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Sailable only for a couple of hours either side of high tide, Red Wharf Bay is a HUGE, sandy, NE-facing bay, with the added benfit of having a CAMRA GBG-listed pub in situ.

This end of the bay only works in SE - NE winds, and is generally pretty flat water, especially as the tide's going out. There are real waves to be had at the edge of the sand bar on the outside of the bay, but don't stay there too long or you'll have a 3/4 mile walk back!

It is possible to launch at the E end of the bay (OS ref: 574808), which works in SW - N. However, it's a long way round to get there (via Llandona) and there's a single-track road down a very steep hill to the beach. The benefit of sailing from here is that the sea doesn't go out as far, & it's closer to the waves than the Red Wharf Bay side.

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Directions to the right place:

Map here.

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How the winds work:

This all relates to The Red Wharf Bay side:

N - will be a little sheltered by the launch, but good out in the bay.

NE - Cross shore from L. Like N, but less sheltered at launch

E - Cross-on at launch.

SE - Pretty much onshore at launch. May be gusty.

S - Cross-on from R. May be gusty.

SW - Cross-shore from R at launch. Offshore from the bay in general. Will definitely be gusty.

W - Not recommended. V gusty. Dead offshore at launch.

NW - Not recommended. V gusty. Cross-off at launch, though safe for the bay, in general.

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Tidal conditions:

Goes out for miles, though there's an interesting-looking line of breakers across the mouth of the bay at low tide. Too far away for me to walk!!

I'd guess, that 2 hours either side of HW is the most you could sail. What height the tide needs to be above chart datum before you can sensibly sail in the bay would be a useful thing to know.

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Hazards:

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Facilities:

There's a reasonable car park (which, I seem to remember, is free - get there early).

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B&B's / campsites

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Pubs and eateries

There are 2 pubs, one of which was closed last time I was here. The one I know is The Ship Inn - with a decent range of real ales & food - from snacks to full-blown meals.

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