It was another Sunday morning with strong westerly winds forecast so the options for our weekly paddle were limited. It was another visit to Belcroute, which is sheltered from the strong winds from the west. The winds on the day didn’t appear to be quite as strong as forecast so we were able to head across St Aubin’s Bay towards Elizabeth Castle, using the wind for quite an entertaining outgoing ride.
One advantage of living on an island is that whatever the wind direction it is always possible to find somewhere to paddle and as result of this the Jersey Canoe Club has managed to get on the water, on a Sunday morning pretty much every week since the mid-1970’s, although some weeks when it is blowing hard and the rain is falling numbers might be limited, at other times when the sun is out and winds are light we have seen over 40 kayakers on the water at times..
Jason preparing to launch at Belcroute, sheltered from the strong westerly wind which was blowing at the time.
Looking back up the beach at Belcroute. With winds like those forecast for this morning the kayaking options were limited. The Jersey Canoe Club were not the only group paddling from there today. The faster group of regular Jersey kayaker’s who paddle Taran’s had also chosen this location to leave from.
Pete just before Noirmont. The relatively calm seas don’t indicate the true wind speed as we were sheltered by Noirmont headland.
Crossing St Aubin’s Bay. The further we moved away from Noirmont the greater the impact of the wind. Due to the limited fetch sea conditions weren’t too rough.
Elizabeth Castle lies ahead. One of the finest military fortifications of Jersey.
You don’t see too many of these navigation marks around, an Isolated Danger Mark, just to the south of West Park Pool.