Friday Coasteering

Friday morning coasteering has become a regular event for those members of the Jersey Canoe Club, who are free.  Today it would have been so easy to stay at home, drink coffee and eat cake, with the mist and fog coming and going, interspersed with some heavy rain.
By 9.30 I had run out of excuses so it was time to head to Beauport, one Jersey’s prettiest bays.  It was interesting to see how high the sand was, a reflection of the calmer seas of the last week or so.  The most obvious item in the bay though was part of a large private boat, which was washed up on the pebbles.  There had been a failed salvage operation this week as the authorities attempted to raise the wreck of a 62 foot private boat, that sank last month after hitting a navigational mark.
On what was a day largely without colour we headed along the west side of Beauport, a mixture of swimming and scrambling along the rocks.  We passed underneath the cliffs, which mark some of the highest jumps on the Island before reaching a section of narrow gullies.  The westerly swell was channeled through the narrow sections creating some entertaining conditions, requiring timing when entering and exiting the water.
The sea temperature was slightly below 10 degrees, and with the rather inclement weather, we limited the coasteering session to 90  minutes.  Climbing up the cliffs and heading off to find a local hostelry with a warm fire.
A pleasant way to spend the last Friday morning before Christmas.
My book “Coasteering: A Practical Guide” is still available from Amazon, for Kindle.

The first thing that we saw on the beach at Beauport was some debris from a 62 foot private boat which struck a navigation buoy in St Aubin’s Bay in November.
The large cliff along the west coast of Beauport. There are a couple of very large jumps off this cliff but they were for another day.
This photograph was taken a few years ago. It shows Chris jumping off the small nose of rock protruding from the middle of the cliff in the photograph above. The jump was about 25 metres high that particular day, which is why people don’t jump it that frequently.
What is great about this section of coast is that there is plenty of rock scrambling followed by some limited distance swims. A great combination for a Friday in December when the sea temperature is just below 10 degrees.
Jim crossing one of the gully’s to the west of Beauport. There was some movement because of the swell. Timing was pretty important.

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