Anglesey Ocean Kayak Race

Events Calendar

Sea kayak racing is becoming ever more popular as paddlers look to push themselves further and harder whilst they pit their wits against the opposition and the environment. There are many events scattered around the UK coastline, some are easy going events and some are hardcore challenges - take your pick.
The variety of boats and paddlers that take part is always impressive, from all out racers to open canadians with the kids and the dog thrown in. These events are as serious or as fun as you make them - but always friendly.
Further Event Details can be found in the 'Resources' section.
Image: Anglesey Ocean Race 2011 (Sharon Webb)


Events Calendar

2020/2021 - Upcoming Events

Event Date Location
1 Coquet Island 14-Jun-20 Amble, Northumberland
1 events listed for 2018

2020/2021 - Events Details

Event Date Location Info:
1 Coquet Island

14-Jun-20 Amble, Northumberland Sunday June 14th 2020 for the next Race Round Coquet Island. Race is about 5 miles from the Harbour at Amble, mainly for seakayaks but open to all craft capable of doing the course. Run by Coquet Canoe Club

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1 Irish Coast Paddling Championships 28-Sep-19 Greystones South Beach, Co. Wicklow
2 Great Glen Challenge 21-Sep-19 Fort William
3 Jersey Round Island Challenge 31-Aug-19 Jersey From the website:" We very excited to announce that the fourth Jersey Round Island Challenge will be taking place on Saturday 31 August 2019 (subject to parish permissions). In 2018, over 200 people took on the adventure challenge and either Swam, Canoe/Kayaked, Rowed, SUP’ed or Ran around the stunning Island of Jersey. In doing so they not only took on a massive challenge but also took on one of the highest tidal ranges in the world! This epic challenge raises awareness and valuable funds for the Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, a local charity that supports families in Jersey with sick children needing treatment in the UK. To date participants helped us raise an unbelievable £45,000 for the charity."
4 Oban Sea Kayak Race 24-Aug-19 Oban From facebook 15-03-19: "The Website will soon be open for this years Oban Sea Kayak Race. This year will mark ten years since this amazing Race started in 2010. The 2019 Race will take place on Saturday 24th August at 1pm. More details on the tenth anniversary of this Event will follow soon."
5 Hilbre Island Race 07-Jul-19 Dee Sailing club (CH61 0HN) From LCC: "Hilbre Island is the largest of a group of three islands at the mouth of the estuary of the River Dee, and lies about 1.6 km from Red Rocks, the nearest part of the mainland on the Wirral Peninsula. The Start is at Dee Sailing club (CH61 0HN) START TIME 2:00 pm with a beach (Le Mans style) mass start (Seeded start line). The finish will be a buoy on the water in line with the causeway. Prize giving and BBQ will be in the club house after the event. (BBQ items and drinks can be purchased from the club house) The main Hilbre Island Race goes clockwise around all three islands (13km) while a shorter race for General Purpose and touring boats goes clockwise around the first island (Little Eye). We also have a short junior and novice race along the shore to West Kirby and return. Conditions can be very rough on the northern end of Hilbre and anyone entering the Hilbre Island Race needs to be sure that they can cope with the conditions on the day. If conditions are too rough then modified courses may be used. We have a number of safety craft covering the race. Several kayak rescue teams will also be positioned on the end of Hilbre Island, Little Eye and along the route. Places are limited to the first 50 entrants. Hilbre Race (13Km) - Sea Kayaks, Ladies Sea Kayaks, Tandem Sea kayaks, Racing Surf Skis, High-performance Sea Kayaks. Little Eye Race (9Km) - First Kayak, Ladies Race, Doubles (any design) West Kirby Race (4Km) - First Kayak (under 4m), First Junior (under 16), First Open Canoe. You will need to pre-enter online and bring with you on the day a completed registration form."
6 Conwy Ascent 08-Jun-19 Conwy Morfa, Gwynedd From DCP: "The Afon Conwy is a beautiful river in North Wales flowing through the picturesque Conwy valley from the Snowdonia National Park to the sea. It meets the sea at Deganwy after passing under the walls of the 13th century castle and through the harbour at Conwy. The Conwy Ascent is an upstream canoeing event, taking advantage of the flood tide to start in the Deganwy Narrows and finish at Dolgarrog Bridge approximately 15km away. The river offers many challenges in reading water and weather conditions and is rich in wildlife and beautiful scenery. The event is run by Dyffryn Conwy Paddlers and comprises both a marathon race and a tour, and paddlers may race or tour in any canoe or kayak of their choice. All paddlers completing the Conwy Ascent will receive a finishing memento. Following the successful introduction at the 2009 Conwy Ascent, there will again be a race for Stand Up Paddleboards."
7 Colwyn Bay Blast 01-Jun-19 Port Eirias, Colwyn Bay From the website: "15km race open to surf skis, sea kayaks, OC’s, and a shorter 10 km course open to SUPs. Running from Porth Eirias Watersports Centre, Colwyn Bay (see map below), there is ample parking, changing facilities, showers & onsite restaurant café & bar as well as safety cover on the water throughout the event. Registration 10AM. The entry fee of just £17 (per seat) . Entry is limited to the first 40 initially. For more information please email"
8 Ocean to City Race - An Rás Mór 01-Jun-19 Cork Harbour From website:"Ocean to City – An Rás Mór is Ireland’s very own long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants annually. Started in 2005, it has grown from its origin as a race for traditional fixed-seat boats into an all-inclusive rowing and paddling event, embracing everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks, canoes and even stand-up paddle boards. With thousands of spectators each year, the race is a real flagship event for Cork Harbour; one of the largest natural harbours in the world. An Rás Mór (”The Big Race”) appeals to a wide range of rowers and paddlers from across Ireland and beyond. It includes races over four course distances: the 28km Ocean Course, 22km City Course, 13km Monkstown Course and the 4km Youth Course – all finishing to a warm welcome in Cork’s city centre. Modelled on London’s Great River Race, start times are staggered with the slowest boat types leaving first, and the fastest boat types leaving last. Celebrating both traditional boats and the more competitive contemporary craft, An Rás Mór is much more than just a race… it is a test of endurance, a personal challenge and a shared effort."
9 Seaquest - Ravenglass 19-May-19 Ravenglass, Cumbria Ravenglass Seaquest is a navigation event on the three beautiful estuaries of the rivers Esk, Irt and Mite at Ravenglass. Competitors, in canoes or kayaks, teams or solo, visit as many control points as they can in the time limit of 3 hours. Orienteering! Only on water... An event for everyone, take your time and enjoy lunch alongside the Esk, or set yourself a challenge and join the competitive racers. After the race, prize-giving and refreshments will be in the Ratty Arms, behind the main car park in the village. Registration starts at 0930 and the event starts at 1100, finish 1400. Prize giving and results in the Ratty arms starting about 1530.
10 The Royal Welsh Menai Strait Challenge 11-May-19 Caernarfon, Gwynedd Extract(2018):" How good is your knowledge of the tides? Do you know where all the eddies and sand banks are? Now is the time to find out. Your challenge is to find a series of up to 10 ‘Marks’ that are located in the area from Belan Narrows to Britannia Bridge and get back to Caernarfon before the Victoria Dock flap gate is raised or the river starts to dry out. You can choose to enter in any class of seaworthy craft (see entry form). On the morning of the event you will be given your ‘sealed orders’. The crews will then be able to plan their tidal strategy before the start."
11 Poole Harbour Canoe Race 10-Sep-17 Poole Harbour, Dorset From the website:"The ‘Poole Harbour Race’ is a race around the harbour with a choice of 4, 8 or 15 miles. All races start from a sandy beach on the edge of the harbour. The two longer courses both go round Brownsea Island whilst the short course runs along the shoreline towards Poole and then turns to pass the beach from which we started after approximately 2 miles - before heading on towards Rockley - and then finally returning to finish at the starting point. Any boat is welcome K1, K2, Ski, Sea kayak (classic and racing), Wavehopper, WWR, C1, C2, OC1, Canadian, General purpose or 6 man Hawaiian canoe. All ages and abilities welcome. The format features a “Le-Mans” style start from the beach at Lake Pier, Poole, BH15 4LR (for Sat Nav users). Burgers, cakes and tea for competitors are included on your return - and Pre-race Bacon Rolls are available too. Check in from 9:30 - Race briefing at 11:00 The entry form document is down-loadable here on our club website."
12 Great Cumbrae Sea Kayak Race 12-Aug-17 sportscotland Centre, Great Cumbrae From the website: "Following the HUGE success of both the 2015 and 2016 races, the Centre is preparing for another ‘Great Cumbrae Kayak Race’, due to take place on Saturday 12th August 2017. Again, there will be a race ‘around the island’, as well as a shortened course for Junior competitors. The race is open to any canoe kayak including sea kayak, sit on top, racing ski, stand up paddle board."
13 The Forth Challenge 2017 10-Jun-17 Port Edgar Marina "The race is June 10th this year and has run two years previously. All the details are on Facebook on a public event page "The Forth Challenge 2017". Port Edgar Marina to Inchcolm Island and back. Closed cockpit kayaks 15ft and over, and ocean ski."
14 Lismore Kayak Challenge 2017 - POSTPONED Oban POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE -- Now in its 4th year. To the Lighthouse and Back! Saturday 27th May 2017 1pm (UK Spring Bank Holiday weekend)18km of adrenaline from Ganavan Beach out to Lismore Lighthouse and back! - the Lismore Kayak Challenge. The race starts at Ganavan Sands (just north of Oban town) and goes out to the iconic Stevenson built lighthouse on Eilean Musdile at the southern tip of the island of Lismore....and back. As with August's Oban Sea Kayak Race, funds raised from the Lismore Kayak Challenge are to support Oban Lifeboat.
15 Eddystone Challenge 04-Jul-15 Plymouth ** 2014 Race is on - 28th June, 12 noon start - Follow Link to Mayflower Website ** A 40 km offshore rowing / sea kayak race from Plymouth Hoe to Eddystone Lighthouse and back - a real bruiser! A good opportunity to paddle out to 'The Light'.
16 Loch Shiel Viking Challenge 29/30-Mar-14 Fort William Billed as: " A series of races for performance + touring kayaks. To extend the challenge, using chip telemetry wristbands, competitors will clock in to a series of waypoints to test not only paddling but navigation skills providing us with accurate timing and progress location producing an exciting and challenging course for experienced paddlers "
17 Seaquest - Fleetwood 15-Sep-12 Fleetwood, Lancashire The original Seaquest; a mass-start orienteering fun event open to all. A 22 km Race course and 15 km Tour course both involving checkpoints within the tidal stretches of the River Wyre. Raises funds for Leukemia Busters Charity.
18 Swellies-Extreme Sea Kayak Race 21-Jul-12 Menai Straits, Anglesey The Swellies-Extreme sea kayak slalom race weekend! A Swellies time trial, a mass start race and a Sea Kayak Boater-X - should be fun
19 Anglesey Ocean Kayak Race 20-May-12 Anglesey A challenging mass start kayak race on the Isle of Anglesey where competitors will paddle between 20km and 30km. The race is aimed at a range of sea kayak disciplines including double sea kayaks, single sea kayaks and ocean surf skis.
20 Mawddach Paddlesports Festival 7th-Jul-19 Barmouth From website:"This is an Exciting Weekend Paddlesport Event for all the Family with something for everyone. Based in the holiday Resort of Barmouth and held on The Magnificent Mawddach Estuary in Southern Snowdonia ."

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