Not surprisingly for a relatively undiscovered island in the Channel, Sark is a dream for sailors and pleasure boaters. Wherever you are on the island, you’re never more than a short distance from the sea, and therefore always within a short distance from being on a boat.
Sark has a variety of moorings available to visitors, as well as a range that are for private use only, so if a life on the ocean wave is your pleasure, then enjoy our useful guide to all the moorings the island has to offer, along with our tips and guidelines on the Dos and Donts for their usage.
These are available in Havre Gosselin on the west coast of Sark, and Greve de la Ville on the east coast. You can identify them from the YELLOW buoys used as markers.
At Havre Gosselin there is a small jetty with a ladder to assist with access at low water. You can also leave your dinghies there before using the path which leads from the jetty to the top of the island.
At Greve de la Ville you may leave your dinghies on the steps which mark the beginning of the path leading upwards to the top of the island.
If you choose to anchor in either of these locations please keep well away from the moorings. The moorings are checked every year and are solid and substantial, however it goes without saying that any visitor using them does so at their own risk.
These visitors’ moorings are available free of charge although donations are always welcomed – any money donated by users goes towards maintaining the moorings and increasing their number. Should you wish to make any donations it’s easy – simply pop along to the Visitor Centre and leave it in the secure box you’ll find at the bottom of the paths leading up from either Havre Gosselin or Greve de la Ville. You can also donate online at www.sarkmoorings.com
Visiting boats may moor against the wall, however visitors are required to leave the steps and slipway free and clear at all times.
Alternatively, if you have a stern anchor you can use two long warps to the north end of the harbour. The moorings just outside the harbour are all private, and of course any vessels left in Sark waters are done so at your own risk.
There is no charge to use either the harbour itself or the toilets, and for a small charge you can also use the shower facilities. There is also a café which is open most days in the summer.
Creux Harbour, which is east facing, is sometimes used by commercial ferries and cargo boats, and for fundraising activities, so if you’re planning on leaving your boat unattended it’s best to contact the Harbourmaster beforehand.
It’s also a fun place to moor, as harbour jumping (jumping from the harbour wall into the water) is a popular pastime by visitors and locals alike. The landing beach also benefits from a natural (ok, with perhaps just a little man made assistance) rock pool which is perfect for studying all the small sea creatures that call Sark home.
Sark Harbourmaster can be reached on VHF Channel 13 (not 24/7) or by mobile on 07781 135611.
This east-facing harbour can be categorized as a ‘drop off only’ one, rather than a ‘tie up and wander off’ one!
It’s a busy jetty, with regular ferry and cargo traffic, so while visiting boats may drop passengers off when the jetty is not being used by commercial or emergency vessels, they’re not allowed to tie up or stay alongside the jetty at any time day or night. Moorings in this area are all private.
There is no charge for visitors who wish to anchor anywhere in Sark’s waters, so here are the three most favoured locations to anchor when visiting the island by boat:
A very popular anchorage for visitors, this is another large flat bay on the south-east coast, this time with a stony incline from around halfway up. There is good holding on the sand at the seaward end of the bay, and an easy path which takes you to the top of the island.
This is a large flat bay on the south-east coast with excellent holding on sand and a long path which leads directly to the top of the island. It is advisable to leave any dinghies close to the steps, since the top of this bay is cut off from steps around high water time.
Another useful anchorage, this time on the south-west coast of Sark. The sand here also has good holding sand at the seaward end of the bay. It’s worth noting however that the path up to the top of the island from this bay isn’t a gentle one – it’s steeper than the rest in case you’re visiting with children or the elderly, and that it was built by volunteers and not maintained by the Island Authorities.