Jersey is in the English Channel, but much nearer to France than England. Open to Atlantic swells coming from the West, but much more protected from the East by the Normandy peninsula which is only 14 miles away. Don’t try going there on a board though – the French authorities have locked up people who have tried this without permission, and for good reason. Our 40 foot tides lead to strong currents (up to 9
knots further North around Alderney).
>> Le Braye
In the south of St. Ouen’s Bay with good access from a large slipway and carpark. Best sailed in a south-westerly at half tide as shown in the picture.
In the middle of St. Ouen’s Bay. Also has good access with a large carpark and slipway. Good in North Westerlies (easier access than Secrets) and for speed sailing in dead offshore Easterlies. Watch out for the rip, particularly once the tide reaches the slipway when there is any swell running. Also watch out for the rocks (mainly to the North) at low tide.
>> SecretsThe beach can only be accessed down some narrow steps from a gravel car park. A much better high tide spot than Sands or Le Braye and probably the best spot to sail in a north westerly.
>> Bel Royal
Offers varied conditions from flat water to small waves, best sailed in a south to south-westerly. Easy access from a slipway and car park with some grass areas for rigging.
>> Greve d’Azette
Not the most popular spot on the island., but can be fun on a high tide with the wind from the south-west. Parking and rigging on the slipway only. Beware the rocks – have a look at low tide before sailing here.
Great sailing in a north-easterly. Park in the large gravel car park and there is a large grass area for rigging. Be ready for a long walk if out after half tide.