Ap­proaches to st Malo

Yachting Monthly - - A LONG WEEKEND -

The ap­proaches to St Malo, St Ser­van, Dinard and La Rance with such a scat­ter­ing of rocks looks chal­leng­ing, par­tic­u­larly when you fac­tor in the large ti­dal range and fre­quent cross streams. But, de­pen­dent on con­di­tions and your ap­proach, you have a choice of seven chan­nels. Chenal de la Pe­tite Porte (8·6m), the main ship­ping chan­nel, is well marked and is the most straight­for­ward by day or night. This ap­proach is made from NW via At­ter­age St Malo land­fall buoy (Iso.4s). Try to iden­tify key marks:

Ile de Cézem­bre (by day), Le Grand Jardin Light­house (Fl(2)r.10s2m15m), and Balue light­house (DIR.F.G.68M25M) on the sky­line above St Ser­van.

A course of 130°, with Balue aligned with Grand Jardin, keeps you just north of Le Vieux Banc shoals, 1.5M NW of the land­fall buoy, and then leaves to port;

Le Grande Hupée reef (0·7m) 0·9M NW of Grand Jardin

Le Bunel (dries 3·8m) 0·5M WNW of Cézem­bre, marked by W car­di­nal buoy (Q(9) 15s)

And, to star­board ;

Pier­res des Portes reef (0·4m) which ex­tends 200m NE of Les Cour­tis star­board light tower (FL.G.4S7M).

When Les Cour­tis is abaft the beam, ad­just course to star­board to leave Le Grand Jardin 200m to port. Then fol­low the chan­nel on 129° to­wards the head of the break­wa­ter, Mole des Noires (VQ.R.11M.6M). Leave the ferry ter­mi­nal (VQ.G) to star­board to con­tinue in the dredged chan­nel to­wards St Malo Lock (70° with F.R in align­ment) for Port Vauban Ma­rina. There are wait­ing buoys NW of the lock. Al­ter­na­tively, leave the ferry ter­mi­nal to port and if there is enough wa­ter over the sill, con­tinue in to Les Bas Sablons Ma­rina, St Ser­van, where the vis­i­tors’ berths are on pon­toons A and B. Be­ware strong ti­dal streams.

The above is ex­tracted from the re­vised first edi­tion of RCC Pi­lotage Foun­da­tion Chan­nel Is­lands, Cher­bourg Penin­su­lar and North Brit­tany pub­lished by Imray which came out in May 2018.

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