Channel Islands Cruising Guide

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The Channel Islands, despite being part of the British Isles (but somewhat confusingly not part of the EU or United Kingdom), are culturally and geographically closer to France than the UK.  Situated in the English Channel just off the French coast of Normandy, the Channel Islands offer a mix of stunning scenery, rich heritage and a relaxed lifestyle with a truly unique blend of British and French influences.

The islands of Jersey, the largest island, plus Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark make up this fascinating cruising destination, particularly popular with French and British sailors.  The main ports with good facilities are Jersey's St Helier, Gorey and St Aubins Harbour; Guernsey's St Peter Port, St Sampson and Beaucette and Braye on Alderney.  Good anchorages in offshore winds can be found on all of the islands. 

General Information

Time Zone
Summer Time (from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October) = UTC +1

Pound sterling = 100 pence
Euro also accepted in many places due to close proximity with France.  Channel Islands notes and coins are in circulation too.

Tourist information
The Channel Islands
Official tourism gateway to all of the Channel Islands



Generally settled weather in summer but can be very changeable for the rest of the year.  Strong westerly winds cause heavy seas around the islands.

Met Office
Inshore waters forecast for the Channel Islands


Related Content

Channel Islands Customs and Immigration

Channel Islands Navigation and Pilotage

Channel Islands Cruising Guides

Beaucette Cruising Guide

Braye Harbour Cruising Guide

Herm Cruising Guide

Sark Cruising Guide

St Helier Cruising Guide

St Peter Port Cruising Guide

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Recommended Books

North Brittany and Channel Islands Cruising Companion
Peter Cumberlidge
Passage notes, pilotage details and harbour information covering the spectacular coast from the west side of the Cherbourg peninsula to the Chenal du Four and the Channel Islands.  Excellent descriptions, beautiful photography and lots of useful information for anyone cruising the area.