During your Channel Island sailing and island hopping holiday, Alderney makes a great stopping off point for a meal and stocking up on supplies.
Sailors enjoy some truly invigorating sailing, both around the island and further afield. They also appreciate the secure mooring and friendly welcome they find in the harbour at Braye.
The key to sailing around Alderney is mastering its powerful tides. Get your timing right and sail out at half-tide and you can enjoy a ride that’s exhilaratingly quick yet largely smooth.
The swell will take you either down the Channel towards Guernsey, or up towards the French coast at Goury (just 7.5 miles/11km away) and the other delightful villages en route to Cherbourg. As part of your Channel Island hopping you can head to the beautiful, tranquil islands of Sark and Herm, just off Guernsey. All these destinations are within just two or three hours very pleasant sailing.
The main harbour at Braye is the obvious point for mooring or anchoring. It’s secure and generally comfortable, with plentiful space for visitors, and easy to enter with the predominant westerly or south-westerly wind. However, the beauty of an island is that shelter is always available, so if the wind isn’t right for Braye, it’s a short trip to Longis Bay on the other side of the island. Several smaller anchorages are dotted around the coast.
Staff at Braye harbour office are always pleased to help with information on weather, navigation and enjoying the island, and the harbour master and coastguard are on hand if required. Fuel, water, showers, toilets, engineering and chandlery are all available around the harbour, and a water taxi can also be hired. Several local banks offer foreign exchange services and have ATMs.
While you’re here, make sure you drop into the Alderney Sailing Club for a pint and a chat with the local yachtsmen, who’ll be happy to share their knowledge.