Channel Islands

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Ship’s papers

Ship’s registration papers.

Crew papers

Passports not required for British citizens.

Report to Customs?

Yes. Fly flag Q and report to Customs for Guernsey and its dependencies Alderney, Herm, Sark, Jethou, Lihou and Brechou at either Braye, St Peter Port, St Sampson or Beaucette. The Channel Islands are treated as foreign by EC customs. On return to UK mainland, fly flag Q, complete form C1331 and contact Customs. If you visit the Channel Islands, then France or other EU country, then return directly to the UK, you don’t need to report to UK Customs.


Available in harbours and marinas.


Available in harbours and marinas.

Shore power 220V AC

Available in most harbours and marinas.


Sterling is accepted everywhere, used interchangeably with Guernsey and Jersey sterling. Jersey and Guernsey currency cannot be used in the rest of the UK. Your UK chequebook and cheque card can be used. Branches of major UK banks on Guernsey and Jersey.

Credit cards

Widely accepted. Use in cashpoints.

Emergencies ­ VHF

Distress calls on Ch 16 should be heard by St Peter Port and Jersey Radio. Lifeboats on Guernsey and Jersey. St Peter Port or St Helier harbourmasters, who co-ordinate with the French CROSSMA, Joburg and Falmouth.

Emergencies ­ phone

Ambulance 999

Police 999

Fire 999

Berthing fees

Similar to UK.


Animals may be landed if from UK, Ireland or other Channel Islands, but not if boat has visited France, or any other foreign country, and animal has landed. You must not berth alongside a quay or pontoon with animal aboard unless obtain permission from a Revenue Officer.

Telephone boxes

Use phone cards obtained in newsagents.

Dialling code to UK

Dial as you would in the UK. Phones are part of UK network.

Weather forecasts.

You can phone Marinecall for a 5-day forecast before you leave the UK, on 09068 500432 at 60p per minute. This number cannot be dialled from the Channel Islands. Radio 4 shipping forecasts are broadcast at 0048, 0535, 0542 (Sun), 0556 (Sat). 1201 and 1754 on 198kHz LW and 92.4-94.6mHz FM. Jersey Radio broadcasts forecasts on Chs 25 and 82 at 0645, 0745, 0845 local time, and 1245, 1845, 2245 GMT. Ashore on Guernsey telephone 8080 for recorded information. In Jersey, call 0900 665 0011 for a Jersey forecast, or 0900 665 0022 for the whole of the Channel Islands.


Guernsey: Max width 7ft 4in (2.24m). At Jersey, must register craft at St Helier harbour office if it’s under 30ft and does over 12 knots, with proof of insurance. A small fee will be charged, in return for JY licence number.

Condor ferries to Guernsey and Jersey: max height 3m, max length 6m, max width 2.2m, max weight 3.5 tons. Book well in advance.

Charts and books

Admiralty charts. Use large-scale.

Macmillan Nautical Almanac.

Shell Channel Pilot. Tom Cunliffe. Imray .

North Brittany and Channel Islands Cruising. Peter Cumberlidge. Yachting Monthly.

Channel Harbours and Anchorages. K Adlard Coles. Adlard Coles Nautical.

Tourist office

Guernsey Tourist Information Office, PO Box 23, St Peter Port, Guernsey. Tel: 01481 723552. Visit or e-mail

Jersey Tourist Information Bureau, Liberation Square, St Helier, Jersey JE1 1BB. Tel: 01534 500700. Visit or e-mail


English spoken everywhere.

September 2001


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