Crossing The Solent

The weather in UK in March 2012 was unusually hot and sunny.  The Jump4Heroes team had recently added paramotoring to their range of flight capabilities and, having recently been training hard with the paramotors, couldn't pass up the opportunity that the weather presented.

After pouring over aviation maps and lots of internet research a plan was formed; cross from mainland UK, fly out over the sea and on to the Isle of Wight, along with former soldier Chris Gray.  Always up for the challenge the decision was add a bit more spice to activity, as if crossing the sea wasn't enough!  So why not buzz around the Needles, the western extremity of the Island consisting of three distinctive stacks of chalk that literally rise right out of the sea and are one of the wonders of UK.  Then cruise some of the most beautiful coastline we've ever seen before returning to the mainland and cruise the beaches and the sea, waving to the crowds and gaining some great awareness for The Royal British Legion- after all, their logo is strewn across the 28 metre wing.  

So that's what we did.

You can read about it in the article on LegionLive here or look at the pictures below.  Just click on them for a larger image and then use the cursor to scroll through them.  Many thanks to Chris Gray for the stunning images.

Crossing the Isle of Wight Solent by poppy paramotor Flying the poppy parameter around the Needles off the coast of the Isle of Wight. Cruising the coast of the Isle of Wight on the poppy paramotor Cruising the south coast of the Isle of Wight by poppy paramotor Cruising the coast of the Isle of Wight on the poppy paramotor Cruising the coast of the Isle of Wight on the poppy paramotor Cruising the coast of the Isle of Wight on the poppy paramotor Flying over the Isle of Wight on the poppy paramotor Cruising past the Needles on the south west tip of the Isle of Wight coast on the poppy paramotor Crossing the Solent- the sea between the mainland and the Isle of Wight, by poppy paramotor Cruising past the Needles on the south west tip of the Isle of Wight coast on the poppy paramotor Cruising past the Needles on the south west tip of the Isle of Wight coast on the poppy paramotor Cruising back along the mainland coast after flying the poppy paramotor out over the Solent and buzzing the Needles on the Isle of Wight. Cruising back along the mainland coast after flying the poppy paramotor out over the Solent and buzzing the Needles on the Isle of Wight.