APPROACHES TO St. PETER PORT
Because of strong tidal currents around the Channel Islands careful study of the Tidal Atlas is recommended. At spring tides high water is approximately 0800/2000 G.M.T. (8.9 range) and at Neaps 0100/1300 (6.6m), slack water is approximately half tide in the Little Russel.
Maximum tidal flow will be experienced at high and low water. Tidal rates vary from 5.25 knots during Springs and 2.25 during Neaps.
THE BIG RUSSEL is 2 miles wide and needs no transits. Its sides are clearly marked. At night use the white sector of Noir Pute Light House as far as the Lower Heads Buoy and then Northward up the Little Russel to St. Peter Port.
RADIO NAVIGATIONAL AIDS
There are DF beacons at Guernsey Airport and Castle Breakwater Light House. Platte Fougere is equipped with Racon and Casquets light house has a Racon T. Weather forecasts from Jersey Radio are broadcast on Channels 25 & 82 and 1726 Khz at 0645, 1245, 1845 and 2245 G.M.T. St. Peter Port Radio listens out on Channels 16, 20 and 62 (link calls only) with Port Control on Channel 12 for commercial traffic only. Visiting yachts will be met by Port Control dorys in the harbour south fairway and can also call on Channels 37 or 80 during office hours (8.30- 13.00 & 14.00- 17.00 Mon - Fri only). Beaucette Marina listens out on Channel 16 and Channel M.