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Discount for members at the Port Chantereyne, Cherbourg in 2018.

HROA members can claim a 20% discount on berthing fees when showing a valid membership card

An important French naval base since the nineteenth century, Chantereyne Cherbourg provides an excellent all weather sheltered marina with easy access into town, and a reasonable walk towards the ferry terminals for those that decide to 'jump ship'. Situated in a strategically perfect location, it was Napoleon who had the vision (and the clout) to transform relatively an inferior natural harbour into a major transatlantic port by constructing massive artificial breakwaters. Today this former giant of French shipbuilding is kept busy with ferries from the UK and international cargo ships. But it isn’t all commerce and tourism. Cherbourg is also one of the most famous venues for competitive sailing and has played host to more than 50 events in the last 20 years, including the prestigious Tall Ships Race, the Tour de France, the Cutty Sark Gathering and the Starmanche.

It is the biggest marina on the French side of the channel with over 1150 berths with an additional 140 moorings in the outer harbour and a comprehensive marine services. There is also a restaurant and bowling alley. The harbour is home to a major new attraction La Cité de la Mer, which combines a huge aquarium with exhibits representing the history and world of undersea exploration.

For some a bolt hole when the weather turns to the south and makes the Channel Islands impossible, or returning to the UK and wanting an easy escape from an unexpected gale, there's excellent shopping and a good choice of places to wine and dine!