Travelling to Sark
Travelling from Guernsey to Sark
The Isle of Sark Shipping Company (+44 (0) 1481 724059) provides the passenger ferry service from Guernsey. This is the easiest way to reach Sark, with several sailings a day between Guernsey and Sark in peak season and a reduced winter service with daily boats Monday to Saturday. Ferries depart from The Inter Island Quay at St Peter Port Harbour and tickets can be purchased online, by telephone or from the White Rock office in Guernsey.
Journey time is approximately 55 minutes.
www.sarkshippingcompany.com 00 44 (0)1481 724059
Manche Iles Express operate services from Granville and Carteret in Normandy to Sark, via Jersey, several times a week from April to September.
www.manche-iles-express.com 00 44 (0)1534 880756
The Lady Maris II operates a weekly service on Thursdays between Alderney and Sark.
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Condor Ferries operate a regular service between the UK departure ports of Poole and Portsmouth to Jersey and Guernsey, and St Malo in Brittany. The high speed ferry Condor Liberation operates from Poole, and conventional ships, the Goodwill and Clipper operate from Portsmouth.
Condor www.condorferries.com 0845 124 2004
These airlines operate flights from the UK to Guernsey and Jersey.
Aurigny Air www.aurigny.com 00 44 (0)1481 822886
Blue Islands www.blueislands.com 00 44 (0)1481 727567
FlyBe www.flybe.com 00 44 (0)1481 237574
Private boat charter
“Te Aroha” is a Sark based private charter launch, fully licensed and insured for inter island travel (only 30 minutes Guernsey to Sark) and also travel to the other Islands, France or south coast UK. It is available almost all times and conditions and particularly convenient for travel outside of the regular ferry operation schedule. Contact Ray Lowe, Clos du Vivier, Sark. .
email: email@example.com 00 44 (0) 7781 149696
During June, July and August day trips are operated between Sark and the adjacent Island of Herm – please contact the Sark Tourism Office for further details.
Moorings on Sark
The jetty is busy with ferries and cargo and is also used for emergency evacuation. Visiting boats may drop passengers off when the jetty is not being used by commercial or emergency vessels but boats may not tie up or stay alongside the jetty at any time day or night. Moorings in this area are all private.
Visiting boats may moor against the wall but must leave the steps and slip way clear at all times. An alternative is to use two long warps to the north end of the harbour and a stern anchor. Creux Harbour is a drying harbour. There is no charge to use the harbour and toilets and basic showers (showers at a small charge) are available just the other side of the tunnel. There is also a café which is open most days in the summer. Creux Harbour is occasionally closed for fund raising and other events and is sometimes used by commercial ferries and cargo boats. If you are leaving your boat unattended you are advised to contact the Harbourmaster. The moorings just outside the harbour are all private.
Sark Harbourmaster can be reached on VHF Channel 13 but this is not a 24/7 watch or mobile 07781 135611. Vessels in Sark waters are left at your own risk.
These are available in Havre Gosselin on the west coast and Greve de la Ville on the east coast and are marked with YELLOW buoys. The moorings are substantial and are checked annually but you use them at your own risk. They are available free of charge (2014) but donations towards upkeep and increasing the number of moorings are always welcome. Please take donations to The Visitor Centre, leave in the secure box at the bottom of paths up from Havre Gosselin and Greve de la Ville or donate online at www.sarkmoorings.com At Havre Gosselin there is a small jetty with a ladder for low water access where dinghies can be left. The path to the top of the island begins at this point. At Greve de la Ville dinghies can be left on the steps at the beginning of the path up to the top of the island.
If you choose to anchor in either of these locations please keep well away from the moorings.
Dixcart Bay: A large flat bay with a stony incline from about half way up. Good holding on sand at the seaward end of the bay. An easy path to the top of the island. A very popular anchorage.
Derrible Bay: A large flat bay with excellent holding on sand. A long path to the top of the island. Care should be taken to leave dinghies near the steps as the top of this bay is cut off from steps near high water. There is no charge for anchoring off Sark.
Grande Greve: Good holding sand at the seaward end of the bay. Please note that the path up to the top of the island from this bay is steep, built by volunteers and not maintained by the Island Authorities. There is NO charge for anchoring in Sark waters.
Transportation of luggage
On the Isle of Sark Shipping vessels passengers are allowed to carry with them, free of charge, up to 25kg of personal luggage. Excess may be accepted, subject to availability of space, and will be charged at the passenger vessel cargo rates. IoSS reserves the right to transfer large items, or equipment to the next available cargo vessel sailing. If you are staying on Sark please ensure that your luggage is clearly labelled with your name and your accommodation on Sark. When you arrive at Sark your cases should be left on the boat and will be transferred from boat to tractor and onward to your accommodation by one of our carters.
Jimmy’s Carting Services Tel: 01481 832573 www.jimmyscartingservices.co.uk