An important naval base since the nineteenth century, Cherbourg is a city that remains extricable from the sea. Situated in a strategically perfect location, it was Napoleon who had the vision (and the clout) to transform relatively an inferior natural harbour into a major transatlantic port by constructing massive artificial breakwaters. The rest, as they say, is history. Today this former giant of shipbuilding is kept busy with ferries from the UK and international cargo ships. But it isn’t all commerce and tourism. Cherbourg is also one of the most famous venues for competitive sailing and has played host to more than 50 events in the last 20 years, including the prestigious Tall Ships Race, the Tour de France, the Cutty Sark Gathering and the Starmanche.
As you would expect from a port with such an impressive nautical pedigree, Cherbourg is fully equipped to welcome the thousands of visiting members of the pleasure boating fraternity and Chantereyne Marina is nothing less than exceptional. The most important marina on the Channel it has a capacity of 1150 berths with an additional 140 moorings in the outer harbour and a comprehensive selection of superb marine services. There is also a restaurant and bowling alley. The harbour is home to a major new attraction La Cité de la Mer, which combines a huge aquarium with exhibits representing the history and world of undersea exploration.
With excellent shopping and a good choice of places to wine and dine, Cherbourg is always well worth a visit and makes an excellent base for exploring the historic surrounding coastline.
Bienvenue Ã Mainbrayce d'Aurigny qui a donne 30 ans de service aux plaisanciers et insulaires.
En Décembre 2008 Mainbrayce a gagné les nouveaux propriétaires qui ont commence un programme d'investment et de amélioration des services dans le secteur de port.
La compagnie a maintenu les permis de taxi de l'eau et contrÃ´le la laundrette pour les plaisanciers visitants.
Le magasin est bien approvisionné. Appelez nous (ou e-mail) pour les prix sans T.V.A. pour l'équipement, les carburants (gasoil/essence) hors taxe.
Nous sommes également l'endroit de port pour l'achat de l'alcool et des cigarettes hors taxes.
En espérant de vous accueillir Ã Aurigny.
Welcome to Mainbrayce of Alderney, who have given 30 years of service to
visiting yachtsmen and islanders alike.
Recently Mainbrayce gained new owners who have begun a process of
investment into and enhancement of services in the harbour area. The
company has retained the Water Taxi License and manages the laundrette
for visiting yachtsmen. For those yachtsmen of long standing you can
still call on Roland for help and advise.
The Mainbrayce Chandlery based in the inner harbour hold a good stock of
rope, paints and yacht and motor boat spares along with some fantastic
clothing including the new Holebrook range.. We also provide year round
Tax Free fuelling services from the Inner Harbour with the Chandlery
also stocking a comprehensive range of lubricants, filters and engine parts.
Call or e-mail Penny at the Chandlery to get quotes on a huge range of
Tax free yacht and motorboat spares, as we provide an extensive order
now and collect when passing service which will save thousands of pounds
and Euro's for a refit or new build yacht.
Mainbrayce also stock a limited line of fishing tackle, however if you
are in need of more professional equipment we can call on Mark Harding
at Alderney Angling.
Mainbrayce are also the harbour location for the purchase of Duty Free
Alcohol and Cigarettes. Make sure you pop into the Chandlery to order
your allowances which will be placed on your vessel before sailing by
the Water Taxi.
Mainbrayce is also a SeaStart agent and can carry out minor and major
engineering work, repairs and refit work on yachts and motorboats. The
cranage is up to 16m and or 18mt, please ensure you call for this service.
Alderney is a fantastic destination, with a beautiful harbour and
excellent restaurants and we at Mainbrayce will do our best to ensure
visiting yachtsmen, RIB owners and motor boaters have a pleasant and
problem free visit. Make sure you visit the Mainbrayce Chandlery or call
(e-mail) us for services, help and waterborne advise.
To the East, we pass Saint-Vaast, then Barfleur leading on to the Bay of the Seine and the D Day beaches. To the West, the Anglo-Norman islands are within a stone's throw, then you will have a coastal navigation from Dielette to Granville. Passing through Barneville-Carteret will allow you to sail down to Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey and Sarkâ€¦ Do not forget Chausey, or even further down Saint-Malo. Cherbourg is the place to start your boat trip, or return from it, stay or continue on to other horizons. Port Chantereyne awaits your visit.