Sea Kayaking to the Paternosters Again

It has been a while since I posted on the site, the aim of a photograph everyday, went out of the window due to changing personal circumstances, but it is probably an opportune time to start to post again.
Today’s paddle was to the Paternosters, a reef off the north coast of Jersey, which is popular at times with kayakers, but is rarely visited by other boat owners, as landing would be almost impossible.
on today’s large spring tide there was a significant amount of exposed rock but Tuesday mornings tide is another 0.6 metres lower.  With a 03.27 low water , I think that it is true to say that nobody will be on the reef to witness how much of it is exposed.
For those of us from the Jersey Canoe Club who went on the paddle it was a great couple of hours on the water.

Nicky arriving at the Paternosters.  Heading west from Bonne Nuit we made full use of the ebbing spring tide, most of the time we were averaging about 6 knots.
 Looking back towards the north west corner of Jersey.  Standing here is probably one of the most isolated locations in the Baliwick of Jersey
 A merry band of paddlers.  For a couple of the group it was their first visit to this reef off the north coast of Jersey.
 Looking north towards Sark, an excellent paddling destination in its own right.
 Leaving the reef towards the north coast of Jersey, we were planning to use the east flowing tide in close to propel us back to Bonne Nuit.
This isn’t an image to show that industry occurs around the coast of but rather the scene of environmental success.  In the sheds of the quarry a pair of chough’s bred, for the first time in Jersey for approximately 100 years.  Sadly we didn’t see them today.

A Paternoster Sunday

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.