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PSK Islands Challenge

This one is new for 2021 and it's a collaborative affair, as we set the PSK paddling community the challenge of circumnavigating as many of the UK islands as possible.

Pick an island, paddle around it, send us the GPS and we'll do the admin. Simple.

No times are recorded on this one, it's just about 'bagging the islands'. Take an hour, take a week, take a month - we don't care. Just get around (safely).

To add a twist, each island is worth a number of points: roughly 1 point per km of circumnav.
You can bag as many islands as you want, go around the same one until you wear grooves in the water, or just 'go long'... it's your call.
The further you paddle or the more times you go, the more points you get.

Do it for the 'island bagging cause', round your dream island, be the first to bag a classic (or a sneaky unknown), chase those points, or just do it for the hell of it. We don't care why, we just want you to do it! Let's tick 'em off...


    Format
  • Open to Solo paddlers, Teams and K2/Doubles. Paddlers will be recorded individually.
  • All circumnavs to be recorded by GPS.
  • Send in your .gpx file (NOT A SCREEN-GRAB!) and we'll do the admin.
  • Each island has a set number of points available - the longer the circumnav the more points. We decide how many points for each island.
  • Repeated attempts on the same island are fine - they all count. (But don't forget the others!)
  • Each circumnav to be a 'separate' circumnav i.e. multiple islands close together each require distinct full-lap circumnavs (unless indicated otherwise).
  • Island Challenge paddles are eligible to 'double-up' on other PSK pages where applicable (and vice-versa) i.e. an Anglesey Circumnav can be submitted for both Islands Challenge and Anglesey Circumnav pages.
  • UK Mainland and Ireland circumnavs are excluded.
  • Backdated paddles are not eligible. Start Date: 1-Jan-21
  • Send in your circumnav via Facebook - Performance Sea Kayak

  • Islands
  • Our list of islands is not definitive, we see it as a work-in-progress. Let us know via facebook message or email if you have an island to add.
  • To prevent us being swamped with every bit of lone rock out there, for this challenge we define an island as a minimum of 2km to paddle around (at HW).
  • We'll consider smaller islands if they are named as such on OS Maps or Admiralty/Imray Charts - or if we just like the sound of the place, or if it means a lot to you...

  • Craft
  • Sea kayak, Ski, SUP - whatever. All we ask is that any craft you choose must be specifically designed to be suitable for the chosen venue and conditions. It is to be in a seaworthy and safe condition.
  • All paddlers should be capable and experienced in paddling their chosen craft safely in all possible conditions.
  • We do not consider inflatable craft as suitable for this challenge.

  • Assistance
  • No sails, motors, support craft etc. - human paddle power only.
  • No assistance from outside the paddling group.

  • Safety
  • All paddlers must undertake an assessment of risk - for their chosen route, venue and conditions.
  • The management of any risk is entirely the responsibility of the paddler(s).
  • Ensure your route avoids any exclusions or danger areas. Avoid shipping channels where possible and follow all local regulations.
  • We make no claim or assurance that any of the islands listed are fully navigable. YOU need to research and plan to ensure they are a safe and realistic proposition.
  • Ensure you and your group are capable of handling any conditions or hazards possible on your chosen route.
  • Paddlers are to wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) at all times whilst on the water.
  • Helmets and Leashes should be worn where appropriate (helmets on moving water - leashes on Skis, SUP's etc on open water).
  • All craft to be rendered unsinkable, either by manufacturer design (bulkheads etc.) or via extra buoyancy devices (fitted airbags etc.)
  • Safety equipment such as VHF radio, PLB, flares, mobile phone, map, compass, shelter etc. should be carried as deemed appropriate in your risk assesment.
  • Leave details of your route and time of return with a shore party and inform HM Coastguard as appropriate.
  • If you choose to paddle solo be aware of the significant extra risks involved.
  • If you have any doubts - THEN DO NOT GO!

** The PSK Island Challenge is an unsupervised standing challenge.   Read The Safety Page **



Please send in the GPS track file in .gpx format (or .fit or .tcx).


The GPS file please! Not a link to garmin connect/strava/fb or a phone screengrab

No GPS file, No Results - Sorry!



177 - Islands Outstanding






Islands OutstandingLocn.Pts
1 Country: England 
1. Annet (Scilly)SV 861,0863
2. BridgeMarsh Island,0
3. Brownsea IslandSZ 020,8797
4. Bryher (Scilly),0
5. Canvey Island,0
6. Coquet IslandNU 293,0461
7. Drake's Island,0
8. Farne Islands (Inner Farne),0
9. Foulness IslandTR 002,92127
10. Fowley Island,0
11. Furzey IslandSZ 011,8702
12. Green IslandSZ 005,8662
13. Gugh (Scilly)SV 889,0834
14. Havergate IslandTM 415,4767
15. Hayling IslandSU 723,01621
16. Hilbre IslandSJ 186,8773
17. Hoo IslandTQ 787,7055
18. Horsey IslandTM 232,2467
19. Isle of SheppeyTQ 968,70844
20. Isle of WightSZ 500,86289
21. Lindisfarne (Holy Island)NU 129,42815
22. Long Island,0
23. LongstoneNU 246,3893
24. LundySS 135,45713
25. Mersea IslandTM 036,14519
26. Northey IslandTL 880,0625
27. Osea IslandTL 913,0626
28. Pilsey IslandSU 769,0072
29. Portsea IslandSU 655,01421
30. Potton IslandTQ 955,9109
31. Read's IslandSE 965,2186
32. Round Island,0
33. Rushley IslandTQ 963,8904
34. Samson (Scilly)SV 877,1264
35. Scolt Head IslandTF 812,46216
36. St Agnes (Scilly)SV 880,0807
37. St Helen's (Scilly)SV 900,1693
38. St Martin's (Scilly)SV 927,1579
39. St Mary's (Scilly)SV 916,11212
40. Staple IslandNU 237,3752
41. Steep HolmST 228,6063
42. Tresco (Scilly)SV 892,1509
43. Walney IslandSD 180,67332
2 Country: Scotland 
1. Ailsa CraigNX 019,9964
2. Ardwall IsleNX 571,4932
3. ArranNR 948,35587
4. AuskerryHY 673,1615
5. Barra (inc Vatersay)NF 681,01845
6. BenbeculaNF 815,52043
7. Berneray,0
8. Berneray,0
9. Boreray,0
10. Bressay,0
11. Burray,0
12. ButeNS 066,63157
13. CannaNG 250,05822
14. CollNM 206,58548
15. ColonsayNR 370,93840
16. Copinsay,0
17. Crowlin Islands (Together)NG 691,3438
18. EasdaleNM 736,1713
19. East and West Burra,0
20. Eday,0
21. EiggNM 470,86223
22. Eilean Colm Cille,0
23. EorsaNM 483,3789
24. Eriskay,0
25. Fair Isle,0
26. Fetlar,0
27. Flodday,0
28. Foula,0
29. GairsayHY 442,2229
30. GighaNR 644,49624
31. GometraNm 362,41211
32. Great Bernera,0
33. Great CumbraeNS 169,56716
34. Grimsay,0
35. Handa IslandNC 136,4809
36. Hirta,0
37. Holy IslandNS 060,2998
38. Hoy,0
39. InchmarnockNR 020,5968
40. Insh IslandNM 731,1954
41. IonaNM 275,24315
42. Island of StromaND 353,77310
43. IslayNR 363,614115
44. Isle of MayNT 655,9945
45. Isle of SkyeNG 436,367215
46. JuraNR 551,829102
47. KerreraNM 811,28419
48. Killegray,0
49. Lewis and Harris,0
50. LismoreNM 844,41135
51. Little Bernera,0
52. Little ColonsayNM 376,3694
53. Little CumbraeNS 147,51516
54. LongayNG 658,3104
55. Luing IsleNM 742,10322
56. LungaNM 277,4165
57. Mealasta Island,0
58. Mingulay,0
59. Mousa,0
60. MuckNM 411,79612
61. Muckle Roe,0
62. MullNM 568,357145
63. North Rona,0
64. North Ronaldsay,0
65. North Uist,0
66. Orkney,0
67. OronsayNG 315,3613
68. Out Skerries,0
69. Pabay (Skye)NG 674,2707
70. Pabbay Bheag,0
71. PabbayNF 890,87912
72. Papa Stour,0
73. RaasayNG 568,44848
74. Rabbit Islands(x2)NC 603,6314
75. RonaNG 623,57920
76. Rousay,0
77. RumNM 367,98942
78. Sanda IslandNR 725,0436
79. Sandaig Islands (x4)NG 763,1463
80. Sanday,0
81. Scalpay (Outer Hebrides),0
82. Scalpay (Skye)NG 608,30320
83. Scarba,0
84. Scarp,0
85. SeilNM 760,17919
86. ShapinsayHY 504,18028
87. Shetland,0
88. Shuna IslandNM 916,4916
89. ShunaNM 765,08210
90. SoayNG 447,14214
91. South Ronaldsay,0
92. South Uist,0
93. StaffaNM 324,3553
94. StronsayHY 658,24534
95. Sulisker,0
96. Taransay,0
97. The Old Hill,0
98. TireeNM 003,45248
99. TorsaNM 760,1315
100. Trondra,0
101. UlvaNM 406,40020
102. Unst,0
103. Vatersay,0
104. Vuia Bheag,0
105. Vuia Mhor,0
106. Westray,0
107. Whalsay,0
108. WiayNG 293,3646
109. WyreHY 445,2619
110. Yell,0
3 Country: Wales 
1. AngleseySH 408,806117
2. Bardsey IslandSH 119,2187
3. Caldey IslandSS 138,9668
4. Cardigan IslandSN 160,5152
5. Church Island (Anglesey)SH 551,7171
6. Denny IslandST 458,8101
7. Flat HolmSH 513,2353
8. Grassholm IslandSM 598,0922
9. Holy Island (Anglesey)SH 258,79732
10. Puffin Island (Anglesey)SH 651,8213
11. Ramsey IslandSM 700,2359
12. Skokholm IslandSM 736,0505
13. Skomer IslandSM 725,0938
14. St Tudwal's Island EastSH 341,2592
15. St Tudwal's Island WestSH 334,2522
16. Sully IslandST 167,6692
17. The Skerries (Anglesey)SH 268,9482
4 Country: Northern Ireland 
1. Copeland Island54.40,-5.326
2. Lighthouse Island (Copelands)54.41,-5.312
3. Mew Island (Copelands)54.41,-5.302
4. Rathlin Island55.18,-6.1322
5 Country: Isle of Man 
1. Calf of ManSC 158,6567
2. Isle of ManSC 350,841113
6 Country: Channel Islands 
1. To Follow,0





5 - Islands Completed




Islands CompletedLocnPtsPaddlers
England: 2 completed
1. Brownsea Island (SZ 020,879)(7)(x3)
1. Test_Paddler_Brwn11-Oct-20*12*
2. Test_Paddler2_Brwn05-Nov-207
3. Test_Paddler8_Brwn03-Apr-207
2. Hayling Island (SU 723,016)(21)(x2)
1. Test_JPaddler_Hay09-Jan-20*26*
2. Test_Paddler9_Hay09-Mar-2021
Scotland: 1 completed
1. Ailsa Craig (NX 019,996)(4)(x1)
1. Test_Paddler3_Ailsa12-Apr-20*9*
Wales: 0 completed
 
Northern Ireland: 2 completed
1. Rathlin Island (NR 321,089)(22)(x4)
1. Test_Paddler2_Rath11-Oct-20*27*
2. Test_Paddler4_Rath05-Nov-2022
3. Test_Padller5_Rath03-Apr-2022
4. Test_Paddler6_Rath23-Dec-2022
2. Copeland Island (NW 723,369)(6)(x1)
1. Test_Paddler7_Cop11-Oct-20*11*
Channel Islands: 0 completed
 
Islands Completed: 5Total Paddlers: 11




Paddler Points




PaddlerPts
1. Test_Paddler2_Rath27
2. Test_JPaddler_Hay26
3. Test_Paddler4_Rath22
4. Test_Paddler6_Rath22
5. Test_Padller5_Rath22
6. Test_Paddler9_Hay21
7. Test_Paddler_Brwn12
8. Test_Paddler7_Cop11
9. Test_Paddler3_Ailsa9
10. Test_Paddler2_Brwn7
11. Test_Paddler8_Brwn7










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