Bardsey Island

Time Trial Islands

These island Time Trials are shorter than those detailed on the Circumnavigation pages and are for those looking for something fast and furious - or just something shorter and easier, depending on your outlook.

So, just what is the difference between a Circumnavigation and a Time-Trial Island? Well, we don't rightly know to be honest, but we have come up with a totally arbritrary cut-off figure of 2 hours (or so).

As Brian Turnbull points out: "Never the less they are challenges, that can be completed in a shorter time and will suit the paddler who perhaps doesn't have the time to take a bite at something bigger." Let us know if you have a local challenge you would like to add.

Image: Bardsey Island
Note: These time-trials contain stretches of open-water paddling and exposed stretches of tidal coastline - do not underestimate them.

Snowdonia Watersports

Ailsa Craig

Pos. K1W Name Cat Club Time Date Boat
1 Brian Turnbull K1M 00:26:43 08-Sep-13 Rockpool Taran
2 John Willacy K1M 00:47:00 27-Mar-11 Rockpool Taran

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Total Number of Runs: 2

Ailsa Craig
Route Description:

Puffin Island Loop

Pos. K1W Name Cat Club Time Date Boat
1 John Willacy K1M 00:20:19 07-Mar-17 Rockpool Taran
2 John Willacy K1M 00:20:44 18-Jun-14 Rockpool Taran
2 John Willacy K1M 00:20:44 19-Jun-14 Rockpool Taran
4 John Willacy K1M 00:20:47 07-Jul-13 Rockpool Taran
4 John Willacy K1M 00:20:47 08-Jul-13 Rockpool Taran
6 John Willacy K1M 00:20:52 07-Mar-17 Rockpool Taran
7 John Willacy K1M 00:21:06 16-Jan-13 Rockpool Taran
8 John Willacy K1M 00:21:11 19-Jul-16 Rockpool Taran
9 John Willacy K1M 00:21:12 16-Jan-13 Rockpool Taran
10 John Willacy K1M 00:21:13 16-Jan-13 Rockpool Taran
11 John Willacy K1M 00:21:24 22-Sep-14 Rockpool Taran
12 Aled Williams K1M 00:21:25 10-Aug-12 Tiderace Pace 18
13 John Willacy K1M 00:21:30 16-Apr-17 Rockpool Taran
14 John Willacy K1M 00:21:31 07-Mar-17 Rockpool Taran
15 John Willacy K1M 00:21:41 19-Jul-16 Rockpool Taran
16 Aled Williams K1M 00:22:08 22-Sep-12 Tiderace Pace 18
17 John Willacy K1M 00:22:10 07-Jul-13 Rockpool Taran
18 John Willacy K1M 00:22:16 18-Aug-16 Rockpool Taran
19 John Willacy K1M 00:22:27 02-Feb-13 Rockpool Taran
20 John Willacy K1M 00:22:39 16-May-16 Rockpool Taran
21 John Willacy K1M 00:22:48 14-Jul-17 Rockpool Taran
22 John Willacy K1M 00:23:03 02-Feb-13 Rockpool Taran
23 John Willacy K1M 00:23:07 25-Feb-13 Rockpool Taran
24 John Willacy K1M 00:23:10 16-May-16 Rockpool Taran
25 John Willacy K1M 00:23:17 25-Feb-13 Rockpool Taran
26 John Willacy K1M 00:23:33 02-Feb-13 Rockpool Taran
27 John Willacy K1M 00:23:40 02-Feb-13 Rockpool Taran
28(1) Pascale Eichenmuller K1W 00:24:20 19-Jul-16 Rockpool Taran
29 John Willacy K1M 00:24:32 25-Feb-13 Rockpool Taran
30 Mark Richards K1M 00:25:08 25-May-15 P+H Cetus X
31 Richard Peevor K1M 00:25:22 19-Jul-16 SKUK Explorer HV
32 Mark Richards K1M 00:26:03 11-Oct-14 Islander Expedition
33(2) Pascale Eichenmuller K1W 00:26:22 16-May-16 Rockpool Taran
34(3) Pascale Eichenmuller K1W 00:26:55 16-May-16 Rockpool Taran
35 Mark Richards K1M 00:27:11 05-Oct-14 Islander Expedition

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Total Number of Runs: 35

Puffin Island Loop
Route: Start and finish next to (within 1 boat length) Trwyn Du Lighthouse, go in either direction but must pass around and to the South side of Perch Rock Beacon (large and red!) at some stage. (Aled's Route: Show  Hide )
Aled's Route - Puffin Loop

Bardsey Island

Pos. K1W Name Cat Club Time Date Boat
1 John Willacy K1M 00:38:59 30-Jun-14 Rockpool Taran
2 Steve Porter K1M 00:40:00 SKUK Cadence

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Total Number of Runs: 2

Bardsey Island
Route Description:


Pos. K1W Name Cat Club Time Date Boat
1 John Willacy K1M 00:10:43 16-Oct-15 Rockpool Taran
2 John Willacy K1M 00:10:54 16-Oct-15 Rockpool Taran
3(1) Pascale Eichenmuller K1W 00:12:20 16-Oct-15 Rockpool Taran
4 Simon Crabtree K1M 00:12:41 07-Jun-14 Rockpool Taran 16
5(2) Pascale Eichenmuller K1W 00:13:02 16-Oct-15 Rockpool Taran

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Total Number of Runs: 5

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Scolt Head Island

Pos. K1W Name Cat Club Time Date Boat
1 Frank Harradence K1M 01:55:48 14-Jun17 Rockpool Taran 16
2 Frank Harradence K1M 02:03:04 07-Sep-16 Rockpool Taran 16
3 Frank Harradence K1M 02:18:02 24-Apr-15 Rockpool Taran 16
4(1) Sally Harradence K1W 02:47:10 11-Jul-15 Rockpool Alaw Bach

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Total Number of Runs: 4

Scolt Head Island
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From Frank Harradence: Ample public parking is available close to the start/finish point at £4.00 per day (or £2 for 2hrs for you fast types!) There are no gate barriers to worry about for high roofed vans. Toilets are nearby, as is a cafe (cafe spring/summer only). The start/finish point is on the public beach just to the front of the large golf club building & the public entrance onto the beach. The outward leg is a straightforward blast along the Northern seaward edge of the Island, passing to the outside of the isolated shipwreck marker. With the tidal flow this is the fastest & most open stretch of the course. Turn right into the Burham Overy gap, now heading west you are on the scenic return leg. Gun Hill is a good marker for this turn in point. Navigate through the main creek that runs West into Brancaster Harbour, returning you to the beach Start/finish point. The key to a non stressful circumnavigation is ensuring that you judge the correct water levels through the creek's on the return leg. Water levels drop very fast here and sand/shingle banks are soon exposed, causing one to hunt out the deeper water or get stranded until the next tide! I left the beach on a 7.9mtr tide at 1hr 20min before HW at Brancaster Staith, which seemed about right. (Faster paddlers could choose to leave a little later) I would not recommend doing this trip on a smaller tide. Try not to enter any 'false' creeks. It looks obvious on the map but being low on the water they are hard to pick out, and their entrance points are on a similar enough compass bearing to create navigation doubts. Finally Westerly winds; great on the outward leg but on the return, they seem to be funnelled between the Island & mainland upping their strength causing a hard slog back. Footnote: Try and avoid Northerly winds altogether, particularly North Easterlies, they make playing in small boats generally difficult off the Norfolk coast.

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