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Circumnavigations

There's something 'tidy' about a circumnavigation; it's satisfying to see your start point come into view once more, knowing you've covered the distance entirely under your own steam.

There are a many islands dotted around the UK coastline that provide an obvious appeal to sea kayakers. There are some that provide a 'because it's there' challenge, an achievement just to complete the distance. And there are others that provide a draw for those looking to beat the tides with an eye on the clock. There are a good number that seem almost to have been purpose built for a sub-24 hr challenge - Anglesey, Isle of Man, Isle of Mull and Isle of Wight being the more popular and the more challenging.

The challenge of the circumnavigation revolves mainly around using the tides to the optimum as the distance often dictates paddling over more than one tide phase. When you combine the complicated tidal flows with committing coastlines, open crossings and tide race/overfalls it can take some serious planning along with some demanding paddling to complete a circumnav.

  • Achill Island
  • Anglesey
  • Arran
  • Bute
  • Hayling Island
  • Holy Island
  • Jura
  • Isle of Man
  • Mull
  • Scarba
  • Skye
  • Isle of Wight
  • Walney Island
  • Walney Island
  • Time Trial Islands
  • News*

    10-Sep-19
    Updates to the PSK Archive/Library
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    05-Sep-19
    Llyn Padarn TT - Dates for new season up
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    02-Sep-19
    Andrew Corner and Lyndsay McPhee complete the Lower Bann Trail
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    29-Aug-19
    Ed Loffill completes a solo circumnav of Mull, Iona and Treshnish
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    26-Aug-19
    Pascale Eichenmuller + John Willacy circumnav Holy Island - 03:29
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    25-Aug-19
    Bryan Dickinson and Jenny Wong complete the Bardsey Island TT in 48:21
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    25-Aug-19
    Clare Sharp improves her Llyn Padarn TT Open Time - 27:28
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    24-Aug-19
    Dave Cutts + Kathy Webb (Team Gen X) add a new time to the Pen 2 Puffin TT, and the 1hr Distance Challenge
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    23-Aug-19
    Tom Thorpe completes his circumnav of Ireland - 26 days
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    23-Aug-19
    Jim Wallis also adds his first entries to the PSK Distance Challenge - 1hr
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    20-Aug-19
    Pascale Eichenmuller adds her first entry to the PSK Distance Challenge - 1hr
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    20-Aug-19
    Lizzie Garnett and Mark Rainsley paddle John O'Groats to Muckle Flugga
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    16-Aug-19
    Philip Plume completes a SUP IOW Circumnav - 14:25 tbc
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    14-Aug-19
    Peter Eichenmuller adds his first entry to the PSK Distance Challenge, and takes the 'Furthest from Anglesey' prize.
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    12-Aug-19
    News Summary page added
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    12-Aug-19
    Tim Wiggins completes an IOW Circumnav - 11:54 tbc
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    07-Aug-19
    Chris Thorne adds a SUP time to the Llyn Padarn TT - 33:10
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    06-Aug-19
    Kathy Webb + Lorenzo Cutts add times to the Llyn Padarn TT - 35:37 + 36:07
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    05-Aug-19
    James Pigdon adds his first entry to the PSK Distance Challenge
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    03-Aug-19
    Norbert Ziobr, Petr Major and Nick Arding circumnavigate Anglesey - Team Record
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    02-Aug-19
    John Willacy adds a circumnav of Achill Island - 06:29
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    01-Aug-19
    David Horkan adds a new circumnav of Achill Island - 06:20 - Record
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    29-Jul-19
    Jim Swift completes a circumnav or Ireland by paddleboard - 38 days
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    29-Jul-19
    Pascale Eichenmuller adds a time to the Menai Challenge - Challenge course
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    28-Jul-19
    Dropseat Adventure complete their circumnav of Ireland - 55 days
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    20-Jul-19
    Steven Whipp completes the Distance Challenge - 41.6 km
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    17-Jul-19
    Dimitri Vandepoele completes his first Distance Challenge run - 30.2 km
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    15-Jul-19
    Andy Murphy completes LEJOG - 91 days
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    07-Jul-19
    Rich Griffiths Hughes completes the Menai Ultimate
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    07-Jul-19
    New time added to the PSK Distance Challenge
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    06-Jul-19
    Pascale Eichenmuller adds a PB to the Parochial Puffin Island Loop
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    06-Jul-19
    A few more times added to the Puffin Island Loop
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    05-Jul-19
    Team Gen X add a run to the 3 hr Distance Challenge
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    29-Jun-19
    Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy add a team run to the 3 hr Distance Challenge.
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    29-Jun-19
    Dave Cutts and Kathy Webb add their first run of the ANglesey Masters Challenge
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    25-Jun-19
    Details added of a 1993 Scillies Crossing - Chamberlin, Copestake, Nelson and Oldrini
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    20-Jun-19
    Steve Miles revisits the Menai Challenge with a 52:26 for the Challenge Course
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    18-Jun-19
    Dave Cutts and Kathy Webb add more times to the Llyn Padarn Open list
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    04-Jun-19
    Rob Burgess,Ritchie Diaper and David Simpson complete their Ireland Circumnav - 52 days
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    27-May-19
    Body Pemberton crosses from Falmouth to Brittany
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    26-May-19
    John Willacy completes a circumnav of Wales - 15 days
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    24-May-19
    Paul Williams also adds his first time to the Llyn Padarn Open list
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    23-May-19
    Dave Cutts, Pascale E and Kathy Webb add times to the Llyn Padarn Open list
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    18-May-19
    Volker Gartner paddles the River Rhein to place himself on the top of the Distance Challenge table.
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    07-May-19
    Clare Sharp adds her first time to the Llyn P Open List
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    06-May-19
    Dropseat Adventure added to In-Progress page
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    02-May-19
    Dave Cutts continues with his monthly Menai Challenge
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    01-May-19
    Open Run Times now displayed for Llyn P TT course.
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    23-Apr-19
    Steven Whipp adds a 9km to the 1hr Distance Challenge and 25km to the 3hr
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    22-Apr-19
    John Willacy adds a time to the Anglesey Masters - Beacon Course
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    20-Apr-19
    John Willacy adds a time to the Anglesey Masters - Skerries Course
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    20-Apr-19
    Pascale Eichenmuller adds a PB to the Menai Challenge
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    19-Apr-19
    Dave Cutts adds his first time to the Anglesey Masters
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    18-Apr-19
    Frank Harradence is the first to complete all 3 distance's on the Distance Challenge
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    11-Apr-19
    Frank Harradence adds the first 5hr paddle to take top place on the Distance Challenge board
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    08-Apr-19
    Pascale Eichenmuller + John Willacy complete the Anglesey Masters (Team)
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    08-Apr-19
    Dave Cutts adds his April time to the Menai Challenge
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    04-Apr-19
    Frank Harradence adds the first English entry to the PSK Distance Challenge
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    28-Mar-19
    Dave Cutts adds two new times to the Menai Challenge - both courses
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    26-Mar-19
    New entries added to the PSK Distance Challenge
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    16-Mar-19
    Chris Thorne is the first to add a distance to the PSK Distance Challenge
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    12-Mar-19
    A new challenge paddle is added - the PSK Distance Challenge
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    08-Mar-19
    Pascale Eichenmuller adds a MC time.
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    06-Mar-19
    Llyn Padarn TT February results up
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    25-Feb-19
    Frank Harradence adds a time to the Scolt Head Island TT: 02:01
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    25-Feb-19
    Dave Cutts adds another time to the Pen2Puffin TT - 02:04
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    19-Feb-19
    PSK Archive - Swelly Surf Guide update
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    11-Feb-19
    Dave Cutts adds yet another time to the Menai Challenge: 63:26
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    04-Feb-19
    Llyn Padarn TT results pages refurbished
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    28-Jan-19
    Dave Cutts adds yet another time to the Menai Challenge: 62:02
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    27-Jan-19
    1992 St Kilda Crossing by Adrian Tyrrell added
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    25-Jan-19
    Dave Cutts adds another time to the Menai Challenge: 69:02
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    21-Jan-19
    Steve Miles' completes another Menai Challenge time 69:22 for a 10.0m tide
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    21-Jan-19
    Steve Miles' Menai Challenge time 65:49 (03/01/19) added
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    16-Jan-19
    Llyn Padarn TT - PB List and All Run Times back again
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    15-Jan-19
    Jonny Eldridge adds another PB to the Menai Challenge: 46:17 - Challenge Course
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    14-Jan-19
    Dave Cutts adds another PB to the Menai Challenge: 64:35
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    11-Jan-19
    Jonny Eldridge adds his first time of 2019 to the Menai Challenge: 58:56
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    10-Jan-19
    Swelly Surf Guide: Part 2 added to the PSK Archive
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    09-Jan-19
    Jenny Wong adds a Menai Challenge time - a PB for Jenny: 69:38
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    03-Jan-19
    Llyn Padarn TT times updated
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    02-Jan-19
    Dave Cutts adds a new time to the Menai Challenge Legacy - 65:19 PB
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    02-Jan-19
    Chris Thorne adds a new time to the Menai Challenge Legacy - 67:18 PB
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    02-Jan-19
    Steve Miles adds another run to the Ang Masters - Skerries 01:46
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    24-Dec-18
    Pascale Eichenmuller, Rich Griffiths Hughes and John Willacy add new times to the Menai Challenge Legacy
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    21-Nov-18
    John Willacy adds a run to the Ang Masters - Skerries 1:36
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    21-Nov-18
    Dave Cutts adds a new time to the Menai Challenge Legacy - 69:28
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    12-Nov-18
    Llyn Padarn TT times for 2018 updated
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    19-Oct-18
    Joe Langham and Joe Leach make a fast crossing to Lundy - 02:19
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    13-Oct-18
    Finn Burnham completes a circumnavigation of Wales- 43 days
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    10-Oct-18
    Dave Cutts adds a new time to the Menai Challenge Legacy - 71:49
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    28-Sep-18
    Dave Cutts adds a further time to the Pen2Puffin TT - 02:23:37
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    22-Sep-18
    Jenny Wong and Bryan Dickinson add times to the Menai Challenge Legacy
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    12-Sep-18
    Dave Cutts adds a time to the Menai Challenge Legacy - 69:36
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    02-Aug-18
    Jens Fenne and Edmund Hinze also complete a North Sea Crossing
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    01-Aug-18
    Dimitri Vandepoele completes a 2nd North Sea crossing
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    21-Jul-18
    Jonny Eldridge posts the fastest time for the Anglesey Masters - Skerries course
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    21-Jul-18
    Dave Cutts + Kathy Webb complete the Puffin TT
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    14-Jul-18
    Petr Major completes a circumnav of Ireland - 45 days
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    07-Jul-18
    Rob Townsend completes the Malltraeth Madness - 03:12 (SUP)
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    05-Jul-18
    Frank Harradence improves on his Scotl Head TT time - 01:54
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    Recent Records*

    26-Aug-19
    Holy Island Circumnav - Team
    Pascale Eichenmuller, John Willacy
    03:29:57
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    03-Aug-19
    Anglesey Circumnav - Team
    Nick Arding, Petr Major, Norbert Ziobr
    12:57:37
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    01-Aug-19
    Achill Island Circumnav
    David Horkan
    06:20:29
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    19-Oct-18
    Isle of Lundy Crossing - Team
    Joe Langham, Joe Leach
    02:19:02
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    30-Aug-17
    North Channel Crossing - Team
    Jessie Brown, Will Brown
    03:54:29
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    05-Jul-17
    Islay Circumnav
    Norbert Ziobr
    18:54:02
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    04-Jun-17
    North Channel Team
    Will Brown, Gary McClure
    04:25:02
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    25-Mar-17
    Jura Circumnav
    John Willacy
    09:55:40
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    11-Oct-16
    Scarba Circumnav
    John Willacy
    01:32:05
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    24-Aug-16
    Isle of Man Circumnav
    John Willacy
    10:32:58
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    18-Jun-16
    North Channel - Team
    Cathal Bagnall, Catriona Woods
    05:30:32
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    11-Jun-16
    Bute Circumnav - Team
    Richard Peevor, Kamala Sen
    08:30:00
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    29-May-16
    Infinity Loop
    Norbert Ziobr
    18:02;39
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    17-Mar-16
    Jura Circumnav
    Norbert Ziobr
    14:52:00
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    13-Oct-15
    Isle of Arran Circumnav
    John Willacy
    09:14:54
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    02-Oct-15
    Achill Island Circumnav
    David Horkan
    06:41:32
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    31-Jul-15
    North Sea -- Nieuwpoort - Ramsgate
    Dimitri Vandepooele
    17:36:00
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    03-Jul-15
    Ireland Circumnav
    Mick O'Meara
    23 days
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    02-Jul-15
    Lundy - Lee Bay
    Tavi Murray
    04:09:25
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    01-May-15
    North Minch Crossing
    Norbert Ziobr
    07:38:00
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    18-Apr-15
    Little Minch Crossing
    Norbert Ziobr
    04:39:00
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    23-Mar-15
    Isle of Wight Circumnavigation
    John Willacy
    07:19:46
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    11-Sep-14
    Anglesey Circumnavigation
    John Willacy
    09:24:04
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    09-Sep-14
    Achill Island
    Tim Healy, David Horkan
    06:52:00
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    11-Jul-14
    I.O.M - England Crossing
    John Willacy
    04:41:22
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    20-Jun-14
    St Kilda Crossing
    Eurion Brown,, Alex Wainwright
    11:36:00
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    30-May-14
    Lothian Loop
    Brian Turnbull
    02:01:58
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    13-Jun-14
    Holy Island, Anglesey
    John Willacy
    02:55:45
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    07-Jun-14
    Pladda
    Simon Crabtree
    00:12:41
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    30-Apr-14
    Scotland - Isle of Man
    John Willacy
    03:34:00
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    19-Apr-14
    Isle of Bute
    John Willacy
    05:34:00
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    24-Nov-14
    Hayling Island Circumnavigation
    Paul Krysik
    02:02:12
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    04-Dec-13
    Holy Island
    David Attenborough
    04:18:39
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    28-Sep-13
    Isle of Arran
    Brian Turnbull
    10:21:36
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    09-Sep-13
    Anglesey Circumnav Team
    Elan Winter +, Stuart Yendle
    13:05:35
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    03-Sep-13
    Lundy - England
    John Willacy
    01:59:12
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    31-Aug-13
    UK Mainland + Ireland
    Andy + Jane Morton
    143
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    22-Jul-13
    Isle of Anglesey
    Justine Curgenven
    10:08:47
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    19-Jul-13
    Walney Island
    Peter Hart +, Keith Longney
    03:21:58
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    20-Jun-13
    Northern Ireland - I.O.M.
    Catriona Woods
    08:55:0
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    09-Jun-13
    Isle of Bute
    Brian Turnbull
    06:16:00
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    05-Jun-13
    North Channel
    Catriona Woods
    04:53:00
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    20-May-13
    Land's End - John O'Groats
    Glyn Brackenbury
    32 days
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    12-Feb-13
    Holy Island, Anglesey
    Pete Evans,, Steve Miles
    05:00:00
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    08-Aug-12
    Northern Ireland - England
    Conor, Murray
    21:06:50
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    28-Jul-12
    Republic of Ireland - Anglesey
    B. Fanning,, M. O'Meara
    10:22:00
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    15-Apr-12
    Isle of Man - Northern Ireland
    John, Willacy
    07:26:00
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