AlanM wrote:IMCR wrote:Johnm - what a brilliant memory, and it was indeed the First and Last. Such a shame it closed, one of the treasures, it was. Never found anything quite like it on Alderney, sad to say. The Braye Beach started out very well, but I am not sure it quite kept its standards.
Yes, I have also watched yachts coming out of Braye Harbour west bound for Guernsey and going backwards with the engine at full tiltl The currents there are impressive as well, and with some nasty overfalls with wind against tide.
Maybe Alderney (as well as the others) will have a good year with the limitation on Interantional travel - I do hope so.
Anyone who hasnt been to Sark must go. Another complete gem. Fly to Guernsey and it is an easy boat trip over. There is an hotel in the middle of Sark where I stayed last time that is superb (Stocks). Great bar surrounded by fine malts! Just what us pilots need. Guernsey as airports go simply could not be more welcoming.
You could have sailed to Sark and used Stocks’ own mooring!
Herm is also worth seeing..... I love taling the boat there. As is the Ecrehous and the Minquieres which you can get to by one of the many Rib charters.
Staycation in the Channel Islands is the way forward!
Would their moorings not be in the harbour at Sark, or do you mean in Guernsey. With a fixed keel I am afraid that wouldnt work as of course the harbour dries out. The anchorage I have always used is around the back of the island with the steps up through the rocks or rib around to the harbour. Last time it was by air, so it was one of the charters over to the wall just outside the harbour which doesnt dry but I dont think suitable for leaving a yacht in any swell, and I seem to recall not generally permitted. The anchorage is one of those incredible spots. Usually a couple of times a day the local pod of dolphins makes it way through the anchored boats and makes everyone smile - it is also stunning. Sailing there as lovely as Sark is, I would stay on the boat.