North Channel GPS Tarck

Crossings: Irish Sea - North Channel

This route is the shortest crossing of the Irish Sea, on a clear day the destination can be seen for the whole trip. But don't take this route for granted, the complicated tidal flows around the Copeland Islands can make for a few nervous moments, as can the the shipping traffic transiting in or out of the Irish Sea.

Image: North Channel Crossing GPS Track

Irish Sea - North Channel

Route Distance: ~19 nm / 35 km
Prevailing direction: W >> E


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1K1MDavid Horkan03:10:5803-Sep-20DonaghadeePortpatrickRockpool TaranYes
2K1MJohn Willacy03:25:2826-Mar-11PortpatrickDonaghadeeRockpool TaranYesPhotos
3K1MBrian Turnbull03:40:2507-Aug-15PortpatrickDonaghadeeRockpool TaranYesGPS
4K1MBrian Turnbull03:49:1508-Aug-15DonaghadeePortpatrickRockpool TaranYesSailGPS
5K1MDavid Horkan03:51:4330-Aug-15DonaghadeePortpatrickZegul Sea RocketYesBlog
6K1MTadhg De Barra04:09:0016-Jul-10DonaghadeePortpatrickKirton C-Trek--
7(1)K1WCatriona Woods04:28:0015-Aug-17DonaghadeePortpatrickRockpool Tarantella--
8K1MJohn Willacy04:29:5426-Mar-11DonaghadeePortpatrickRockpool TaranYesPhotos
9(2)K1WCatriona Woods04:36:0419-Sep-15DonaghadeePortpatrickValley Nordkapp LV--
10(3)K1WCatriona Woods04:42:0430-Aug-15DonaghadeePortpatrickValley Nordkapp LV--
11(4)K1WCatriona Woods04:53:0005-Jun-13DonaghadeePortpatrickValley Nordkapp LV--
12(5)K1WCatriona Woods04:54:0023-May-19DonaghadeePortpatrickRockpool Tarantella--
13K1MBarry Shaw05:40:0002-Apr-05PortpatrickLarneSKUK Romany--Link1
14K1MJohn Willacy07:52:5917-Apr-12LarneDunaverty BayRockpool TaranYesBlog

14 solo paddlers.


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1K2Jessie Brown /
Will Brown

2TeamWill Brown
Gary McClure
04:25:0204-Jun-17BallywalterPortpatrickRockpool Taran

3TeamCatriona Woods
Patrick Woods
Elaine Alexander
Desi Law
05:04:0004-Jun-17BallywalterPortpatrickRockpool Tarantella
Rockpool Tarantella

4TeamPaul Deering
Brian Deering
05:05:5928-Aug-21DonaghadeePortpatrickVenture Easky 17
Venture Easky 17
5TeamCathal Bagnall
Catriona Woods

6TeamJoanne Campbell
Stephen Campbell
Mark Lindsay
A. McClenaghan
H. LLoyd
Terry McQueen
Robert Montgomery
06:30:0530-Aug-20DonaghadeePortpatrickP+H Scorpio LV
P+H Quest LV
Valley Aquanaut LV
Self-built Double

Valley Avocet

7TeamJohn Chamberlin
Robin Rhodes
06:36:0719-Aug-86LarnePortpatrickP+H Iceflow
Trylon Sea Hawk
8TeamJonny Eldridge
Chris Withers
07:32:0023-May-12PortpatrickLarneRockpool Alaw
Valley Nordkapp
9TeamRichard Harpham
Ollie Jay
07:45:0009-Sep-10Port Ellen
Bull Bay
Rathlin Island
10TeamPhil Clegg
Barry Shaw
Harry Whelan
2005Mull of Kintyre?SKUK Explorer
SKUK Explorer


28 team paddlers in 10 teams


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TeamMartin McClenaghan
Francie Ross
Stephen Smith
John Vance
10:00:0027-Sep-13Ballintoy HarbourPorth Ellen, IslayValley Avocet RM
Valley Avocet RM
P+H Capella RM


4 paddlers in 1 teams

Notes: Various

Martin McClenaghan : (27-Sep-13) / Francie Ross et al.
Alternate Route to the Isle of Islay


Phil Clegg / Barry Shaw et al. (2005)
Part of GB Circumnavigation
Richard Harpham / Ollie Jay et al. (09-Sep-10)
Richard and Ollie continued on to complete the crossing, to land on the 'mainland' at Ballycastle the following morning. Paddling as part of the 'Big 5 Challenge'.
Brian Turnbull : (07-Aug-15)
From Brian:"This was a fantastic day, flat seas if anything a bit hot for the job. Set off with the boiler room working well and on a preplanned course to find my pace was greater than anticipated so a bit of seat of the pants navigation to alter course thinking I was on a better line.....mistake! and lesson the calculations! Anyway I ended up covering over 37 km which sort of spoiled what would have been a cracking time, very happy to find a chip shop right next to the steps in Donaghadee though!"
Brian Turnbull : (08-Aug-15)
Return Journey 8th August - From Brian:"Overnight bivvy in a grassy hollow to the North of Donaghadee and I woke feeling enthusiastic and eager to go. This was a sail assisted crossing and it was my plan to make the whole crossing with the sail deployed however, the wind had other plans! things all got a bit hectic 2/3 rds over and managing a sail and trying to paddle efficiently with a wind blowing stronger and from a different direction from forecast meant it had to be tucked away! So it was down to paddle power for the last hour and a bit of course recovery into wind and tide, job done though."
John Willacy : (26-Mar-11)
Paddled the return journey later the same day.
John Willacy : (17-Apr-12)
Day 5 of GB Circumnavigation
Catriona Woods : (05-Jun-13)
Catriona's attempt is possibly the first for a solo female crossing.

Irish Sea - North Channel
25 completions -- 14 solo + 10 team + 1 escorted
46 paddlers in total (14 solo / 28 team / 4 escorted

Route Distance: ~19 nm / 35 km
Prevailing direction: W >> E
Recorded Start Points: