Alderney is now open to recreational boat owners from within the Bailiwick of Guernsey (including Guernsey, Sark & Herm) only. All Bailiwick vessels planning to visit Alderney are required to contact the Alderney Harbour Office on setting sail on Channels 16, 74 or 67 or call 01481 820070, while on-island accommodation can be arranged on our Stay page.
Whilst we are unable to welcome visiting boats and their crew from outside the Bailiwick of Guernsey at this time be assured our island community will be ready and waiting to welcome you with open arms once it is safe to open our Bailiwick boarder.
Whether it’s truly invigorating sailing between the islands and France or a peaceful stop off in one of our bays, Alderney offers a fabulous sailing escape.
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Braye harbour offers 70 visitor mooring buoys and anchorage areas sheltered by the impressive 1,430m long historic landmark the breakwater.
The Harbour team are always on hand to welcome you. On arrival you'll find them on the water taxi or in the Harbour Office where the friendly team will ensure that you have all the nautical, weather and general information required for an enjoyable visit. Braye Harbour offers a wide range of facilities to include fuel, water, showers, toilets, laundry, engineering and chandlery and duty free goods.
There are also a number of other anchorages around Alderney, in addition to Braye. None provide any facilities, and all are only safe in calm weather and/or offshore winds. Clockwise from Braye these are: Saye, Longis Bay, Telegraph Bay and Hannaine Bay. Whilst sailing around Alderney and specifically Burhou Island please be aware that there is a voluntary ‘Puffin Friendly Zone’ which all mariners are asked to observe in order to help protect the puffins.
Alderney's surrounding waters provide an exciting playground for sailors and the key is mastering its powerful tides. Get your timing right and you can cover much ground surprisingly quickly, 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 Harbour Office
Harbour Master and Coastguard are located at the Harbour Master’s Office, at the SW end of the harbour. Weather forecasts and reports at the Harbour Master’s Office or on VHF from Alderney Coastguard, which can also supply a Radar VTS and RDF service. The Harbour Master’s office also provides the Coastguard Service.
Open: Easter to September: 0800–1800
At all other times: Monday to Thursday 0800–1700 / Friday 0800–1400
Contact the Harbour Office on +44 (0) 1481 820070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Alderney Coastguard VHF 16, 74 or 67. The Harbour launch also listens on Ch.74, call Harbour Launch.
If not obtainable, call Guernsey Coastguard (Ch.16, 20) or CROSSMA (French Coastguard, CH 16, 13, 80).
A Water Taxi runs from 0800 till 2200 every day, and on occasion it runs until midnight. Contact our friendly water taxi team on +44 (0) 7781 121046 or on Radio Ch. 73.
Located in Little Crabby Harbour Mainbrayce is accessible to yachts approximately +/-2 hours of high water. A tide gauge at the entrance indicates depth of water alongside. Mainbrayce provides fresh water, diesel, bottled gas, spares and mechanical assistance.
Visit our local Sailing Club and share your stories over a drink with Alderney's sailors