I can never understand people who actually select a non window seat when flying because, without doubt, the best onboard entertainment is found from looking out of the window. Frequently the flights pass over some of the more classic paddling destinations, so the advice would be to always keep your camera at the ready. You are unlikely to be disappointed. These are a few aerial photos that I have taken in the last few years.
An early morning departure from Heathrow gave superb views of London. The Isle of Dogs is clearly visible and the more eagle eyed will be able to find the location of Shadwell Basin, where we were paddling last weekend.
Lihou is a small island off the west coast of Guernsey, where we have passed many a happy weekend. This was taken in the aftermath of a February storm, hence the swell breaking on the north and west coasts. We are there this weekend but the forecast is for much calmer conditions.
Brecqhou, off the west coast of Sark. The narrow channel is the Gouliot Passage, where the tidal streams can reach 7 knots on springs. A very entertaining location.
Just after take off from Ilulissat in Greenland and before the plane turns to the west and the south. These waters had been much more ice choked when we had paddled south a couple of days earlier.
Approaching the Isle of Wight. The entrance to the River Medina at Cowes is clearly visible. Calshot is largely obscured by the bank of cloud. This picture was taken when heading south towards Jersey
Heading north from Jersey you have a different perspective from the Isle of Wight. We are just to the east of the island looking down Southampton Water. Portsmouth Harbour is visible in the middle of the picture, whilst Langstone Harbour is to the right.
Alderney is the most northerly of the Channel Islands and the closest to France. The harbour at Braye is clearly visible, whilst the small island is Burhou, a fascinating bird colony. Between Alderney and Burhou is the Swinge, with tidal streams of 7 knots, whilst on the other side of the island is the famous Alderney Race, where speeds can reach 8-9 knots in places.
Bonne Nuit bay on the north coast of Jersey, a popular place for the start of kayaking trips. In the middle of the bay Cheval Rock is clearly visible.
Departing from Jersey in a westerly direction, the cliffs at L’Etacq are exposed to the Atlantic swell.
Flying out of Milos in Greece, after what would have been another great weeks sea kayaking. We are looking across to the summit of Mount Profitis Elias 748 metres (2,454 feet) high. On one particularly windy day we did walk to the summit, from which we were able to see some of the finest sea kayaking destinations anywhere.