The Harbour master has issued a warning for Sunday regarding a sea swim for charity that is taking place.
The swim is from the Bull wall ( the south wall of Dublin port ) to Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Traditionally this swim has ended the base of the outside of the west pier at a point known as windsurfers pier. However the notice says it will finish in the harbour so I'm trying to find out more.
The picture below gives the approx route if they head for Windsurfers pier with A being the usual starting point on the South Wall and B being the Windsurfers pier end.
The swim is about 6km and given they are expecting a finish at 2pm I would imagine, from experience, the start will be 11am or so. It's a good swim across some choppy water for a swimmer given the change in channel etc.
The notice from the harbour master is
"All harbour users are directed to keep clear of the swimmers; this includes both watercraft and shoreside rod fishermen
Additionally boats moored in the East Bight are requested not to operate their engines."
This would suggest that the swimmers would be coming into the harbour and finishing over by the slip beside the RNLI at the base of the east pier which would cut across the harbour mouth.
That would obviously have an impact on movements in the harbour and your ability to leave when you might like to!
I have asked for more info on it and will see what I get but it might mean an early'ish start and get out of the harbour before ye head for home ( past any other landmarks you might like! )