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Old 11 March 2008, 06:46   #1
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Alderney Race

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when the weather is more clement I would like to make the cruise over to Alderney from France. The thing that scares me is the Race

Is it reasonable to cross the Race in a 5.3m RIB ? I'm hoping that at slack water it'll be calm ?

If so, which is the best slipway for me to do it from ?

I presume a fair few Islanders pop over to France on a regular basis, do you go to Cherbourg or Dialette or do you go to the smaller harbours on the Contentin ?

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Old 11 March 2008, 06:57   #2
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Hi Pablo
I am in Guernsey and went to Alderney several times last year. The race will be ok on calm days, but a bit hairy on rougher days. We also went to Carteret last year and it was beautiful.
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Old 11 March 2008, 09:14   #3
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cap de la hague

Though the Aldernay race can be nasty (avoid wind against tide), Cap de la Hague can be VERY nasty even in fairly benign weather. I have been round that corner in an 11m yacht (in about 14knots of wind) which regularly fell into 10m 'holes' in the water! Very unpredictable and big standing waves coming from all directions every few seconds!

I would therefore be tempted not to go from Cherbourg, but from further south on the Cotentin.
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I often travel Alderney to France, and the best port is Dielette. A nice straight run up and just under 20 miles. Certainly I would recommend the race on a calm day and at slack water, which, don't forget is an hour either side of half tide. No problems in a 5m boat. It does get a bit choppy in places but you can avoid the worst by keeping out from shore. The swinge is worse!

However, you could always depart from Goury, which is only 7 or 8 miles to Alderney. Very little facilities there, but a good spot.
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les iles Chausey, les Minquiers/Ecrehous

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Just another thought. You could launch at Granville and make your way up to Alderney via Chausey/Minquiers, Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Herm!

What a fantastic trip that would be, especially if you could get a friend to take your trailer up to Carteret at the end of your holiday. Get some good charts though!
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Wind was gusting 70knots in Alcatraz yesterday and the little Trislanders were still flying in and out!!

Carteret would be a great place to be based for few days cruise, pop into dielette north bound if weather suits or 1 mile south to Portbail 4 miles to ecrehous and short hop to Jersey.

Carteret has great slipway in tidal estuary 4hours either side of high with good marina and facilities.

Keep clear of coast at Flamanville power station, it is not unknown for the helicopter to be scrambled to usher people away from area.

Pablo, if you go to Les Ecrehous the seals are really friendly if you decide to go spearfishing.
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On a first trip I was only hoping to spend 2 days visiting the island and spearfishing but in the future your suggestion would definately be great BB.

I was thinking of leaving from Omonville La Rogue (Le H‚ble) which is quite close. I'll look up Goury but the slipway can only be used around high tide.

I've found this document about navigating around Alderney. It confirms that slack tide in the Race is around half tide which I missed out on my first read.
http://www.visitalderney.com/documents/SAILNEW.pdf

Here's a great load of information concerning the Contentin slipways if that interests any of you (in French of course).
http://www.capbreizh.net/cales/maritime/50/cales.htm

Can you confirm that what we call the "Raz-Blanchard" in French in the Alderney Race ?
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Though the Aldernay race can be nasty (avoid wind against tide), Cap de la Hague can be VERY nasty even in fairly benign weather.

I would therefore be tempted not to go from Cherbourg, but from further south on the Cotentin.
I have not done this trip in a RIB but have sailed it many times. I would second the comment re. the conditions at Cap de la Hague. I would recommend not going direct along the coast and across the top of the Race.

Instead, take a parabolic route (is that the right word?) from Cherbourg. So, head more out to sea and arc round into Braye Harbour. That way you should avoid any lumpiness off Cap de la Hague and at the head of the Race. Keep a close eye out for Lobster pots as you approach Alderney in case they are being dragged under.

If, on the other hand the weather is settled, I would be happy to whizz straight across the top of Race.
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If I go from Dielette i'll pass completely under the Race and well clear of the Cap de la Hague. The inconvient side is that it's 20 miles but it should be okay. I prefer 20 safe miles than 10 break neck ones.

Thanks every body for your advice and keep it coming.
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