I spoke with John Taylor, the Alderney Harbourmaster. They now have enough moorings tested that if Bailiwick of Guernsey boats wish to visit Alderney from the start of Phase 5 onwards (20th June 2020), they are welcome to do so.
Please call them on tel 820070 first to let them know you are coming, but you do not need to complete any paperwork in advance.
The water taxi is operated by the harbourmaster’s office and is available on request. Moorings and water taxi are free of charge.
Water Taxi Service
Due to the unprecedented nature of the 2020 summer season, the States of Alderney will be providing a limited water taxi service to local boat owners and visiting yachtsman. Operational parameters for the service are outlined below:
Access to vessels moored in Braye Harbour
Boat owners requiring access to their vessels must pre book the water taxi by contacting the driver or the Harbour Office via one of the below methods:
Text or call the Taxi Driver on 07781 121 046
Visiting vessels will also be required to pre-book, however will be possible via the use of VHF radio Channel 73.
Return voyages must be pre-arranged with the water taxi driver whilst passengers are being carried ashore.
Hours of service
Monday to Thursday 0800 -2200 BST
Friday – Sunday 0800 – 0000 BST
Delays of up to 15 minutes may be expected – prior booking is advisable.
For the remainder of 2020 the water taxi service will be provided free of charge to all customers.
Call or TEXT 07781 121 046 to book in advance.
This is a good, strategic place to stop off.
There are some 70 yellow buoys for visitors which provide a good, secure mooring. If the wind is from the north-west to East – beware of the waves over the breakwater and possible roll in the harbour! www.channelpilot.info/alderney…
Alderney tides are around 20 to 30mins before HW Guernsey and Jersey
Please note it includes:
Swinge (between Alderney and Burhou)
Dangerous overfalls develop on flood and ebb tides, in particular when the wind is against tide conditions.
Keep to the south side – the calmest area is close to Corbet Rock.
Always navigate the Swinge at the slack water which is +2½ hrs HW or LW Alderney.
The tide is at full flow at HW and LW. Beware of wind against tide.
Race (between Alderney and France)
Going south through the Race, best to be at the top at 4½ or 5 hours AFTER HW Guernsey. This is relatively slack but starting to go south. Essential if there is an SW wind which causes the overfalls. If leaving Cherbourg, the tide turns westward early providing you keep inshore.
Going north – there is relatively slack water about 2½ hours before HW with the tide starting to go northeast soon after. If going to Cherbourg, stand off the Cap for the best tide. Nearly always roughish off the Cap no matter what the wind is doing!
For a power boat, I would leave SPP just before half- tide up to reach the Race soon after the stream is going NE. Trouble is, most boats can only get out of the QEII at half –tide up and that usually has to do!
If you are leaving Cherbourg, you can leave early – at say 3 hours AFTER HW Guernsey – since the tide turns to the west early if you keep inshore and this gets you to the Race at slack water. Omonville is a good spot to wait for slack water if you are too early.
Many thanks to John Frankland for the above information. Do look out for his amazing books on Guernsey, Herm and Sark.
VHF Channel 16 and 74
The Water Taxi is on VHF channel 73
Moorings on the yellow buoys are £15 a boat per day. (no charge in 2020)
You can drop people ashore in the inner harbour (HW +/- 2hrs), at the dinghy pontoon (if you have a small boat and there is room) beware of rocks and ropes, or on the commercial quay if you have the agreement of the harbourmaster’s office.
Mainbrayce have a great webcam which sweeps the whole of the harbour and can be found on ipcamlive.com/53f3477a8ff5f
Tel 822620 or 820070, Fax 823699
E-mail – email@example.com
Very good at responding and speak very good English!
Tourism web site
Spring / Summer Puffin Cam – microsites2.segfl.org.uk/view_…
Mainbrayce webcam – ipcamlive.com/53f3477a8ff5f
Places to eat (and drink in Alderney!)
Places to stay
Restaurant – www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant…