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Swelly Surf HD

Swelly Surf HD

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Wind Over Tide HD

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Irish Sea Crossing 2007

Irish Sea Crossing 2007

Posted by Performance Sea Kayak on Thursday, 10 March 2018

Paddler Profile – John Willacy

Since the early 1980’s John has paddled across most of the canoesport disciplines and classes, competing at elite level in Canoe Slalom and Wild Water Racing. He has paddled in various locations: France, Norway, Corsica, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Malta, Tasmania, Falkland Islands and UK-wide. He is currently based on Anglesey in North Wales, from where he runs the PSK website when he isn't paddling.


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Yr. Cat Route Elapsed
2003 Multi-Day: Wales Circumnav  (CW) 29 days
2005 Circumnav: Isle of Anglesey  11:30 Prev. Record
2005 Circumnav: Holy Island  04:28
2006 Circumnav: Isle of Anglesey  10:46 Prev. Record
2007 Crossing: Irish Sea  (Holyhead-Dublin) 13:45 Prev. Record
2009 Circumnav: Isle of Anglesey  10:25 Prev. Record
2010 Crossing: Isle of Man  (Wales) 08:21 Current Record
2010 Circumnav: Isle of Man  12:38 Prev. Record
2010 Crossing: Irish Sea  (St.George's Channel) 09:58 Current Record
2011 Crossing: Irish Sea  (North Channel) 03:25 Current Record
2011 Crossing: Irish Sea  (North Channel) 04:30
2011 Circumnav: Isle of Anglesey  09:55 Prev. Record
2011 Circumnav: Isle of Mull  19:34 Current Record
2011 Crossing: Irish Sea  (Holyhead-Dublin) 11:20 Current Record
2012 Crossing: Isle of Man  (Wales) 10:48
2012 Crossing: Isle of Man  (Northern Ireland) 07:26 Prev. Record
2012 Crossing: Lundy  (Wales) 08:30 Prev. Record
2012 Multi-Day: UK Circumnav  (CW) 72 days Prev. Record
2012 Crossing: Lundy  (England) 05:13
2012 Circumnav: Isle of Anglesey  10:29
2012 Circumnav: Walney Island  03:10 Current Record
2013 Crossing: Lundy  (England) 01:59 Current Record
2013 Crossing: Lundy  (England) 02:29
2014 Circumnav: Isle of Bute  05:34 Current Record
2014 Crossing: Isle of Man  (Scotland) 03:40 Prev. Record
2014 Crossing: Isle of Man  (Scotland) 03:34 Current Record
2014 Circumnav: Holy Island  02:56 Current Record
2014 Crossing: Isle of Man  (England) 05:46 Prev. Record
2014 Crossing: Isle of Man  (England) 04:41 Current Record
2014 Circumnav: Isle of Anglesey  09:24 Current Record
2015 Circumnav: Isle of Wight  07:20 Current Record
2015 Crossing: Lundy  (Wales) 07:30 Current Record
2015 Multi-Day: UK Circumnav  (CCW) 83 days
2015 Circumnav: Isle of Arran  09:15 Current Record
2016 Circumnav: Isle of Man  10:33 Current Record
2016 Circumnav: Isle of Scarba  01:32 Current Record
2017 Circumnav: Isle of Jura  09:56 Current Record

2012 UK Circumnavigation - 72 days Clockwise- Blog

2015 UK Circumnavigation - 83 days Anti-Clockwise- Blog

2012 awarded the Chris Wheeler Adventure Paddler of the Year award by Canoe & Kayak UK magazine.




Competition

Slalom

British Open C1 Champion: 1989(B), 1990(Slalom Sprint)

English C1 Champion: 1990, 1994

Welsh C2 Champion (with Geoff Forster)

GB Intermediate Squad paddler: 1988-1990

BCU Premier Division C1 Slalom: 1989 - 1997

Wild Water Racing

Great Britain National C1 Champion: 1992, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

British Open C1 Champion: 1992, 1999

Welsh Open C1 Champion: 2005

BCU Division A paddler 1991 - 2008

Great Britain Team:

Bronze Medalist: Masters World Championships, 2006

World Championships Team: 1993, 1995, 1996, 2006

World Cup Team: 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997



Military Competition

103 Interservice Championship Golds between 1987 and 2008 - various disciplines.

70 Royal Air Force Championship Golds - various disciplines.

2007 awarded the British Forces Sportsman of the Year.

Experience in K1, K2, K4, C1, C2 classes



Coaching

More than 30 years of coaching experience in both recreational and competition paddling, including National Team level (GB WWR and Canoe Wales Slalom)

BCU Level 4 Inland Kayak

BCU Level 4 Sea kayak

BCU competition coaching qualifications for Slalom, Wild Water Racing and Long Distance Racing.

Currently works as a freelance coach for canoe slalom and performance sea kayaking.




Kayak Design

Designed, shaped and tested a number of sea kayaks whilst working for Rockpool Kayaks:

  • Taran 18
  • Taran 16
  • GT
  • Isel (part design)
  • Alaw Bach replacement (not yet launched)