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This is the main port for Jersey and is busy with yachts, ferries and small commercial vessels. It is a vibrant little town with plenty to interest the visitors.

Position 49° 10'12"N, 02° 07'12"W (harbour entrance)

Clearance

Port Control is on VHF Channel 14 and should be monitored during approach. Contact only if essential.

There are traffic lights controlling the entrance into the main harbour. A green light shown on Victoria pierhead means that a vessel may enter, while a red light allows vessels to leave only.

Report to the Harbour Office in St Helier marina if international clearance is required. Collect and complete the appropriate form and deposit it in the special box by the entrance ramp. This should be done within 2 hours of arrival.

Note: La Collette basin is no longer used as a waiting area, nor is it normally available for visitors.

Last updated July 2016.

Jersey Customs & Immigration Service
Maritime House , La Route du Port Elizabeth , St Helier, Jersey JE1 1JD
Tel:+44 (0)1534 448000 Fax:+44(0)1534 833 833
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
Pierhead Weather Conditions
The conditions at St Helier Pierhead (wind speed, direction and strength of gusts) is broadcast every 2 minutes on VHF channel 18.

Docking

There are three marinas in St Helier, but only St Helier Marina (the 'Town marina') is normally open to visiting yachts. The all-tide Collette Basin, previously available to visitors, is now reserved for residents only.

St Helier marina - photo courtesy of SY Lady Jane - is close to the centre of the town and recently the number of available berths has been increased. If arriving outside the cill opening times (approximately HW +/-3hrs), moor to the holding pontoon just to port of the marina entrance - close to the gate for those yachts planning to move inside; further back for those planning to stay outside. On busy weekends, the rafting up required here is quite something! There is a digital tidal gauge by the cill.

The approach channels, through this rock-strewn area, are well marked, but as there are several converging from different directions, it is important to identify the correct marks on the chosen route. Also, beware of the cross tides, which can be up to 4 knots. The number of high-speed ferries using this port make a good all-round look-out essential.

In settled weather, there are many anchorages in the various bays along the south coast of the island.

Last updated July 2016.

Jersey Marinas
This is the administration HQ for all Jersey Harbours (Elizabeth Marina, La Collette Yacht Basin and St Helier Marina).
Address: Maritime House , La Route du Port Elizabeth , St.Helier Jersey JE1 1H
Tel:+44 (0) 1534 447730
Website: http://www.portofjersey.je/JerseyMarinas
Email: marinas@gov.je

St Helier Marina
Maritime House , La Route du Port Elizabeth , St Helier, JE1 1HB
Tel: +44 (0) 1534 447730 / +44 (0)1534 885508 Fax:+44 (0)1534 879549 ,VHF Channel 14
All visiting craft are directed to St Helier Marina. It is accessible 3 hours either side of HW via a sill. Long holding pontoon to port of entrance.
La Collette Yacht Basin and Elizabeth Marinas are for craft on long term contracts.
Close to the town centre. 200 visitors' berths. Excellent facilities, launderette, WiFi, mini-market, cafe. Chandlery and other yachting services are close by. Fuel berth in the main harbour.
Beware of the underwater ledge projecting 2 or 3 metres from the wall to port, inside the marina.
Elizabeth Marina
Jersey Harbours, Maritime House , La Route du Port Elizabeth , St Helier JE1 1HB
Tel:+44 (0)1534 885530/774408 Fax:+44 (0)1534 885593
This marina is normally for residents only but berths are sometimes available for longer stay visitors. Access 3 hours either side of high water. The approach channel is well marked. The entrance is controlled by lights; 10 minutes each way in turn. There is a gauge showing the depth over the sill. All facilities, including pump-out, chandlery. Electricity and water, toilets and showers, washing machine, fuel berth, security gates and cameras The town is a 10 minute walk away.
It is advisable not to enter this marina during the first half an hour (1 hour at springs) after the gate opens as the tidal stream is strong in the vicinity of the gate.
La Collette Yacht Basin
Maritime House , La Route du Port Elizabeth , St.Helier, Jersey JE1 1H
Tel:+44 (0) 1534 447730 ,VHF Channel 14 'Jersey Port Control' if essential
This deep water, all-tide marina is no longer normally available to visiting yachts and is reserved for residents only. Good facilities. Small shop selling essentials and also gas at the head of the ramp. Many yacht repair services close by, also a good chandler about a 10 minute walk away, towards the town centre.

Yacht Clubs

St Helier Yacht Club
South Pier (by the fuel dock) , St Helier , JE2 3NB
Tel:+44 (0)1534 732 229 / restaurant bookings 721307 Fax:+44 (0)1534 720 842
Opening hours: 09:30-23:45 (daily)
Welcomes visiting yachtsmen. Toilets, showers, bar and restaurant open for breakfast and lunch every day, dinner on Friday evenings and on Saturday evenings in the summer. The food is excellent quality and value. Racing enquiries - Julian Barbe on 07797 758924
MariaWadsworth
MariaWadsworth says:
Jul 25, 2017 10:27 AM

Some cleats in St Helier Marina are unusual that you can't throw a rope over them you have to get off and tie your rope through. The berthing master is very helpful.

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