Crossings: Isle of Man / England

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 England is usually started from St Bees in Cumbria.

Image: Jim Krawiecki and Sean Jesson (Jim Krawiecki)

Snowdonia Watersports

Isle of Man - England

Route Distance: ~27 nm / 50 km
Prevailing direction: E >> W


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1K1MJohn Willacy04:41:2211-Jul-14Point of AyreSt BeesRockpool TaranYes
2K1MJohn Willacy05:46:1410-Jul-14St BeesPoint of AyreRockpool TaranYes
3K1MMartin Whitmill10:00:00?15-Aug-10St Bees?P+H Capella--Link1

3 solo paddlers.
CW = clockwise, CCW = counter-clockwise


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1K2Sean Jesson /
Jim Krawiecki
06:15:0010-May-08St BeesMaughold Head

2TeamAndy Merrick
George Shaw
Daniel Shimmin
06:47:0004-Jun-18Point of AyreSt BeesSKUK Explorer
SKUK Explorer

3TeamAlistair Hornsby
Brennan Waller
07:33:0103-Jul-18St BeesRamseyZegul Velocity
Rockpool Taran
4TeamMike Douglas
Rob Hitchmough
09:15:0025-Jun-10St BeesMaughold HeadTiderace Xcite
P+H Quest LV

9 team paddlers in 4 teams


Mike Douglas / Rob Hitchmough et al. (25-Jun-10)
Rob mentions that he and Mike had always fancied paddling to the I.O.M. This was their first major crossing and "we wanted the paddle to be as enjoyable as possible so we stopped after every 50 minutes for 10 minutes to have a brew and check our course".
Sean Jesson / Jim Krawiecki et al. (10-May-08)
From Jim: "Sean J + Pie + Chips + Beers = Unstoppable 10 horsepower boat engine!") whilst Jim (in the back) took all the pictures and "got awfully tired" watching life go by.
Martin Whitmill : (15-Aug-10)
Martin made the crossing from St Bees with his dog Charlie perched on the front deck of his kayak - surely a first! Perhaps should be in K9 category?

Isle of Man - England
7 completions -- 3 solo + 4 team + 0 escorted
12 paddlers in total (3 solo / 9 team / 0 escorted

Route Distance: ~27 nm / 50 km
Prevailing direction: E >> W
Recorded Start Points: