North Bish Bash – Sun 19 May 2024

Note new date: postponed from Sun 5 May

Unfortunately it was too windy for the planned Fishguard lift-in in April, so lift-in has been delayed until 8th May. So we’ve had to postpone this event as well.

A new yacht race from Fishguard, around North Bishop and back – approx 40NM

So that each yacht can have the best chance of rounding North Bishop at slack water, there will be a starting window of 3 hours and each yacht may start at any time during that period. Get it right and you’ll have the tide with you for the whole race!

The direction of rounding North Bishop will be announced at the briefing – the aim will be to gybe round.

In order to avoid being swept on to any rocks, engines may be used if necessary, but will incur a time penalty; see the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.

Results will be based on elapsed time using the RYA YTC rating system for yachts and MOCRA for multihulls

Caution: there are numerous dangers and strong currents around North Bishop!

Tide times (BST)HWLWHWRange
Milford Haven04:17 5.5m10:39 2.1m16:45 5.5m3.4m
Fishguard05:29 3.8m12:03 1.5m17:59 3.7m2.3m

According to Tom Bennett’s Sea Guide to Pembrokeshire, slack water will be at about 14:00


Sat 18th May20:00Briefing in FBYC clubhouse
Sun 19th May08:00-11:00Starting window
Sun 19th May20:00 approxPrizegiving

Notice of Race (pdf)

Sailing Instructions

(to follow)

Entry Form


For queries and suggestions, please contact Geoff Turner,


There’s a useful drone video of North Bishop on Youtube:

Thanks to Nautical Drone Flights