The Paternoster’s are a wild reef nearly 3 miles off the north coast of Jersey which is always an interesting place to visit. Sunday morning’s forecast couldn’t have been more co-operative with a light southerly breeze to blow us out and then dropping off, with the sun coming out.
It was a slightly longer Sunday morning paddle for the Jersey Canoe Club than usual and it did involve taking sandwiches but it was well worth the effort. It is strange that we were only out for 5 hours in total but after a visit to the Paternoster’s you always feel as if you have had a break from the island.
The Paternosters are just visible, with Sark on the horizon beyond
Nicky and Kate leaving the north coast. Sorel lighthouse is just visible on the headland behind the kayaks.
Just approaching Great Rock from the north, landing would probably have been impossible an hour earlier due to the swell but the ebbing tide had produced some relatively sheltered areas in the reef.
Looking south west from the summit of Great Rock. Grosnez is the obvious headland behind. There is a great jump into the sea from just near here but with the temperatures that we were experiencing it was sensible to remain dry.
The view north. Sark is visible on the horizon. We had great memories of a delightful paddle back from Sark earlier in the summer.
Paul crossing one of the tidal flows, which contribute to making paddling at the Paternoster’s so entertaining. We were going to use some of the flow from this current to head towards Plemont headland before following the coast back to Greve de Lecq.