The Cherbourg Peninsula, Le Cotentin, has close historical and cultural links with the islands which at their nearest point are a mere eight miles away. In addition to covering its main ports and harbours, St Vaast - La Hougue, Cherbourg and Granville, I have included several minor ones which may be considered off limits for anything larger than the small shallow draft boats that use them. They are nevertheless interesting places.
The major part of this book is taken up with the classic cruising area of North Brittany. There are over sixty harbours and anchorages between Cancale east of St Malo and the far west if you include the islands of Ouessant and Molene.
This section concludes with a chapter devoted to Plateau des Roches Douvres. This hitherto unpublished information is the result of research from the air and by sea including a visit to the Subdivision des Phares et Balises at Lezardrieux that is responsible for maintenance of the lighthouse.
Over the decades since my early ventures in the area covered by this book, much has changed. The number of marinas has sprouted from a handful to the present twenty and the uniform system of buoyage with many new marks, most of which are well maintained, together with updated charts has made the area safer and more user friendly to visitors.
With dependence on GPS as a means of navigation more or less universal, the aim in writing this book has been to steer a middle course between waypoint navigation and traditional methods. Situational awareness through visual observation continues to be a vital element of pilotage and good seamanship.
My hope is that it will assist those that take up the challenge of discovering new harbours and anchorages to achieve their objective safety.
Part I. The Channel Islands
Les Ecrehous and Plateau des Minquiers
Part II. The Cherbourg Peninsula
1 St Vaast-La Hougue to Goury
2 Dielette to Granville
3 lies Chausey
Part III. North Brittany
1 Cancale to Tregastel-Ste Anne
2 Trebeurden to Ouessant
3 Plateau des Roches Douvres