VISITOR MOORINGS - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
WE have 14 yellow visitor mooring buoys. They are suitable for vessels of up to 45 feet in length. Vessels are requested to take two full turns on the mooring chain to prevent chafing of ropes. Strops/shackles and chains are recommended if the weather is bad.
The moorings are suitable for rafting up. However, please ensure that the vessel already occupying the mooring is happy for you to do so. Both vessels will have to pay the full mooring fee. No more than two vessels should be rafted up at any one time. Vessels should only raft up when the weather conditions are fine.
The whole of Porthcressa Bay is covered by a wireless hotspot system enabling our customers to use the Internet whilst on board their yacht.
Marine diesel is available from Sibley’s, by can. They have a shop situated to the right-hand side of Porthcressa Bay. Opening hours 0900-1700.
Fresh water is available, for free, outside our house. See directions on the home page. Please help yourselves.
Vessels are welcome to anchor in this bay but should avoid the clearly marked “no anchor” area. Anchoring within the area of the 14 visitors moorings is not permissible.
EMERGENCIES/SOUTH OR SOUTH EASTERLY GALE CONDITIONS.
Porthcressa Bay is not a suitable mooring during Easterly to South-Westerly force 4 or above. Please keep a close eye on the weather forecast. In the event that strong winds are predicted within the next 12 hours, you should make immediate arrangements (IE. WITHIN THE HOUR), to vacate the mooring and seek a more suitable anchorage. During gales and/or adverse weather conditions, should you find that there is a danger to your vessel with possible loss of life, do not hesitate to call Falmouth Coastguard on VHF Channel 16.
Emergency Telephone number dial 999, ask the operator for either POLICE/AMBULANCE/FIRE/COASTGUARD.
A local forecast will be handed out to you daily, on our visit to your mooring. The inshore Waters Forecast is given by Falmouth Coastguard at 0710 UCT and every three hours afterwards. These forecasts are announced on Channel 16 and broadcast on Channel 86.
Other forecasts can be found on radio stations:
BBC3: 90.2-90.4 MHz
BBC4: 88.0-92.0 MHz
Radio Cornwall: 96 FM
Another weather report can be found here Windfinder
SAFETY IN THIS BAY IS OUR PARAMOUNT CONSIDERATION
PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING:
Porthcressa Bay is exposed to gales from the South and South East. In this case mooring in this Bay is not suitable. In the event that a South or South Easterly gale is predicated within 12 hours (force 5 or above), immediate arrangements (IE. WITHIN THE HOUR), should be made to vacate the mooring and the Bay and seek a more suitable anchorage elsewhere.
PLEASE CAREFULLY STUDY THE WEATHER FORECASTS IN ORDER TO DECIDE WHICH ALTERNATIVE ANCHORAGE TO SEEK AND PAY SPECIFIC ATTENTION TO THE PREDICATED WEATHER IE. NOT ONLY THE PREDICTED FORCE OF WIND AND WIND DIRECTION, BUT WHICH WIND DIRECTION IT MAY SWING TO.
Various tide books can be found In the shops around the islands and tidal graphs and stream atlases are available in different almanacs.
Standard Port for St Mary’s is Plymouth.
Tides are considerably affected by wind conditions and barometric pressure. At certain places around the islands wind against the tide conditions can become quite rough. Please take this into consideration when making your passage plans.
High Water Dover + 06.05 Devonport – 00.55
Maximum Rise Springs 6.2m
Mean Rise Springs 5.7m Neaps 4.3m
Bins are available on the beach at Porthcressa Bay.
There are no pump out facilities on St Mary’s and it is requested that shore facilities or holding tanks are used.
International Catering Waste: If you arrive from outside the EU, the general waste onboard your vessel is classed as International Catering Waste (ICW) and needs to be disposed of separately to that from a vessel travelling within the EU. Suitable arrangements for disposal would have to be made with the Harbour Master, St Mary’s Harbour.
MAIN ANCHORAGES AND WIND DIRECTIONS WHEN GOOD TO USE
• St Helens/St Helens pool - Good in all weather conditions
• Tresco Channel - Good in all weather except north-westerly
• Watermill/Pelistry Bay -Good between south, south-westerly or westerly
• The Harbour -Good in all weathers except wnw, nw, and nnw
• Porthcressa Bay - Good between sw, w, nw, n, and light ne
• St Agnes, The Cove - Good between sw, w, nw, n, ne and light s winds.