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Old 10-11-2010, 01:05 AM   #1
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Entering Piers' marina in Beaucette, Guernsey

While enroute from Portugal to Scandinavia this summer, we called in at St. Peter Port, Guernsey after crossing the Biscay from Coruna, Spain. The main Victoria Marina was full so we were directed to raft up to a free floating/anchored pontoon in the tidal part of the harbor. At the pontoon water was available but no electricity.
The next morning I checked with Beaucette Marina located on the northern end of the island which had a landlocked berth available to us. So off we went, not knowing how narrow the entrance is. Entering the marina is further complicated by a concrete wall that forces an entering vessel to make a sharp port turn before finally getting into the sheltered marina. We entered at slack high water and very little wind.
I believe this is the marina where Piers keeps his Play d'Eau. Just can't imagine how he could enter his marina in northerly blow.
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1. Local boats in St. Peter Port
2. Customs Office
3. Rafted up outside the marina
4. Sill at Victoria Marina entrance is well lit at night. Tidal hight is 20+ feet
5. Met by Beaucette Marina staff to guide us in
6. Getting closer to entrance
7. Aiming for the hole
8. Keeping to port to avoid wall on starbord side
9. Starboard side getting close to rocks as we are turning to port
10. Inside. Now a 180 turn to starboard
11. Directed to the alongside berth behind the blue hulled Nelson
12. Finally in our berth
13. Low tide in the marina
14. Play d'Eau was not in. Staff said his berth was in the background



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Old 10-11-2010, 09:13 AM   #2
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RE: Entering Piers' marina in Beaucette, Guernsey

talk about no room for error!!!
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:41 AM   #3
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RE: Entering Piers' marina in Beaucette, Guernsey

Very nice!!! Thanks for sharing. Pretty spooky there next to those rocks!
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:37 PM   #4
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RE: Entering Piers' marina in Beaucette, Guernsey

Great Job!

That is what I call cruising.* It is also a great demonstration of boat handling.* Best wishes as you continue your fantastic voyage.
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