheet 21 and plan.
Imray chart C64 ‘Belfast Lough to Crinan and Islay’ C53 ‘Donegal Bay to Rathlin Island’ plus Northern Ireland Ordinance Survey No. 5 at a scale of 1:50,000 for inland details.
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