It has been a while since I posted some images taken from the aircraft window, the last few months has seen some pretty turbulent flights so I haven’t managed to get too many pictures. Below are a selection of some of those I have taken over the last few years, generally illustrating some superb sea kayaking waters. Remember the best entertainment on a flight is the view out of the window so keep your camera handy.
The Cherbourg Peninsula, seen whilst flying north. The infamous Alderney Races separates this tip of France from the most northerly of the Channel Islands. Very challenging waters best visited for the first time on neap tides.
Approaching Athens, landing in Athens is always exciting because it has inevitably resulted in some superb sea kayaking.
Looking back towards Bonne Nuit, on the north coast of Jersey. This was a particularly memorable flight as I had been running a course for the local Air Training Cadets, which resulted in a flight around Jersey in a Hercules. Very memorable
These are the Casquets, a wild group of rocks with an unusual lighthouse about 8 miles west of Alderney. As we were flying at about 18,000 feet it gives an idea of the size of the waves. August 1989 was the only time that conditions came together to allow me to paddle out to this remote outpost of the Channel Islands.
Cap Vani, the north west corner of Milos, in the Greek Islands. Always great sea kayaking. Contact Rod at Sea Kayak Milos for a superb trip.
The Ecrehous, the shingle bank of this memorable reef is clearly visible. Any sea kayaker visiting Jersey should aim to visit this delightful offshore reef.
The north western corner of the Nuussuaq Peninsula on the northern side of Disko Bay. A small piece of land can just be seen jutting into the ice. This is the village of Niaqornat. The 2013 film “Village at the end of World” was made here and is well worth watching. I visited the village in 2012.
The entrance to the harbour at Portsmouth. From this height it is not obvious just how busy the waterways are in this area.
Last Thursday morning as we passed over the Isle of Wight the Dorset coast was just about visible. I have spent some great weekends kayaking along this coast with Portsmouth Canoe Club in the last few years. Although not great views it seemed to be the first time for months that anything at all had been visible from the aircraft window.