Isle of Man - Wales

Route Distance: ~40 nm / 74.1 km
Prevailing direction: S >> N
Record: 2010 - 08:21:12
Solo: 8
Team: 9


John Willacy
Justine Curgenven
Barry Shaw
Phil Clegg
Barry Shaw
Harry Whelan
Olly Sanders
Keirron Tastagh
Arthur Clark
Nick Gough
Steve Farrow

Image: Heading Out

Situated in the centre of the Irish Sea the Isle of Man is a perfect draw for many a sea kayaker. It's positioning means it can often be seen from many places on the surrounding mainland on a clear day. It also means that the tidal flows from both north and south meet around the island, requiring some good planning to make the trip. The island also provides fantastic coastline, demanding tide races and plenty of wildlife, including Basking Sharks.
The route from Wales is usually started from Anglesey on the North Wales coast.

Crossing: Isle of Man - Wales


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1K1MJohn Willacy08:21:1223-Apr-10Cemlyn BayScarlett PointRockpool Taran 18
2K1MGeorge Shaw08:24:0011-Jul-14??SKUK Cadence
3K1MJohn Willacy08:59:4909-Sep-23Cemlyn BayScarlett PointRockpool Taran 18
4K1MJohn Willacy10:48:0013-Apr-12Cemlyn BayPort St MaryRockpool Taran 18
5K1MOlly Sanders~12:00:00Apr-2003Cemaes BayPort St MaryP+H Capella
6K1MKeirron Tastagh14:00:0030-Aug-01Porth DafarchPort St MarySKUK Explorer
7K1MKeirron Tastagh?2002SKUK Explorer
7K1MJoe Leach?14-May-12Cemlyn BayPort St MaryRockpool Taran 18

8 solo paddlers


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1K2Justine Curgenven /
Barry Shaw
10:01:002007Bull Bay?

2TeamPhil Clegg
Barry Shaw
Harry Whelan
11:20:002004?Cemaes BaySKUK Explorer
SKUK Explorer

3TeamJonny Eldridge
Chris Withers
12:18:0015-Aug-16Bull BayPort St MaryRockpool GT
Valley Nordkapp LV
4TeamBarry Shaw
Harry Whelan
13:10:002004Cemaes Bay?SKUK Explorer
SKUK Explorer
5TeamPhil Clegg
Barry Shaw
Harry Whelan
14:30:002005Cemaes Bay?SKUK Explorer
SKUK Explorer

6TeamNatalie Maderova
Michal Madera
14:55:0026-May-12Bull BayPort St MaryTiderace Xplore
Tiderace Xplore
7TeamKatie Ellis
Lee Taylor
15:08:0004-May-15AmlwchDerby HavenRockpool Taran 16
Rockpool Taran 18
--Katie Blog
8Team K2Nick Beighton /
Ian O'Grady
Adam Harmer
Tori James
15:25:00*31-May-14Porth DafarchPort St MaryValley Aleut 2

Valley Aleut 2

9TeamArthur Clark
Nick Gough
Steve Farrow
19:30:0003-Jun-74Cemaes BayPort GreenaughValley Anas Acuta
Valley Anas Acuta


9 Teams -- 23 Paddlers


Nick Beighton / Ian O'Grady / Adam Harmer / Tori James (31-May-14)
The Beeline Team completed this crossing in double kayaks as part of an ambitous journey taking a straightline from Land's End to John O'Groats. Escorted.

Arthur Clark / Nick Gough / Steve Farrow (03-Jun-74)
From Nick:" Yes, I still have a few cuttings of the Anglsey/ I.O.M. trip. Date of crossing, 3 June 1974. Overall time, approx 19.5 hrs Start time, Cemaes Bay, 04.25 hrs. Finish time.Port Greenaugh, (east of Castletown) 23.55 hrs. Craft, Valley Canoe Products, Anas Acuta. Hard chined sea kayaks. We experimented with a Seafix Direction Finder for plots, but the process was so long-winded, it was consigned to history for later trips. The trip was done ostensibly to see some motor cycle racing, it being T.T. week. We returned to Llandudno via ferry, I think it was the last season of regular ferries on the Douglas/Llandudno route. There was no sense of "record attempts", just a carefully planned day out. At that time, we felt that three was the optimum number for long trips offshore. As the Celtic name of both islands is Mona, the trip became known as the "Mona to Mona" trip.

Katie Ellis / Lee Taylor (04-May-15)
Part of GB Circumnavigation

Joe Leach (14-May-12)
Day 15 of GB Circumnavigation.

Natalie Maderova / Michal Madera (26-May-12)
Part of GB Circumnavigation

Keirron Tastagh (30-Aug-01)
Keirron's claims to be the youngest paddler to have completed this route solo (age 22).

John Willacy (13-Apr-12)
Day 1 of GB Circumnavigation.


Crossing: Isle of Man - Wales

Solo paddlers: 8
Team paddlers: 23
Teams: 9

Recorded Start Points:
    • ?? (2)
    • Amlwch (1)
    • Bull Bay (3)
    • Cemaes Bay (4)
    • Cemlyn Bay (4)
    • Porth Dafarch (2)

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