The Alderney Sailing Club welcomes visiting yachtsmen to the
safety of Braye Harbour which is protected by the famous Victorian
visitors from recognised Yacht Clubs can enjoy the hospitality
of the Alderney Sailing Club which is prominently situated overlooking
the the harbour.
'Sail to the Island of Alderney'
Click here to download a PDF version of 'Sail to the Island of Alderney', published by the States of Alderney
information and advice supplied by:
Alderney Harbour Office
Harbour office is open:
June to August: 0800 - 2000
0800 - 1700 Monday to Friday
the Harbourmaster acts as Coastguard and co-ordinates with the
local Lifeboat. The Harbourmaster's Office is responsible for
all moorings in Braye Harbour as well as providing the following
'Alderney Coastguard' (VHF) - Maintains a listening watch on VHF
Channel 16, 67, and 74 and can also supply a Radar VTS and RDF service.
Forecasts and Reports - available at the Harbourmaster's Office
or on VHF from 'Alderney Coastguard'.
Braye is the only port of entry for the Island of Alderney,
and all vessels entering from outside the Bailiwick of Guernsey
must complete a local customs form (UK customs forms are not acceptable
in the Bailiwick).
The information provided on this website is for information
purposes only and should not be relied upon for voyage planning,
communications, or navigational purposes.
British Admiralty; 2845, 60, 3653, 2669
SHOM; 6934, 7158
Stanfords; 7, 16.
WGS 84The latitudes and longitudes refer to the World Geodetic System 1984
Waypoint Name and Position (Latitude Longitude)
NE Approach on Leading Lights 49° 44.58'N - 002° 10.67'W
Day Mark Beacons in line 49° 44.08'N - 002° 11.18'W
Abeam end of Breakwater 49° 43.76'N - 002° 11.54'W
Swinge turning point 49° 43.50'N - 002° 14.40'W
7 cables SW Les
Etacs 49° 41.85'N - 002° 15.11 W
-0400 Dover:ML 3.5, Duration 0545, Zone 0 (UT)
for other ports based on HW Braye:
Cherbourg +52 mins
St. Peter Port, Guernsey -40 mins
St. Helier, Jersey -45 mins
Carteret -36 mins
Diélette - 30 mins
Approaching Braye Harbour, care should be taken when using the
Swinge or the Race; strong tidal streams ( up to 9 knots in the
Swinge and 11 knots in the Race ) can create dangerous overfalls,
especially with the wind over tide. It is recommended these passages
are used at or near slack water ( + 2½hr HW & +2½hr LW Alderney).
run to the NE between +2½hr LW and +2½hr HW, and to the SW between
+ 2½hr HW and + 2½hr LW. Apart from the strong tidal streams,
Alderney has many rocks around it. The safest approach to Braye
is from the NE.
Swinge - Dangerous overfalls develop on flood and ebb tides,
in particular when the wind is against tide conditions Keep to
the south side - calmest area is close to Corbet Rock Always navigate
the Swinge at slack water which is + 2.1/2 hrs HW or LW
Race - Always navigate the Race at around slack water which
is + 2.1/2 to 3 hrs HW or LW Alderney If you miss the tide from
either direction, anchor in Longy Bay to await a fair tide
Alderney Lt. Ho. Fl (4) 15sec. Fog Signal; Horn (1) 30 sec. Braye
Ldg. Lts. both Q, 215°, visible arc 210° - 220°, lead into the
- Braye Harbour Ldg. Lts. Both Q synch, lead 215° into harbour. Co-located Daymarks - both orange triangles.
From the NW, Iso WR 4s at Château à l'Étoc,
visible arc R 071° - 111°, W 111° - 151°, in line with Alderney
Lt. Ho., 111°, clears the submerged ruins of the breakwater. There
is a light, L Fl 10s, at the existing end of the Breakwater.
Fairway is marked by 5 buoys, QG and QR at its outer end, and
Q(2)G 5sec. towards the centre, and QG (3) 5sec and QR (3) 5sec on approach to Little Crabby Harbour. The Commercial Quay end is marked by 2FR (vert) lights and the entrance to Little Crabby Harbou is marked by FG and FR lights.
Call ' Alderney Coastguard', VHF 16, 67, and 74 ( see Harbour Office hours
above). The Harbour launch also listens on Ch. 74, call 'Harbour
Launch'. Outside these hours call 'Guernsey Coastguard' ( Ch.
16, 20) or CROSSMA, ( French Coastguard, Ch. 16,13,80,etc.).
taxi: call ' Mainbrayce Taxi', Marina Channels VHF Channel
37 ( M ), or Channel 80 (0830 - 1800) only. Mainbrayce
does not listen or work on Ch. 16.
Chandlers listen on both the above channels during opening hours
(approximately 0830 - 1800 during the summer); the water taxi
listens only on Ch. 37 (M) during working hours (see ' Facilities
in the harbour').
Lat./Long. 49° 43.76N, 002° 11.52W.
There are 70 yellow visitors' mooring buoys, and it is possible
to raft up on these in good weather. All other mooring buoys are
private, and should not be used without permission. The anchorage
in the middle of the bay has good holding ground in sand, but
there are areas of rock and weed.
to Braye Harbour, there are a number of other anchorages around
Alderney. None provide any facilities, and all are only safe in
calm weather and/or offshore winds. Clockwise from Braye these
Saye - sandy bottom. Corblets - near lighthouse, sandy
Longis Bay - sandy bottom, dries a long way out, a good
place to wait for fair tide in the Race - it is recommended to
anchor no further in than the line between Raz Island Fort and
Telegraph Bay - on SW point of island, small sandy bay
that dries from half-tide down, holding patchy in sand and heads
Hannaine Bay - S. of Clonque Fort, a good place to wait
for fair tide through the Swinge. Burhou - the Lug, SW end of
Burhou, below half-tide on the SW stream.
Good in Braye Harbour, but not in strong N - NE winds, nor occasionally
in a heavy SW swell.
Burhou is a bird sanctuary, and landing is prohibited between
the 15th March and 1st August.
From UK dial area code: 01481
International dial +44 1481
112 or 999
Tel 822620, Fax 823699
Customs: Tel 823573
Coastguard: Tel 822620, Fax 823699
Police: Tel: 824999
Doctor: Tel 822077 or 822494
Tourism Information: Tel 822811