Fermoyle The last beach in Brandon Bay going west.
West wind, Windguru needs to be showing at least 25 knots for it to work well, As the wind is blocked by the hills. Can also be sailed at low tide NW wind cross on when the reefs on the Maharees are dry
Swell. north or north west. Sheltered by brandon head so gets less swell than most of brandon bay. But if theres a 10m swell running it can still be very big !.
Tide. Ok at all tides, Long walk at low
Good for. Jumping, riding. Not the most powerful wave. around good fun and a fair chance of getting a clean run out with coming off the plane for jumps
Best winds. West or South West *to much south will be to off shore*
Swell. Gets anything from north through to west,
Tide. All tides. Low tide sweat spot.
Whats it like.
Gets a bit less swell than Gowlane. Fun in west wind giving cross on port tack if it to small for a side shore session at Fermoyle. Can pick up the SW wind a little earlier than Gowlane giving cross off DTL when you could not sail Gowlane.
Easy parking on the beach.
Wind. South west
Swell. North through to west anything from 1M at 8 seconds will give a good wave.
Tide. Best on the push mid to high
Whats it Like.
More about riding than jumping.
Everything from knee high to mast + DTL heaven. Can be hard to get out through walls of white water. Try a bit of volume and a small sail. Easy to miss a session here keep a eye on wind-guru, any forecast of SW wind it worth a visit works from 8 knots onward
Wind. South West, South south west
Swell. North West to North
Tide. Best at mid to high
What’s it like. Place to go if to offshore at Gowlane or to windy as it will have less wind here than Gowlane. Much the same as Gowlane but tends to close out. Try going upwind of the parking area for better waves.
Outer Reef. Sorry no photo
Only sailed it a few times. Breaks like Mossies so could be epic. Feels a vey long way out. Could be great in lightish winds with a jet ski to get you home if it all goes wrong. works SW wind low tide.
Wind. South or North winds
Swell. West swell
Tide. Best mid to high
What it like. Hard to drive to without a 4X4 outside of summer. Gets south winds better than Dumps and can get better waves if a lot of north in the swell.
Wind. South, North and North West. South east
Swell. North swell
Tide. All tides
What it like
Works in lots of conditions. Drain pipe the bank to the right can give a great peak to sail. High tide gives a good powerful shore break wave if your brave.
South winds give good DTL, but can be very gusty. Small swells in north wind are a lot of fun. North west will be a lot stronger here than at Fermoyle giving cross on starboard tack sailing
Wind. North or North west
Swell. North west best, but north to west will get into it
Tide. Mid to high. Sort of works at low tide if you go down wind and sail beside the dry reef
What it like. Easy sail out.Good for jumping as a flat water run up to the wave. Very easy place to sail big waves with out to much skill needed. Just watch the inside that get a good fast wave, short , heavy wave that can be a lot of fun or expensive!
Wind. Best at North with a little bit of east in it (very rare), But north and north west still very good
Swell. North west. needs around 4m to break.
Tide. 2 hours each side of high if you brave and know where the rocks are it good at lower tides.
What it like. Hard to sail really well but easy to sail. the sail out is easy, and you can sit on the shoulder and watch. Gives a heavy peak going in to a endless shoulder. Mostly sailed with a bit onshore in the wind but the way the wave wraps it not a problem.
Wind. North east winds
Swell. Picks up most
Whats it like. Rare and Expensive !!
Winds South west, West north ,west and East winds
Swell. North to west
Tide. Most work. Small swells low is best . Big swell low tide can be plain scary. Dry on big spring tides
Whats it like. Home to red bull storm chase.Reef break, sail from Scraggane or the swim out from the small beach on the way to the harbor. Not sailed that much put works in lots of condition. Good DTL in a south west wind when brandon bay out of control. Wave gets bigger the closer you get to the Island . Can often be a lot of fun in a west wind and North west giving a good mix of jumping and riding.
Winds. Everything works
Tides. all work
Whats it like. Good flat water option. Works most of the time
Gives super super fast speed strip in strong south or SE winds. North west or west give good free ride/style sailing when theres no swell around. Fun if the wind is off the scale and huge north swell which can give a shoulder high two turn wave
Winds. Best in North or south,
Whats it like. Flat water fun sail here if to bumpy in onshore north winds at Scraggane
Winds. West strong winds
Tide. One hour each side of high.
Whats it like. Winter beach can give great sailing when brandon bay is massive.
Too far for me being 12 miles from Brandon Bay! so not a place I know that well. Nice beach break that picks up south west swells much better than Brandon bay. Well worth a trip if you find south east winds and no swell in Brandon you may find perfect DTL. in good waves. Also can get very good thermal winds . Look for light north wind days and lot of sun from 3pm onwards. Image shows inch reef one of the longest rights in the world . Give me a call if it sailable !
Where to sail a given wind direction.
Come through true to forecast.
1) Dumps, low tide or swell not the right size to make the reefs work.
2) Mossie (Needs a good swell from the north west or west).
North East Wind
Rare and mostly very cold. If you can cope with the temperature there is excellent sailing on offer. North Easterly's make the reef breaks cross off Starboard tack (1Hells gate (2 Garry William (3 Mossies
Very Rare and not much swell.
South East Winds
Good for speed sailing in Scraggane very very fast. SE winds most of the time come with SW or south swells which do not really get in to Brandon bay. Look at a map and you can find wave sailing with a 2 hour drive. If your very lucky and you get a west swell then Dumps can be epic cross off port- tack.
Get blocked by the mountains. You really need 25 knots plus on windguru for any chance of good action. The wind tends to lift the further you get from the hills so the back beach is often better than dumps
Fermoyle. “Speed if no swell”
Lots of options. wind is funned by the hills so 8 K forecast can give great sailing cross off down the line port tack.
Kilcummon, picks up wind first, swell a little smaller
Gowlane, Best option on a normal SW windy day
Stradbally. If very windy there will be less here and more side shore.
Hells gate. Brandon bay out of control can give good reef sailing
Smerwick. Will be 4.2 weather when 3.0m needed in Brandon + a lot less swell
Light west winds are a bit rubbish ! more wind on the Magharees but on shore at surf beaches. I go to Scraggane with luck you can sail cross on Hells gate which can give a good riding and jumping cross on
Scraggane “flat water”
Tralee bay. (Huge north swell only)
Only cross on sailing bit the wind comes through clean and strong so fun and reef sailing still good.
Mossies/ Shittys. (Waves wrap so still lots of fun)
Fermoyle. (less wind !)