The Performance Sea Kayak is administered by John Willacy. Here is his paddling profile.

Paddler Profile – John Willacy

John started out on his paddling career in the early 1980’s. Along the way he has paddled whitewater in Norway, sea kayaks in the Falkland Islands, won various National Titles and represented Great Britain at World Championship and World Cup level. John has paddled across most of the canoesport disciplines and classes, and in many locations. He is currently based on Anglesey in North Wales, from where he trains on the Menai Strait and runs the PSK website when he isn't paddling.

Sea Kayak

John holds a number of solo sea kayak records and has completed two solo circumnavigations of the UK, the only person to have done so:

2012 UK Circumnavigation - 72 days - Clockwise Kayak Blog.
2015 UK Circumnavigation - 83 days - Anti-Clockwise Kayak Blog.

In 2012 he was awarded the Chris Wheeler Adventure Paddler of the Year award by Canoe & Kayak UK magazine.

2882: Menai Strait paddles - JW

Sea Paddling History:


Date Type Locn. Cat Elapsed Date Distance
12023CircumnavAnglesey K1M10:28:2616-Aug-2365 nm
2CircumnavWalney Island K1M02:52:0703-Jun-2317 nm
3CircumnavAnglesey K1M12:39:3707-Apr-2365 nm
42022CircumnavWalney Island K1M02:50:3229-Apr-2217 nmCurrent Record
5CircumnavAnglesey K1M10:04:1711-Aug-2265 nm
6CircumnavIsle of Islay K1M12:40:3622-Jul-2263 nm
7CircumnavAnglesey K1M11:10:5728-Mar-2265 nm
82021CircumnavIsle of Bute Team06:46:0213-Nov-2131 nmTeam Record
9CircumnavIsle of Wight K1M07:02:2209-Oct-2149 nmCurrent Record
10CircumnavHayling Island K1M02:00:5612-Sep-2111 nm
11CircumnavHoly Island K1M03:18:3721-Jul-2118 nmCW
12CircumnavHoly Island K1M03:03:2014-Jul-2118 nmCCW
13CircumnavIsle of Skye K1M54:22:1020-Jun-21124 nmCurrent Record
14CircumnavHoly Island Team03:50:5407-May-2118 nmTeam
15CircumnavWalney Island Team03:08:5430-Apr-2117 nmTeam Record
16CircumnavWalney Island K1M02:51:5626-Apr-2117 nmRecord
17CircumnavAnglesey K1M10:12:1531-Mar-2165 nm
182020CircumnavAnglesey K1M11:12:4117-Oct-2065 nm
19CircumnavWalney Island K1M02:53:0923-Sep-2017 nmRecord
20CircumnavAnglesey K1M12:19:3817-Aug-2065 nm
212019CircumnavIsle of Man K1M12:16:0318-Sep-1962 nm
22CircumnavHoly Island Team03:29:5726-Aug-1918 nmTeam Record
23CircumnavAchill Island K1M99:00:00201935 nm
242017CircumnavIsle of Skye K1MXXX24-Jul-17118 nmFailed Attempt
25CircumnavIsle of Jura K1M09:55:4025-Mar-1756 nmCurrent Record
262016CircumnavIsle of Scarba K1M01:32:0511-Oct-168 nmRecord
27CircumnavIsle of Man K1M10:32:5824-Aug-1663 nmCurrent Record
282015CircumnavIsle of Arran K1M09:14:5413-Oct-1547 nmRecord
29CircumnavIsle of Wight K1M07:19:4623-Mar-1549 nmRecord
302014CircumnavAnglesey K1M09:24:0411-Sep-1464 nmRecord
31CircumnavHoly Island K1M02:55:4513-Jun-1418 nm
32CircumnavIsle of Bute K1M05:34:1319-Apr-1431 nmCurrent Record
332012CircumnavWalney Island K1M03:10:0018-Dec-1217 nmRecord
34CircumnavAnglesey K1M10:28:3814-Oct-1264 nm
352011CircumnavIsle of Mull K1M19:34:0005-Jun-1180 nmCurrent Record
36CircumnavAnglesey K1M09:54:4818-Apr-1164 nmRecord
372010CircumnavIsle of Man K1M12:38:0312-Jul-1063 nmRecord
382009CircumnavAnglesey K1MXXX19-Sep-09Failed Attempt
39CircumnavAnglesey K1M10:24:5422-Aug-0964 nmRecord
402007CircumnavHoly Island Team07:05:0015-Sep-0718 nmTeam
412006CircumnavAnglesey K1M10:45:4010-Sep-0664 nmRecord
422005CircumnavHoly Island K1M04:28:0021-Nov-0518 nm
43CircumnavAnglesey K1M11:30:0029-Sep-0564 nmRecord
44CircumnavAnglesey K1MXXX22-Aug-05Failed Attempt
452004CircumnavAnglesey Team2 days30-Jul-0464 nmTeam


Date Type Locn. Cat Elapsed Date Distance
12023CrossingIsle of Man (Wales) K1M08:59:4909-Sep-2340 nm
2CrossingMorecambe Bay K1M01:48:5804-Jun-229 nmCurrent Record
32022CrossingMorecambe Bay K1M01:51:0503-May-229 nmRecord
42015CrossingMorecambe Bay K1M03:29:4501-Aug-159 nmRecord
5CrossingLundy (Wales) K1M07:30:0021-May-1528 nmCurrent Record
62014CrossingIsle of Man (England) K1M04:41:2211-Jul-1427 nmCurrent Record
7CrossingIsle of Man (England) K1M05:46:1410-Jul-1427 nmRecord
8CrossingIsle of Man (Scotland) K1M03:34:0430-Apr-1417 nmCurrent Record
9CrossingIsle of Man (Scotland) K1M03:40:2529-Apr-1417 nmRecord
102013CrossingLundy (England) K1M02:29:1904-Sep-1311 nm
11CrossingLundy (England) K1M01:59:1203-Sep-1311 nmCurrent Record
122012CrossingLundy (England) K1M05:13:0017-Jun-1211 nm
13CrossingLundy (Wales) K1M08:30:0018-Jun-1236 nmRecord
14CrossingIsle of Man (N.I.) K1M07:26:0015-Apr-1229 nmRecord
15CrossingIsle of Man (Wales) K1M10:48:0013-Apr-1241 nm
162011CrossingHolyhead-Dublin K1M11:19:5901-Oct-1151 nmRecord
17CrossingNorth Channel K1M03:25:2826-Mar-1119 nmRecord
18CrossingNorth Channel K1M04:29:5426-Mar-1119 nm
192010CrossingSt.George's Channel K1M09:57:4927-Sep-1044 nmRecord
20CrossingIsle of Man (Wales) K1M08:21:1223-Apr-1040 nmCurrent Record
212007CrossingHolyhead Dublin K1M13:45:0024-Aug-0753 nmRecord


Date Type Locn. Cat Elapsed Date Distance
12022DistanceLancaster Canal (end-to-end) K1M07:41:5012-Feb-2241 m
22021DistanceLoch Ness (end-to-end) K1M02:58:1410-Jun-2118 nmUK Record?
32020DistanceLancaster Canal (end-to-end) K1M07:53:3109-Mar-2041 m
42012DistanceLancaster Canal (end-to-end) K1M08:15:0618-Feb-1241 m


Date Type Locn. Cat Elapsed Date Distance
12019Multi-DayWales Circumnav K1M15 days26-May-19= Record
22015Multi-DayUK Circumnav K1M83 days11-Aug-15
32012Multi-DayUK Circumnav K1M72 days23-Jun-12Record
42003Multi-DayWales Circumnav K1M29 days28-Jun-03


First competition: 1984
Competition Discipliness: Canoe Slalom, Wild Water Racing and Long Distance/Sprint Racing
Classes: C1, C2, K1, K2 and K4


  • GB Intermediate Squad: 1988-1990
  • British Open C1 Champion: 1989(B), 1990(Slalom Sprint)
  • English C1 Champion: 1990, 1994
  • Welsh C2 Champion (with Geoff Forster)
  • BCU Premier Division C1 Slalom: 1989 - 1997

Wild Water Racing

  • Great Britain C1 Champion: 1992, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • British Open C1 Champion: 1992, 1999
  • Welsh Open C1 Champion: 2005
  • BCU Division A paddler 1991 - 2008

Great Britain Team:

  • World Championships Team: 1993, 1995, 1996, 2006
  • World Cup Team: 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997
  • Masters World Championships 2006: Bronze Medallist

Kayak Design

John designed and developed a number of sea kayaks whilst working for Rockpool Kayaks, including:

  • Taran 18
  • Taran 16
  • GT
  • Isel (part design)