Performance Sea Kayak Info
How to Submit a Time
Don't be shy...let us know the details of your adventures. The aim of the PSK site is to display the challenges that people have undertaken and, perhaps to provide a little inspiration along the way. For some, pushing for the fastest time is the aim, for others completing the challenge is reward enough. Both deserve recognition; it is about safely stretching your limits and maybe helping ideas form for others. Don't hide your time just because somebody else went a bit faster - send it in.
Of course all record claims need a corresponding GPS Track file. Any times submitted without a GPS file will be marked as 'Unverified'.
NO GPS - NO PROOF - NO TIME
Open water paddling carries very significant risks. Performance Sea Kayak do not condone or encourage open water paddling in craft not designed specifically for such purposes, or for those who do not have the neccesary skills and experience.
Records or times will only be accepted for persons paddling suitable craft. This means sea kayaks or ocean skis designed specifically for open ocean paddling which are designed to be unsinkable through the inclusion of water-tight dry compartments and bulkheads within the original design.
Submitting a Claim:
Send your time via the Contact PSK form.
For the GPS Track file - .gpx is the preferred format, but we can take .kmz (Google Earth), .mmo (Memory Map) and .tcx (Garmin) files. Background info - photos, timings, locations etc. add interest - the more info the better.
A link to a webpage such as Garmin Connect, Strava, Endomondo etc. is not sufficient however - we need the actual GPS file. You can upload this via the Contact PSK page.
The clock starts and finishes when the kayak slides on/off a realistic and useable landing place such as a beach or slipway - even (and especially) if you thinks this adds to your time. This helps standardise times rather than the vague use of harbour mouths, bays, rocks, mile long breakwaters etc.
Don't stop the clock until you can step out onto solid ground - from which you can walk away to your final destination. If you can't walk away with (fairly) dry feet then you have stopped the clock in the wrong place! Your choice of launching/landing points is an important part of the trip planning and your decision making.
The distances shown for Crossings will be 'as the crow flies' figures measured by PSK between the start and finish points of the route. These figures will be taken from Charts, OS Maps or Google Earth. Distances recorded directly by GPS will not be shown.
Any times submitted without seconds will be rounded up to the next full minute.
The clock should start/finish directly next to (no more than a couple of boat lengths from) an obvious fixed landmark such as a buoy, slipway, identifiable rock etc. If this is not possible then a precise transit mark will do. Just passing a headland or distant landmark is not acceptable. The GPS Track start/end must overlap.
Any times submitted without seconds will be rounded up to the next minute.
Multi Day Expeditions:
The clock starts on the first paddling day (this is Day 1, NOT Day 0) and continues until the final leg is completed. The elapsed time is recorded in calendar days, part paddling days are rounded up to the next full day for the total. Non-paddling days due to bad weather, work/family commitments, illness of the budgie, or any other form of time away are included in the final total.
Each leg should start from the same geographical location that the previous leg finished.
Use of any portages or any form of non-kayak transport or support craft is to be indicated.
Routing through canals or other man-made waterways should also be indicated.