Sailing along the Normandy and Breton coasts and to the Channel Islands is a dream for every sea sailor.
There is no better place in Europe to learn to navigate, to enter ports with sometimes eleven meters of tidal difference. An area where the current is king. World famous is the Alderney Race, a strait that runs between Alderney and Cap de la Hague. The current varying with the tide, and can run up to about 12 knots (22 km/h) during equinoctial tides.
Wind strength and direction are of much less importance here. The current determines whether you reach your goal.
There are also harbours, such as the one at Carteret, where you can see the harbor from the sea, at low tide, ‘far’ inland, like a ‘swimming pool in the landscape’, as if you could only get there by land.
Here you have to calculate exactly when you can sail over the sill at the harbor entrance with high water and also when you can leave again!