Sunday, October 05, 2014

A Bonne Nuit Sunday

Bonne Nuit was the venue for today's sea kayaking with Jersey Canoe Club.  It is always an issue which way to head, to the east lies Belle Hougue, with its entertaining tide race whilst the coast to the west has a number of interesting physical features.  Today felt like a day for geography so we headed west in the bright October sunshine.
 One of the convenient aspects of paddling from Bonne Nuit is that even at low tide it is a pretty short carry.
 A rather faded plaque on the habour wall was unveiled by Chay Blyth in 1991 to commemorate the 25th running of the Sark to Jersey rowing race.  This annual fixture in Jersey's sporting calendar finishes at Bonne Nuit.
 Although the cliffs aren't totally vertical the slopes are steep providing a spectacular backdrop to the kayaking.
 There are plenty of small channels to explore but the swell was arriving in sets, at times catching people unaware.
 A quick swim was followed by the emptying out offshore.
 Rock type certainly influences scenery.  The dark rock to the left is part of the St John Rhyolite formation whilst the red of the granite is clearly visible to the right.
 Approaching to workings of Ronez Quarry.  The old pier structures are to the right.  Ships no longer weave their way through the offshore rocks to collect their cargo of stone.
 John paddling close to the rocks off Sorel headland, the most northerly point of Jersey.
 Jim approaching Le Mourier Valley.  An isolated section of the north coast.
 Looking into Devil's Hole.  Although a tourist attraction on the north coast, very few people see it from this perspective.
 Heading back towards Bonne Nuit.  Belle Hougue is in the distance but we will be turning right just past the first headland to return to Bonne Nuit.  With SE Force 7-8 forecast for later it was an opportunity grasped.

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