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The following text is from Steve Bunston (Capability Manager, MOD Aberporth Range):

Crossing Ministry of Defence (MOD) Ranges

The key challenge for the Range operators is being made aware of your presence. While the temptation may be to revert to stealth tactics and ignore the warnings, to do so could place you and others at serious risk to life and limb. Following the ‘Do’s and Don’t’s’ guide below should help you have a safe and hazard free passage.

Do:

  • Contact Range Control either by phone or VHF a few days ahead of your intended crossing to discuss your proposed route and to ascertain good and bad times to cross.

  • Contact Range Control on the day to confirm your intentions, likely time of entry & exit and to ensure there have not been any changes to Range activity since your previous call.

  • Contact the Range when you exit.

  • Recognise that the Range has a programme to deliver – flexibility and clarity on all sides is the key to safety.

  • ...make fellow kayakers aware of this message!

Don't:

  • ...assume that sticking close to the coast and not contacting Range Control will keep you out of harm. There is a reason why it’s called a Danger Area!

  • ...assume that the Danger Area is safe simply because you can’t see or hear any activity.

  • ...press on regardless if you have been advised it is not safe to enter.

  • ...don’t forget to contact Range Control when you exit.

Thank you for your cooperation.


MOD Aberporth Range

The MOD Aberporth Range has a sea Danger Area which covers a large area of Cardigan Bay. Before setting out on any trip into that area you are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with area. Please refer to the attached map. (It may be larger than you expect - PSK)

Normal Range operating hours are 09:00 hrs until 17:00 hrs Monday to Friday but it does occasionally operate outside these hours and can include weekends. Activity varies on a daily basis and although there will be opportunities to transit through the Danger Area safely, please note that it is a live firing area and for your own safety you will need to contact Range Control on 01239 813480 or VHF Ch16 before entering.

A detailed Range programme is produced every Friday and sets out the schedule for the following two weeks. Your safety, and that of the Range users, is of paramount importance and while Range Control can advise you on which are potentially the best days to transit the Danger Area please note that that the programme can be subject to last minute changes due to unforeseen circumstances. The nature of the activity on the Range, combined with the weather conditions on the day may help, hinder or delay your safe passage.

If you would like further information about the type of activity which takes place at MOD Aberporth, please visit http://www.ltpa.co.uk/site_range/aberporth/index.asp


(A call to the local H.M. Coastguard may also be useful in obtaining details of range usage or contact details. Contact details may also be found in Reeds Nautical Almanac - However, as Steve points out, the contact details within the Nautical Almanac don't always put you in touch with the person you really need to speak to - PSK)


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News

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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05-Jul-18
Rich Grifffiths Hughes adds a PB to the MC Legacy - 63:27
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03-Jul-18
Alistair Hornsby and Brennan Waller complete an IOM crossing from St Bees - 07:33
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01-Jul-18
Jonny Eldridge acompletes the Menai Ultimate - 05:10
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29-Jun-18
Jonny Eldridge adds another PB to the Menai Challenge
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26-Jun-18
Ali Donald, David Horkan and Shane Young complete the St George's Channel Crossing - 10:51
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14-Jun-18
Giles Trussell completes a round trip to St Kilda and back
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09-Jun-18
Rich Griffiths Hughes adds a PB to the MC Legacy
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04-Jun-18
Andy Merrick, George Shaw and Daniel Shimmin cross from IOM to Cumbria
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03-Jun-18
Jonny Eldridge adds another time to the Anglesey Masters - 3 Mice
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30-May-18
Jonny Eldridge adds his first time to the Anglesey Masters
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30-May-18
Petr Major sets off around Ireland
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29-May-18
The PSK Archive is now on-line
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28-May-18
Jonny Eldridge adds a PB to the Menai Challenge Challenge
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26-May-18
Jonny Eldridge adds a PB to the Menai Challenge Legacy
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24-May-18
Spruce and Taylor add a time to the Hayling Island TT
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22-May-18
Legacy times for Scillies Crossing from Mark Rainsley added
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14-May-18
Rich Holt and Matt Parton circumnav the Isle of Wight - 09:43
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14-May-18
Dan Shimmin adds his first time to the PSK pages with a circ of the IOM - 11:36
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14-May-18
Dan McGonigle goes sub-3:00 for his first run on the Puffin TT
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14-May-18
Dave Cutts adds a time to the Pen2Puffin TT - 02:18:23
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30-Apr-18
Dan McGonigle sets a Menai Challenge PB
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27-Apr-18
Robert Townsend (SUP) adds his first time to the Ang Masters
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27-Apr-18
Pascale Eichenmuller + John Willacy add the 3 Mice to the Ang Masters
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27-Apr-18
Rich Griffiths Hughes completes the Malltraeth Madness
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21-Apr-18
Alan Hunter adds a time to the Lothian Loop
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20-Apr-18
Dave Cutts completes the Puffin Island TT - 03:32:57
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18-Apr-18
Royal Welsh Challenge - POSTPONED
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08-Apr-18
Rich Griffiths Hughes completes the 3 Mice
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08-Apr-18
Chris Thorne completes the full Anglesey Masters series
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24-Mar-18
Chris Thorne completes the Ang Masters 3 Mice - 04:13:32
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18-Mar-18
Llyn Padarn TT results up
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07-Mar-18
Chris Thorne pushes his SUP PB even further on the MC Legacy
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07-Mar-18
Chris Thorne adds a SUP PB (and course SUP record) to the MC Legacy
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07-Mar-18
Irish Coast Paddling Champs added to Events Calendar
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07-Mar-18
InProgress page updated for start of 2018 season
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22-Feb-18
John Willacy adds a new time to the Ang Masters - 3 Mice
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21-Feb-18
Chris Thorne paddles his SUP to add a time on the Ang Masters - The Stacks route
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21-Feb-18
Dave Cutts adds a run to the MC Legacy
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19-Feb-18
Latest results up for Llyn Padarn TT
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17-Feb-18
Chris Thorne completes the Puffin TT in 05:00:01 (SUP)
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08-Feb-18
Pascale Eichenmuller + John Willacy add times to the MC Legacy
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22-Jan-18
Llyn Padarn TT times up for January. New page updates also.
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12-Jan-18
Dave Cutts adds a PB to the MC Legacy course
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12-Jan-18
New times added to Puffin Island Loop TT
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02-Jan-18
Steve Miles adds the first 2018 run to the MC Legacy - 2nd Jan
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01-Jan-18
First runs of the Menai Challenge 2018 - 1st Jan
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22-Dec-17
Events Calendar updated
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22-Dec-17
Llyn Padarn TT page, new layout
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22-Dec-17
Eichenmuller/Willacy add a time to the Ang Masters - The Stacks route
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04-Dec-17
New times for the Puffin Loop - Pascale Eichenmuller, Dan McGonigle and John Willacy
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13-Nov-17
Chris Thorne adds a PB to the MC SUP Challenge Course - 57:01
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02-Nov-17
Steve Miles completes the Anglesey Masters 3 Mice - 03:27:22
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02-Nov-17
John Willacy adds a time to the Puffin TT - 02:59:45
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02-Nov-17
Jonny Eldridge adds a new time to the MC Legacy - 63:38
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29-Oct-17
Rich Griffiths Hughes takes his first run of the MC Challenge course - 58:30
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28-Sep-17
Chris Thorne adds a time to the Ang Masters Dulas Dash
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26-Sep-17
Another time added to the Ang Masters
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25-Sep-17
Pascale Eichenmuller/John Willacy add a time to the Ang Masters Malltraeth
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24-Sep-17
Llyn Padarn TT Winter Series starts with a K2 dust-up
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22-Sep-17
Jessie and Will Brown complete the North Channel crossing - 30th Aug
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17-Sep-17
Pascale E adds anew time to the MC Legacy - 64:03
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05-Sep-17
Steve Miles adds a time to the MC Challenge course - 53:40
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05-Sep-17
Steve Miles adds 3(!) times to the Ang Masters
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02-Sep-17
Dan McGonigle and Rich Griffiths Hughes both add Anglesey Masters times on the Skerries route
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02-Sep-17
Steve Miles joins the Anglesey Masters challenge with a run of the Skerries route
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02-Sep-17
Jeff Parker takes his first run of the MC Challenge course - 48:08
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01-Sep-17
John Willacy adds a new time to the Anglesey Masters also
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29-Aug-17
Chris Thorne christens the Ang Masters Malltraeth route
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26-Aug-17
Jonny Eldridge completes his Ireland Circumnav
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26-Aug-17
Norbert Ziobr adds a new time to the Anglesey Masters too
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26-Aug-17
Team Fatboy add a new time to the Anglesey Masters
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13-Aug-17
Dan McGonigle also adds a time to the Anglesey Masters - Menai Ultimate course
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13-Aug-17
Norbert adds a time to the Anglesey Masters too, on the 3 Mice
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13-Aug-17
Richard Griffiths Hughes and Chris Thorne add times to the Anglesey Masters
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10-Aug-17
Bryan Dickinson adds a time to the Anglesey Masters - Dulas Dash
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02-Aug-17
Alan Hunter adds a time to the Lothian Loop
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17-Jul-17
New time on the MC Legacy from Pascale (a PB2)
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09-Jul-17
New times on the MC Challenge from Norbert, Richard Peevor, Chris Thorne, Pascale and John Willacy
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04-Jul-17
Julian Haines completes his Ireland Circumnavigation - 59 days
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29-Jun-17
Steve Miles adds a new time to the MC Legacy list: 01:06:10
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14-Jun-17
Frank Harradence adds a PB to the Scolt Head Island TT - 01:55:48
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04-Jun-17
Catriona and Patrick Woods, Elaine Alexander and Desi ? cross the North Channel - 05:04
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04-Jun-17
Will Brown and Gary McClure cross the North Channel - 04:25
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31-May-17
Ade Butt, Guy Holmes and Richard Kent add times to the Hayling Island TT
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31-May-17
Chris Thorne takes the MC Challenge SUP time under the hour - 59:08
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28-May-17
Patrick Woods improves on his time for the Achill Island Circumnav, now 07:04
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23-May-17
New times added to the MC2017 for Dave Cutts, Kathy Webb and Peter Eichenmuller
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17-May-17
New times added to the MC2017 for Rich Griffiths Hughes and John Willacy - Legacy and Challenge respectively
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10-May-17
Temporary page added for new Skerries TT - not yet on menu bar. Norbert adds the first time.
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07-May-17
Richard Griffiths Hughes adds a PB to the MC Legacy - 69:47
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07-May-17
Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy add PBs to the Pen2Puffin - 02:05:44 and 01:46:15 respectively
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01-May-17
Dan McGonigle adds a new time to the MC Legacy - 61:21
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17-Apr-17
Jonny Eldridge adds a time to the Pen2Puffin TT - 02:13:00
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Recent Records

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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