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Old 06 March 2016, 13:52   #1
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Poole to Guernsey

Good evening RIBnet'ers

I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good place to stay on Guernsey.

We are planning a trip from Poole to Guernsey on the RIB something that we have never done before. Our usual boating consists of day trips around the Solent and Jurassic coast area.

The trip over to Guernsey is something that we have always wanted to do so have decided 2016 is the year for such an adventure ;-)

We are thinking a long weekend would be nice. Cruise over their on the Saturday and cruise back on the Monday (14th - 16th May), weather permitting.

Stay on Guernsey Saturday evening and possibly Alderney on the Sunday evening.

We are open to suggestions, any advice would be most welcome.

Where is a good marina to stay?
Is there any B&B recommendations?
Are there any idyllic bays/places we should be checking out?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 06 March 2016, 14:56   #2
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Hey Dude

Alderney Harbour Harbour - Alderney You moor up on a visitors mooring protected by the breakwater and water taxi takes you to the main pontoon.

As for hotels I would go to the Georgian House or the Harbour Lights but there are a few more:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?clie...1&rlfi=hd:;si:

Guernsey is totally different, a large harbour and busy streets, lots of cafes and restaurants, only been there for lunch as I like the going back in time feeling that Alderney has.

Here's a video of our last trip to Alderney with a run to Guernsey for lunch...



Just let me know if you need to know any more info
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Old 06 March 2016, 15:45   #3
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Are there any idyllic bays/places we should be checking out?

Ducie & Ben37
This is Alderney...

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Old 07 March 2016, 10:27   #4
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Thanks Whisper,
Alderney looks awesome.
I reckon we will do one night in St Peters Port Guernsey and the second night in Alderney Harbour.
Cheers for all the info.
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Hi Whisper,
Do you know if one can pre-book a visitors mooring? Or can one just rock up on the day.
Are the moorings pretty secure ?
Our original plan was to stay on Guernsey but having looked at the tides/Gate opening times at Victoria Marina it may be best to Stay on Alderney both nights and have a days trip over to St Peters Port on the Sunday.
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The Alderney moorings are absolutely rock solid with very thick strops. They are very well maintained due to the swell the often comes in. I moor our 45' sailing yacht on those without any second thoughts, and at peak times they will raft 2-3 yachts on a mooring. I've always just turned up, and they always find a space, but no harm in phoning to see if you can book. Especially for a RIB they would probably find some space!

Guernsey/St Peter Port - you know you don't have to stay in Victoria Marina? There's a large visitors pontoon area in the main harbour, accessible all states of tide, which as of last year is connected to the shore via a pontoon. That's where we always berth the sailing yacht, very easy with no sill/gates to go through. And now they've redesigned it and connected them all to the shore, you don't even need the dinghy any more.
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Sounds cool Ducie

Here's the webcam for the Alderney Braye harbour:

Embedding IP Camera Live Video Stream in web page - IPCamLive.com

Right under this camera is where you get fuel in the small harbour, its syphoned from the dock so you need to know how much you can take on, if too much you'll have an overspill.

The short stay moorings are near the RNLI boat, if you're next to a Yacht then put fenders out both sides as the tide will swing you both when it turns.

Hope this helps

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Old 25 April 2016, 09:22   #8
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Thank you Alex & Paul,
A wealth of information, very much appreciated :-)
We are all booked into the Harbour Lights Hotel for the 14th & 15th.
Am looking forward to exploring some of the bays.
Fingers crossed the weather gods are kind to us ;-)
Cheers guys.
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Try The Casquettes-only 8/9 miles from Braye harbour.
Great war time stories about this place. Alderney and the islands occupied by the Germans in WW2-the Casquettes likewise. Garrison at the lighthouse were asleep one night when the Allied Special Forces popped in and captured the lot-took them back to Blighty. New garrison put on lighthouse, naked, to keep them awake. Trouble is they all huddled inside to keep warm and Allied Forces raided the Casquettes again!

Care crossing The Swinge (current can be vicious) though, and look left and right when going past Burhou (the ferry from UK).
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I would recommend La Creux on Sark. It is a well protected small harbour and is usually very quiet - you need to be able to dry out or to float in very little water which rules out deep keel yachts.
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