Anglesey Ocean Kayak Race

Events Calendar

Sea kayak racing is becoming ever more popular as paddlers look to push themselves further and harder whilst they pit their wits against the opposition and the environment. There are many events scattered around the UK coastline, some are easy going events and some are hardcore challenges - take your pick.
The variety of boats and paddlers that take part is always impressive, from all out racers to open canadians with the kids and the dog thrown in. These events are as serious or as fun as you make them - but always friendly.
Further Event Details can be found in the 'Resources' section.
Image: Anglesey Ocean Race 2011 (Sharon Webb)

Snowdonia Watersports 18-Jul-2018

Events Calendar

2018/2019 - Upcoming Events

Event Date Location
1 Irish Coast Paddling Championships 22-Sep-18 Greystones South Beach, Co. Wicklow
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2018/2019 - Events Details

Event Date Location Info:
1 Seaquest - Ravenglass

29-Apr-18 Ravenglass, Cumbria Ravenglass Seaquest is a navigation event on the three beautiful estuaries of the rivers Esk, Irt and Mite at Ravenglass. Competitors, in canoes or kayaks, teams or solo, visit as many control points as they can in the time limit of 3 hours. Orienteering! Only on water... An event for everyone, take your time and enjoy lunch alongside the Esk, or set yourself a challenge and join the competitive racers. After the race, prize-giving and refreshments will be in the Ratty Arms, behind the main car park in the village.
2 The Royal Welsh Challenge

POSTPONED (Was 19th May) -- Caernarfon, Gwynedd *** POSTPONED - Unfortunately due to the situation at Holyhead a series of races for Offshore power boats has now been scheduled for the weekend 18.20th May. So we have decided to postpone our event as the racing will mean 'closure' of the Menai Strait for up to an hour at a time. *** "In the spirit of the Three Peaks Race, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to undertake Nautical Orienteering in the sheltered waters of the Menai Strait between Belan Narrows and Britannia Bridge. Using your nautical skills you will need to deliver your ‘runner’ safely to the shore so they can collect the various orienteering marks. The “marks” will not be more than 25 metres from High Water Springs (HWS). You can choose to enter in any class of seaworthy craft (see entry form). On the morning of the event you will be given your ‘sealed orders’ at 9.00am. The crews will then be able to plan their tidal strategy before the start at 11.00." - RWYC
3 Ocean to City Race - An Rás Mór

02-Jun-18 Cork Harbour "Ocean to City - An Rás Mór is Ireland's very own long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants annually. Now in its tenth year, it has grown from its origin as a race for traditional fixed-seat boats into an all-inclusive rowing event, embracing everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks and canoes. It takes place in Cork Harbour; one of the largest natural harbours in the world. An Rás Mór (''The Big Race'') includes races over four distances up to 15 nautical miles (28 km) all finishing to a warm welcome in Cork's city centre."
4 Colwyn Bay Blast

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02-Jun-18 Port Eirias, Colwyn Bay From the website: "13km race open to surf skis, sea kayaks, OC’s, and a shorter course open to SUPs. Running from Porth Eirias Watersports Centre, Colwyn Bay (see map below), there is ample parking, changing facilities, showers & onsite restaurant café & bar. Registration 09:00-10:00, race start 11:00. The entry fee is just £15. Entry is limited to the first 40 initially. For more information please email mark@colwynbaywatersports.co.uk Results & prize giving on the beach (sunshine) or in the boat store in Porth Eirias (rain)."
5 Coquet Island

10-Jun-18 Amble, Northumberland Round the Island Race - A friendly mass start race from Amble Harbour around Coquet Island and back - 5.5 miles
6 Conwy Ascent

16-Jun-18 Conwy Morfa, Gwynedd A long-standing classic. Both a race and a tour with a Le-Mans style start. Starts from the mouth of the River Conwy and heads with the flood tide up river to Dolgarrog Bridge.
7 Jersey Round Island Challenge

14-Jul-18 St Helier(?) Jersey From the website:" In 2016 approximately 150 people took on the inaugural challenge and either Swam, Canoe/Kayaked, Rowed, SUP’ed or Ran around the stunning Island of Jersey. In doing so they not only took on a massive challenge but also took on one of the highest tidal ranges in the world! So impressive is the challenge that Red Bull UK listed the event as one of the top 11 extreme UK fitness challenges in 2016! The purpose of this exciting endurance event is to raise awareness and valuable funds for the Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, a local charity that supports families in Jersey with sick children needing treatment in the UK. In 2016 participants helped us raise an unbelievable £25,000 for the charity."
8 Hilbre Island Race

15-Jul-18 Dee Sailing club (CH61 0HN) From LCC: "Hilbre Island is the largest of a group of three islands at the mouth of the estuary of the River Dee and lies about 1.6 km from Red Rocks on the Wirral Peninsula. The main Hilbre Island Race goes clockwise around all three islands (13km) while a shorter race for General Purpose and touring boats goes clockwise around the Little Eye (9km). A novice and junior course (4km) to West Kirby will also be available. START TIME 1000 with a beach (Le Mans style) mass start from a seeded start line. Prize giving and BBQ after the event. Pre-enter required online http://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/hilbre/"
9 Irish Coast Paddling Championships

22-Sep-18 Greystones South Beach, Co. Wicklow From the website: "The Irish Coast Paddling Championships is Ireland's first international Surfski, SUP, Kayak and Ocean Canoe race. Based just south of the nations capital it will provide a 20km sea course along the coast of counties Dublin and Wicklow. With a prize fund of €50,000 and cash prizes for well supported elite classes, a large international field of competitors is expected." From the entry page: "ICPC Race Details. The ICPC will consist of 2 Courses over different distances, Championship/Long (20-25km) and Support/Short(10-15km), with multiple classes in each class to include Surf Ski (SS), Sea Kayak (SK), Outrigger Canoe (OC) and Stand up Paddling (SuP). Entry fee will be €60 early bird, €90 standard entry and €120 late entry. "


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1 Poole Harbour Canoe Race 10-Sep-17 Poole Harbour, Dorset From the website:"The ‘Poole Harbour Race’ is a race around the harbour with a choice of 4, 8 or 15 miles. All races start from a sandy beach on the edge of the harbour. The two longer courses both go round Brownsea Island whilst the short course runs along the shoreline towards Poole and then turns to pass the beach from which we started after approximately 2 miles - before heading on towards Rockley - and then finally returning to finish at the starting point. Any boat is welcome K1, K2, Ski, Sea kayak (classic and racing), Wavehopper, WWR, C1, C2, OC1, Canadian, General purpose or 6 man Hawaiian canoe. All ages and abilities welcome. The format features a “Le-Mans” style start from the beach at Lake Pier, Poole, BH15 4LR (for Sat Nav users). Burgers, cakes and tea for competitors are included on your return - and Pre-race Bacon Rolls are available too. Check in from 9:30 - Race briefing at 11:00 The entry form document is down-loadable here on our club website."
2 Oban Sea Kayak Race 26-Aug-17 Oban From the Organiser: "The 2017 Oban Sea Kayak Race takes place on Saturday 26th August 2017 (UK Summer Bank Holiday weekend excl Scotland) with a 1pm start. The race is for single and double touring sea kayaks, sea kayak teams and performance and fast kayak race categories including ocean surf skis. Covering a distance of 20km, the paddlers circumnavigated the beautiful and rugged Island of Kerrera, beginning and ending at Oban on Scotland's beautiful west coast. It's a demanding route, through remote and exposed waters, but one that makes for a memorable and fun event." 13:00 start - 2016 will be the 7th year of this race.
3 Great Cumbrae Sea Kayak Race 12-Aug-17 sportscotland Centre, Great Cumbrae From the website: "Following the HUGE success of both the 2015 and 2016 races, the Centre is preparing for another ‘Great Cumbrae Kayak Race’, due to take place on Saturday 12th August 2017. Again, there will be a race ‘around the island’, as well as a shortened course for Junior competitors. The race is open to any canoe kayak including sea kayak, sit on top, racing ski, stand up paddle board."
4 Mawddach Paddlesports Festival 16-Jul-17 Barmouth "This is an Exciting Weekend Paddlesport Event for all the Family with something for everyone. Based in the holiday Resort of Barmouth and held on The Magnificent Mawddach Estuary in Southern Snowdonia. Various events over the weekend within the spectacular Mawddach Estuary, including: a rafted canoe race, a 10km Mawddach Ascent Race, a 20km Mawddach Ascent Race, a 10km Guided Paddle and BBQ."
5 The Forth Challenge 2017 10-Jun-17 Port Edgar Marina "The race is June 10th this year and has run two years previously. All the details are on Facebook on a public event page "The Forth Challenge 2017". Port Edgar Marina to Inchcolm Island and back. Closed cockpit kayaks 15ft and over, and ocean ski."
6 Lismore Kayak Challenge 2017 - POSTPONED Oban POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE -- Now in its 4th year. To the Lighthouse and Back! Saturday 27th May 2017 1pm (UK Spring Bank Holiday weekend)18km of adrenaline from Ganavan Beach out to Lismore Lighthouse and back! - the Lismore Kayak Challenge. The race starts at Ganavan Sands (just north of Oban town) and goes out to the iconic Stevenson built lighthouse on Eilean Musdile at the southern tip of the island of Lismore....and back. As with August's Oban Sea Kayak Race, funds raised from the Lismore Kayak Challenge are to support Oban Lifeboat.
7 Eddystone Challenge 04-Jul-15 Plymouth ** 2014 Race is on - 28th June, 12 noon start - Follow Link to Mayflower Website ** A 40 km offshore rowing / sea kayak race from Plymouth Hoe to Eddystone Lighthouse and back - a real bruiser! A good opportunity to paddle out to 'The Light'.
8 Loch Shiel Viking Challenge 29/30-Mar-14 Fort William Billed as: " A series of races for performance + touring kayaks. To extend the challenge, using chip telemetry wristbands, competitors will clock in to a series of waypoints to test not only paddling but navigation skills providing us with accurate timing and progress location producing an exciting and challenging course for experienced paddlers "
9 Seaquest - Fleetwood 15-Sep-12 Fleetwood, Lancashire The original Seaquest; a mass-start orienteering fun event open to all. A 22 km Race course and 15 km Tour course both involving checkpoints within the tidal stretches of the River Wyre. Raises funds for Leukemia Busters Charity.
10 Swellies-Extreme Sea Kayak Race 21-Jul-12 Menai Straits, Anglesey The Swellies-Extreme sea kayak slalom race weekend! A Swellies time trial, a mass start race and a Sea Kayak Boater-X - should be fun
11 Anglesey Ocean Kayak Race 20-May-12 Anglesey A challenging mass start kayak race on the Isle of Anglesey where competitors will paddle between 20km and 30km. The race is aimed at a range of sea kayak disciplines including double sea kayaks, single sea kayaks and ocean surf skis.

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