Channel Islands & France Cruise Itinerary
Poole to Braye
Our cruises start when you arrive at our base at Cobbs Quay Marina in Poole at 8 30pm on Friday night, after a bite to eat in the Boathouse (formally the Yacht Club) we go down to the boat where we give you a safety briefing and allocate berths. Saturday we have an early start departing Cobbs Quay at 7.15am, ahead of us is a 10 to 12 hour channel crossing, on the way over each crew member will take part in the running of the yacht taking turns on watch which usually lasts 3 hours giving everyone two watches steering the boat and keeping a look out for the many large ships in the English Channel. On our arrival in Braye we find ourselves a mooring buoy and have a meal on board and usually find we need a good nights sleep after the crossing.
Alderney is one of the smaller Channel Islands measuring 3 miles long and 2 miles wide, it was occupied during the war and many of the German fortifications are still there. Depending on tide and weather we will either stay on Alderney Sunday morning departing after lunch or remain the whole day and depart Monday morning. During your stay you can walk round most of the Island taking in the magnificent views or hire a bike although it is quite a climb up the hill to St Annes the only town, why not visit the museum or take the steam train to the light house. Alderney still has duty free which is delivered to the yacht before departure.
Braye to St Peterport
This is a sail of 25 miles and takes about 5/6 hours passing through the Swinge off Alderney and down the Little Russel on the approach to St Peterport passing between the island of Herm and Guernsey.
Victoria Marina in St Peterport is right in the heart of the town, walk off the pontoons straight onto the waterfront pubs and restaurants, the island has many attractions which include several wartime occupation and underground museums and all of these can be visited by bus, it only costs 50p for one ticket to anywhere on Guernsey. We normally stay here for 24hrs to enable you to go sight seeing and in the evening we dine ashore at one of the many harbourside restaurants.
Guernsey to Sark
Sark is a short 10 mile passage which takes only 2 hours, last year we had the pleasure of a school of a dozen dolphins who stayed with us swimming close to the bow for over an hour. Our journey takes us south of the Island of Herm which you may have visited by taking a pleasure boat trip from Guernsey.
Just 22 miles west of the Normandy coast of France lies the smallest of the four major Channel Islands, the beautiful and unspoiled Island of Sark. Here you will find no cars, no metalled roads, no high-rise developments; only spectacular coastal scenery and wild flowers in a place just three miles long and one-and-a-half miles wide at its widest point. Why not hire a bike or take a horse drawn carriage and visit Little Sark across the causeway. For more information visit www.sark-tourism.com.
Sark to Cherbourg
If time permits we will call in at one of the French harbours on our way to Cherbourg which is a 40 mile passage through the notorious Alderney Race and sailing along the Cherbourg peninsular. The journey takes about 6 hours.
Cherbourg is our last port of call before departing for Poole, this is normally a 24 hour stop to give crews the chance to rest and of course visit the delights of France which includes wine tasting before purchasing at the marina wine merchants who will then deliver it to the yacht in time for departure. In the evening we dine ashore at one of the local French restaurants, other places of interest you may wish to visit are the maritime museum where you can go aboard the largest nuclear powered submarine in Europe open to the public or the local street market.
Cherbourg to Poole
Our cruise culminates with the 60 mile passage home overnight on Thursday which is an experience not to be missed if you have never sailed at night before and arriving back in Poole by mid morning on Friday.
This a typical cruise itinerary, however the route and places visited may vary due to the weather conditions and state of the tide, this is a holiday and the aim is to relax and enjoy yourself.