JERSEY: BIG TIDE WEEK


FACTS

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LEVEL: BLACK
What is my level?

++ A fantastic week for all advanced paddlers ++
++ Day trips with serious tide races, a tidal range of up to 12 m, and beautiful surfing on the west coast ++
++ If the conditions are good, possible crossings over tidal streams to offshore islands ++

COST: 1290 CHF
Excluding kayak-rent*, travel to and from the destination, accommodation and food.

*You can hire a kayak from us for 150 CHF.

Surcharge if fewer than 5 people attend: CHF 100


OUR SERVICES:

Six paddling-days

15.–20.05.2022*
Start & end: Gorey, JE

*The 14.05. and 21.05. are self-organised travel days that are not part of our services.

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SPECIAL OFFER PRICE:

Both Jersey weeks together

CHF 2200

DETAILS

    • Intro
      Jersey: a rock amidst the surging waters of the sea
      The sea around Jersey has an enormous tidal range of up to twelve metres. There is pretty much nowhere else in Europe where you can experience such huge masses of moving water as this.
      Twice a day, the combined forces of the sun and the moon fill the bay of Saint-Malo with the waters of the Atlantic, only for these waters to then start dropping again shortly afterwards. The islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Herm und Alderney, as well as the smaller archipelagos of Les Ecrehous and Les Minquiers, stand like rocks in the middle of a vast river – a river which changes direction four times every 25 hours. These natural obstacles result in the generation of wonderful tide races with standing waves and enormous eddies: perfect playgrounds for all advanced sea kayakers – as well as for all experienced whitewater kayakers who are in the mood for something new.
      Special package Jersey Tides & Rocks Camp und Big Tide Week:
      You can also book a double dose of kayaking by booking Big Tide Week together with Tides & Rocks Camp, which always takes place the week before.
      Unsure whether your experience and skills are good enough for you to join us for Big Tide Week? Then book both weeks and we'll make sure we bring you up to speed in the first week! In this case, the participation requirements which will apply when you register will be those of the “Tides & Rocks Camp” (level red).
    • Arrival
      Saturday (arrival)
      Independent travel to Jersey. Once you've found your way to our base-camp on the Jersey Accommodation and Visitors Centre, you can focus on enjoying yourself and together we'll ease ourselves into getting everything ready: setting up boats and equipment, buying supplies, cooking, drinking ale and getting to know everyone... That'll probably do for today...

      Please note that you have to choose and reserve your accommodation yourself.
    • Day 1–6
      Day 1 to day 6
      Advanced sea kayak tours in the tidal waters off Jersey - depending on the prevailing conditions. We do our detailed planning work on daily basis so that everyone can benefit from this week to the maximum.

      One thing is clear: during a "black" week, the daily programs can be a bit more challenging. We always look for the best conditions in the tideraces and rock gardens of Jersey. If the weather forecast is stable and the conditions calm, we will certainly plan crossings to the Ecrehous or even the Minquiers Islands. With the strong tidal currents during this week, even without wind and waves, these are challenging trips that require meticulous planning and precise navigation.
    • Travel back
      Saturday, travel back / assessment
      Travel back (independently organised)

      We may have another Sea kayak Leader assessment on Saturday. In this case, we invite you to paddle with us for another day for free as part of this assessment!
    • More info
      Group size: Min. four participants, max. eight.

      If required, we will be happy to provide you with the necessary paddle and safety material, consisting of a paddle, buoyancy aid and spray deck as well as a neoprene long john, shoes, paddle jacket and a helmet. Please bring your own functional underwear (wool or tight-fitting fleece, NO cotton!) And swimwear with you.

      Boat rental: If you arrive without your own boat, you can rent one of our kayaks for 150 CHF for the duration of the course.

      If you like, you can also rent a drysuit from us. Cost: CHF 150

      The kitty:
      As always, on Jersey we will also set up a kitty for meals. In fact, there will actually be two: one for food (100 GBP contribution per person) and one for alcohol (depending on how much you consume, or your best guess at it). Nobody is obliged to pay into the kitty, nor to eat together with us. But cooking and eating together after a strenuous day's paddling is just good fun, and not only does it help to strengthen our tired muscles; it also helps us to create a sense of community. Find more on this topic here.

      Weather:
      As you might expect, we can't make any guarantees in terms of weather or sea state. In order to ensure everyone's safety, our guide will decide how to carry out the planned programme locally on a daily basis, and whether to do so. As experienced sea kayakers, we know that Neptune always has the last word.

      Accident insurance is the responsibility of the participants.
      We also strongly recommend that you obtain travel cancellation insurance. Please read our GTC on the topic of cancellation fees, cancellation deadlines etc.
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    PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS:

    ++ Must be able to swim ++
    ++ At least 10 days of sea kayaking experience on the sea (unless you are a whitewater kayaker who fancies trying something new) ++
    ++ You are confident in a kayak when there are waves and you can control your boat in tight situations (between rocks etc.) ++
    ++ Starting and landing in breakers of max. 1m ++
    ++ Experience of windy conditions (4 Bft or more) and currents ++
    ++ You can do the roll (mostly) ++

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    How to get to Jersey:

    • Rail

      ++ Take the train via Paris, Rennes and St-Malo ++
      ++ From there, catch the ferry to St Helier ++
      ++ A short walk from the port of St. Helier to the Liberation Bus Station; from there by bus 2 to the stop Castle Green S. ++
      ++ A short walk up the "Mont de la Guerande" road ++

    • Road

      ++ Car: carshare from Switzerland via St-Malo ++ From there, get the Condor Ferries car ferry to St Helier ++
      ++ Drive eastwards from St. Helier (Gorey) ++
      ++ Drive through Gorey towards St. Martin's Village ++
      ++ At "La Ruette de Faldouet" turn sharply right and continue to JAAC ++

    • Aeroplane

      ++ Flights from London Gatwick (EasyJet, British Airways) ++
      ++ Direct flights from Zurich with Blue Island ++

      ++ At the airport, catch the bus to Liberation Bus Station, from there change to bus 2 to the stop Castle Green S. ++
      ++ A short walk up the "Mont de la Guerande" road ++

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