Kourou (Anchorage)

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Coordinates: 005° 8.881' N , 052° 38.789' W
Country: French Guiana


Anchor: 150m off the N bank of the river, 400m beyond the pontoons at buoy #21 in 2.5m + tide; good holding (mud) to a single anchor (35m chain) despite regular 20-25 knot squalls. Make sure you give other yachts plenty of room though as some boats were swinging and turning in all directions during the squalls (from NE). Away from spring-tides, tides were up to 3 knots).

Free water in cans from the pontoons or tie alongside when a space is temporarily available. Fuel by jerry can, 900m from the marina dock (turn left at the crossroads before the Mairie).

Moor the dinghy on the up-river side of the seaward of the pontoon and to lock it on; some reported incidences of dinghy and outboard theft in the fisherman's dock.

Ashore: there is a fish market on the road that leads into town from the fishermen´s jetty. Further along there is a small fruit and vegetable market including a few stalls offering Surinamese spices, a small supermarket, and several restaurants. In Kourou you can find banks, supermarkets, laundry services, restaurants and bars etc.

Tours of the Space Centre need to be booked in advance. No tours the days just before or after a rocket launch.


Offers protection from wind directions

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Added by Helena Neal on 31/07/2018 04:22:29.
Last updated by Helena Neal on 07/08/2018 01:32:12.
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