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Alderney is similar to the other Channel Islands in having sheer cliffs broken by stretches of sandy beach and dunes. The island is surrounded by rocks, which have caused hundreds of wrecks. There are treacherous tidal streams on either side of the island: the Swingebetween Alderney and Burhou, just outside the harbour, and Le Raz between the island and the Normandy mainland. The Corbet Rock lies in the Swinge.

There are a number of other anchorages around Alderney, in addition to Braye. None provide any facilities, and all are only safe in calm weather and/or offshore winds. Clockwise from Braye these are: Saye – sandy bottom; Longis Bay – sandy bottom, dries a long way out, a good place to wait for fair tide in the Race; Telegraph Bay – on SW point of island, small sandy bay that dries from half-tide down, holding patchy in sand and heads of rock; Hannaine Bay – S. of Fort Clonque, 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.
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Aurigny (en anglais : Alderney, en auregnais : Aoeur'gny) est une des îles Anglo-Normandes. Elle est entourée de falaises abruptes interrompues par de longues plages de sable et des dunes. Le point culminant de l’île se trouve sur le plateau central, à 90 mètres environ au-dessus du niveau de la mer. Aurigny est encerclé de deux courants marins très violents : le Swinge (passage au Singe) entre Aurigny et Burhou et le Raz Blanchard, entre l’île et la côte du Cotentin. Une longue digue brise-lames fut construites pour protéger les installations portuaires du port de Braye.

La présence de rochers tout autour de l’île rend la navigation périlleuse et a provoqué de nombreux naufrages. Les Rochers des Corbet (Corbet Rocks) représentent un danger de plus dans le passage du Singe.

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Alderney Harbour

The Harbour office is open: June to August: 0800 – 2000; At all other times: 0800 – 1700 Monday to Friday;On arrival please call into the Harbour Office where our friendly and helpful staff will ensure that you have all the nautical, weather and general information required for ...
8 Oct 15

Phare de Goury

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7 May 12

Cap de la Hague

Cap de la Hague, a low point fronted by drying rocks, is located 3.2 miles N of Nez de Jobourg . Dangers extend up to about 0.8 mile seaward on the N side and about 1.5 miles on the W side of the cape. A signal station, consisting of a white tower and a dwelling, stands on the N extremity.
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Anse de Senival

Petite anse entre le "Nez des Voidries" au NE et le "Nez de Jobourg" au SE.
8 Mar 11

Port Racine

Abrité en bordure de la magnifique et légendaire Anse St Martin, le Port Racine tient son nom d'un corsaire du 18ème siècle.
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Port du Hâble

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6 May 12

St Sampson's harbour

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21 Jan 08

Saint Sampson

Small port protected by a breakwater.
28 Aug 11

Queen Elisabeth II Marina

All visiting vessels must clear inwards at the main harbour of St Peter Port, regardless of whichever marina they moor in. Mooring in the QEII Marina is by prior arrangement only.
20 May 08

St Peter ( Guernsey)

Visiting Tachts
In the Victoria Marina: Moorings alongside pontoons are available for boats up to a maximum of 42ft (12.8m) LOA and a maximum draught of 6ft (1.8m). The sill height is 4.2m above chart datum, with access to the marina approximately 2.5 hours either side of high ...
21 Jan 08

Anse de Vauville

Longue plage de 6nm offrant un vaste mouillage de beau temps.
6 May 12
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Manche - English Channel

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A number of major islands are situated in the Channel, as the Isle of Wight off the English coast and the British crown dependencies ...
3 Jun 12

NE Atlantic Ocean

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Customs and Immigration 
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21 Jan 08

Start Point - Selsey Bill

From Start Point to the Bill of Portland, 50 miles NE, the coast curves inward in a broad sweep, the N portion of which is Lyme Bay. Between the Bill of Portland and Saint Catherine’s Point, at the S end of the Isle of Wight, the coast is divided into two bays by the Isle of Purbeck.
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Ouest Cotentin

The W coast of the Cotentin Peninsula is one of the most inhospitable coasts of France. There are few prominent objects, and it is bordered by dangers which join with those of Jersey, the Iles Chausey, and Plateau des Minquiers. Fog is frequent and the tidal currents are strong.
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