Channel Islands Cruising Guide

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. Despite being part of the British Isles (but somewhat confusingly not part of the EU or United Kingdom), they are culturally and geographically closer to France than the UK.

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.

The official currency is the Pound sterling but the Euro is also accepted in many places due to the close proximity with France.  Channel Islands notes and coins are in circulation too.

The time zone is UTC with Summer Time from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October UTC+1.

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