Not surprisingly it was another grey morning, where has the sun gone this month? In contrast to the last few days the wind had swung around to the north west but the temperature was still struggling to rise above 2 degrees. In these conditions Ouaisne offered the most interesting kayaking conditions for the Jersey Canoe Club Sunday morning session.
Between Pt le Fret and Portelet the cliffs are fairly steep and some have been developed for rock climbing. Today there were two Peregrines soaring above the headland. Always a spectacular sight.
Portelet Bay has its small island, Ile au Guerdain, often referred to, inaccurately, as Janvrin’s Tomb. Philippe Janvrin, a St Brelade’s sea captain, had been dead for ninety years when the tower was built, although it is true to say that he was initially buried here as his body was not allowed to be brought ashore.
Les Fours Buoy with Noirmont headland behind. It is off the south coast of Jersey and all maritime traffic heading towards St Helier passes between the buoy and the headland behind. If you didn’t know your cardinal marks you could be caught out here.
Some of the Jersey Canoe Club group around Les Fours Buoy with the south west coast of the island behind.
Noirmont Tower which serves as a lighthouse, with a visible range of 13 miles. Construction was started in 1810 and finished 4 years later, part of extensive fortifications to help defend the island from French invasion. It is rare that sea conditions, in this area, are as calm as they were today