Get out and Paddle...
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.
|1||Conwy Ascent||27-May-17||Conwy Morfa, Gwynedd|
|2||Colwyn Bay Blast||03-Jun-17||Port Eirias, Colwyn Bay|
|3||Ocean to City Race - An Rás Mór||10-Jun-17||Cork Harbour|
|4||Coquet Island||18-Jun-17||Amble, Northumberland|
|5||Seaquest - Ravenglass||25-Jun-17||Ravenglass, Cumbria|
|6||Hilbre Island Race||25-Jun-17||Dee Sailing club (CH61 0HN)|
|7||Mawddach Paddlesports Festival||16-Jul-17||Barmouth|
|8||Jersey Round Island Challenge||12-Aug-17||St Helier(?) Jersey|
|9||Great Cumbrae Sea Kayak Race||12-Aug-17||sportscotland Centre, Great Cumbrae|
|10||Poole Harbour Canoe Race||10-Sep-17||Poole Harbour, Dorset|
|1||Conwy Ascent||27-May-17||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.|
|2||Colwyn Bay Blast||03-Jun-17||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 firstname.lastname@example.org Results & prize giving on the beach (sunshine) or in the boat store in Porth Eirias (rain)."|
|3||Ocean to City Race - An Rás Mór||10-Jun-17||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||Coquet Island||18-Jun-17||Amble, Northumberland||Round the Island Race - A friendly mass start race from Amble Harbour around Coquet Island and back - 5.5 miles|
|5||Seaquest - Ravenglass||25-Jun-17||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.|
|6||Hilbre Island Race||25-Jun-17||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/"|
|7||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."|
|8||Jersey Round Island Challenge||12-Aug-17||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."|
|9||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."|
|10||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."|
|1||Oban Sea Kayak Race||27-Aug-16||Oban||From the Organiser: "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.|
|2||Lismore Kayak Challenge||28-May-16||Oban||This sea kayak challenge starts from Ganavan Sands, Oban - it heads out to Lismore Lighthouse and then back to Ganavan Sands. The lighthouse is positioned at the most southerly tip of the beautiful island of Lismore on the Firth of Lorn. The total distance from Ganavan, around the lighthouse and back is 18km of open sea - conditions can be very intimidating. Ganavan has ample parking and toilet facilities a few metres from the beach. 13:00 start.|
|3||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'.|
|4||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 "|
|5||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.|
|6||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|
|7||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.|