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Military Ranges

The following text is from Steve Bunston (Capability Manager, MOD Aberporth Range):

Crossing Ministry of Defence (MOD) Ranges

The key challenge for the Range operators is being made aware of your presence. While the temptation may be to revert to stealth tactics and ignore the warnings, to do so could place you and others at serious risk to life and limb. Following the ‘Do’s and Don’t’s’ guide below should help you have a safe and hazard free passage.

Do:

  • Contact Range Control either by phone or VHF a few days ahead of your intended crossing to discuss your proposed route and to ascertain good and bad times to cross.

  • Contact Range Control on the day to confirm your intentions, likely time of entry & exit and to ensure there have not been any changes to Range activity since your previous call.

  • Contact the Range when you exit.

  • Recognise that the Range has a programme to deliver – flexibility and clarity on all sides is the key to safety.

  • ...make fellow kayakers aware of this message!

Don't:

  • ...assume that sticking close to the coast and not contacting Range Control will keep you out of harm. There is a reason why it’s called a Danger Area!

  • ...assume that the Danger Area is safe simply because you can’t see or hear any activity.

  • ...press on regardless if you have been advised it is not safe to enter.

  • ...don’t forget to contact Range Control when you exit.

Thank you for your cooperation.


MOD Aberporth Range

The MOD Aberporth Range has a sea Danger Area which covers a large area of Cardigan Bay. Before setting out on any trip into that area you are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with area. Please refer to the attached map. (It may be larger than you expect - PSK)

Normal Range operating hours are 09:00 hrs until 17:00 hrs Monday to Friday but it does occasionally operate outside these hours and can include weekends. Activity varies on a daily basis and although there will be opportunities to transit through the Danger Area safely, please note that it is a live firing area and for your own safety you will need to contact Range Control on 01239 813480 or VHF Ch16 before entering.

A detailed Range programme is produced every Friday and sets out the schedule for the following two weeks. Your safety, and that of the Range users, is of paramount importance and while Range Control can advise you on which are potentially the best days to transit the Danger Area please note that that the programme can be subject to last minute changes due to unforeseen circumstances. The nature of the activity on the Range, combined with the weather conditions on the day may help, hinder or delay your safe passage.

If you would like further information about the type of activity which takes place at MOD Aberporth, please visit http://www.ltpa.co.uk/site_range/aberporth/index.asp


(A call to the local H.M. Coastguard may also be useful in obtaining details of range usage or contact details. Contact details may also be found in Reeds Nautical Almanac - However, as Steve points out, the contact details within the Nautical Almanac don't always put you in touch with the person you really need to speak to - PSK)


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News

24-Sep-20
Will Stevenson joins the PSK Distance Challenge - 1 hr - 9 km
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21-Sep-20
John Willacy adds a new run to the 1hr Distance Challenge - 18.7 km
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21-Sep-20
Giles Hudson and Matt PArton break the IOW Circ Team Record - 08:22:52
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21-Sep-20
Ian Cooke sets a new record for Walney Island Circumnav - 03:05:13
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21-Sep-20
James Doherty takes a chunk off his IOW Circ - 10:05:39
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21-Sep-20
David Horkan improves on his Achill Island Circumnav time - 06:07:40
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21-Sep-20
David Horkan adds to the 5 hr Distance Challenge - 53.1 km
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16-Sep-20
Llyn Padarn TT 2020 season page added
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11-Sep-20
David Copp and Giles Hudson complete a Portsea Island circumnav: 02:31
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11-Sep-20
Neal Ricketts adds a 19.7 km to the 3 hr Distance Challenge
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11-Sep-20
Dave Cutts adds a season best to the Menai Challenge - 65:35
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11-Sep-20
Russel Wingfield adds a 43 km canal paddle to the 5 hr Challenge - 01 Aug
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07-Sep-20
Simon Augustin adds a 12.7 km PB to the 1hr Distance Challenge
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07-Sep-20
Catriona Woods adds a 11.6 km PB to the 1hr Distance Challenge
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07-Sep-20
Catriona Woods adds two legacy crossings of the North Channel - 2017 and 2019
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07-Sep-20
Clare Sharp adds a Season Best to the Llyn Padarn TT course - 27:57
John Willacy adds a run also - 27:55
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07-Sep-20
Giles Hudson completes an IOW Circumnav - 10:08
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04-Sep-20
David Horkan sets a new record for the North Channel Crossing - 03:10
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04-Sep-20
Team Crossing of the North Channel - Campbell, Campbell, LLoyd, Lindsay, McClenaghan, McQueen and Montgomery
- 06:30
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01-Sep-20
David Horkan adds a 34.5 km to the 3hr Distance Challenge
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01-Sep-20
James Doherty doubles up his IOW Circ to add a 5 hr Distance Challenge - 45.2 km
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01-Sep-20
Pascale Eichenmuller adds a 26.7 km to the 3hr Distance Challenge
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31-Aug-20
James Doherty completes a circumnav of the Isle of Wight - 11:02
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27-Aug-20
Steven Whipp moves up the Distance Challenge Table with a 9.7 km for the 1 hr Challenge
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26-Aug-20
Ian Cooke also adds a further time to the 1 hr Challenge - 12.4 km
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26-Aug-20
Neal Ricketts adds a further time to the 1 hr Challenge - 9.5 km
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23-Aug-20
Counter-Clockwise 2018 Anglesey Circumnav from Bryan Dickinson and Jenny Wong added.
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21-Aug-20
David Horkan joins the PSK Distance Challenge - 12.92 km
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21-Aug-20
Legacy Irish Sea Crossing added - Martin Bell, Adam Waller 1994
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20-Aug-20
John Willacy completes an Anglesey Circumnav
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16-Aug-20
Ian Cooke completes a circumnav of Bute - 08:03
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15-Aug-20
Peter Eichenmuller adds a new run to the 1 hr Distance Challenge - 8.5 km
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15-Aug-20
Simon Augustin adds a further 2 runs to the 1 hr Distance Challenge - one ski and one kayak
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15-Aug-20
James Wingfield adds a new run to the 1 hr Distance Challenge too - 10.29 km
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15-Aug-20
Rich Griffiths Hughes adds a new run to the 1 hr Distance Challenge - 10.2 km
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11-Aug-20
Jonny Eldridge and Dan McGonigle cross overnight from Anglesey to Dublin
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11-Aug-20
Frank Harradence sets a PB for the 1 hr challenge
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11-Aug-20
Detlev Deninger adds his first 2 runs of the Distance Challenge from Särö in Sweden
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09-Aug-20
Rich Griffiths Hughes adds a Menai Challenge run on the Legacy course - 66:18
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09-Aug-20
Steven Whipp improves on his 3hr Distance Challenge - 29.1 km
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09-Aug-20
James Doherty adds a 3hr Distance Challenge - 22.9 km
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09-Aug-20
Nigel Warren improves his 1hr Distance Challenge - 11.1 km
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09-Aug-20
Neal Ricketts joins the PSK Distance Challenge with a 1hr paddle - 8.2 km
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09-Aug-20
Pascale Eichenmuller adds a MC Challenge run - 54:48
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09-Aug-20
Dave Cutts adds a Menai Challenge run on the original Sea Zoo course
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09-Aug-20
Rupert Kirkwood adds 2 more runs out to the Eddystone
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08-Aug-20
Dave Cutts completes a further run of the Menai Chalenge Legacy - 67:30
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28-Jul-20
Nigel Warren adds a 3 hr leg to the Distance Challenge too - 25.7 km
This takes Nigel into the Combined top-ten.
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28-Jul-20
Nigel Warren adds a 5 hr leg to the Distance Challenge - 41.9 km
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28-Jul-20
Jonny Eldridge completes the Malltraeth Madness - 01:57
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26-Jul-20
Eurion Brown also adds to each of the PSK Distance Challenge legs
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26-Jul-20
Eurion Brown completes his 126 km Bristol Channel Loop
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25-Jul-20
Paul Williams joins the Distance Challenge 1 hr - 9.52 km
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24-Jul-20
Alan Cole adds another 3hr run to the Distance Challenge - 24.5 km
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24-Jul-20
Michal Madera completes and IOW Circ - 08:25
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23-Jul-20
Nige Warren heads to the top of the Eddystone Rocks Challenge- 05:27
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22-Jul-20
Rich Griffiths Hughes slides into the Distance Challenge Overall Top 5 - 8.4 km for 1hr
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19-Jul-20
Rich Griffiths Hughes adds his first SUP time to the Menai Challenge: 78:31
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19-Jul-20
Dave Cutts adds his first 2020 time to the Menai Challenge: 71:29
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17-Jul-20
Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy add times to the Llyn Padarn Open TT
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17-Jul-20
Nigel Warren joins the 1hr Distance Challenge - 8.8 km
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17-Jul-20
Clare Sharp adds a time to the Llyn Padarn Open TT
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17-Jul-20
Dave Cutts completes the Ang Masters Stacks Leg - 03:26
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11-Jul-20
Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy add times to the Pen2Puffin TT
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11-Jul-20
Al and Isaac Pipe refresh the Menai Challenge with a run each: 53:22 and 55:35 respectively
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10-Jul-20
Frank Harradence adds another 1hr Distance Challenge - 8.0 km
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09-Jul-20
Alan Cole adds his first 3hr run to the Distance Challenge - 30.1 km
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09-Jul-20
Alan Cole adds a second 1hr Distance Challenge - 13.1 km
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07-Jul-20
Catriona Woods adds her first run to the 3hr Distance Challenge - 31.1 km
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07-Jul-20
Sian Sykes and Aled Wiliams join the 1hr Distance Challenge too - 11.5 km
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07-Jul-20
Michal Madera joins the 1hr Distance Challenge - 14.4 km
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04-Jul-20
Penny Wingfield adds her first run to the 1hr Distance Challenge - 8.6 km
James W also adds a further run -10.2 km
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25-Jun-20
Joe Leach adds his first run to the 1hr Distance Challenge - 11.7 km
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24-Jun-20
Chris Buckton adds his first run to the 1hr Distance Challenge - 9.6 km
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24-Jun-20
Steven Whipp adds another run to the 1hr Distance Challenge - 10.3 km
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23-Jun-20
Ian Cooke ventures into his first 3hr Distance Challenge - 35.8 km
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21-Jun-20
Alan Cole adds his first 1hr Distance Challenge - 11.2 km
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19-Jun-20
Jane and Jeff Parker (Team Trentham) add a 1hr Distance Challenge - 8.2 km
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16-Jun-20
Alan Hunter adds a time to the North Berwick TT - 01:23
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14-Jun-20
Jeff Parker joins the Distance Challenge - 11.6km for 1hr
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12-Jun-20
Jon Needam circumnavigates the Isle of Wight - 09:51
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11-Jun-20
Team Gen X add another time to the Pen2Puffin TT - 03:11
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10-Jun-20
Mark Spruce adds a solo lap of Hayling Island - 02:09
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09-Jun-20
Ian Tindal adds a further crossing to the Eddystone
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08-Jun-20
Ian Cooke adds a 1hr to the PSK Distance Challenge - 11.75 km
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07-Jun-20
Ian Tindal adds a crossing to the Eddystone
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06-Jun-20
Rupert Kirkwood adds 19 crossings to the Eddystone
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01-Jun-20
New page added - Eddystone Rocks!
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31-May-20
Jon Needham and Dave Phillips add a 2016 circ of Isle of Wight.
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30-May-20
Jon Kneedham and Dave Phillips add a circ of Portsea Island.
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27-May-20
Frank Harradence adds his first PSK Distance Challenge run post lockdown
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26-May-20
Volker Gärtner improves on his PSK Distance Challenge 3hr leg - 37.7km
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25-May-20
James Edward Doherty adds his first run to the PSK Distance Challenge - in a kayak he built himself.
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21-May-20
Legacy Crossing of Irish Sea added - Don O Brien, Ciaran Cooke and Sean Cahill - 15 Jul 2013
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06-May-20
M6 Challenge updated with legacy times
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26-Mar-20
Simon Augustin now adds his first run to the 5hr Distance Challenge: 59.9km
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26-Mar-20
Simon Augustin adds his first run to the 3hr Distance Challenge
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22-Mar-20
Rich Griffiths Hughes adds his first SUP run to the PSK Distance Challenge
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21-Mar-20
Simon Augustin adds 2 more runs to the PSK Distance Challenge
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18-Mar-20
Ollie Jay also joins the PSK Distance Challenge - 13.9 km for 1 hr.
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15-Mar-20
Ian Cooke joins the PSK Distance Challenge - 11.3 km for 1 hr.
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21-Sep-20
Isle of Wight Circumnav - Team
Giles Hudson, Matt Parton
08:22:52
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20-Sep-20
Walney Island Circumnav
Ian Cooke
03:05:13
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17-Sep-20
Achill Island Circumnav
David Horkan
06:07:40
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13-Sep-20
Portsea Island Circumnav - Team
David Copp, Giles Hudson
02:31:56
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03-Sep-20
North Channel Crossing
David Horkan
03:10:58
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26-Aug-19
Holy Island Circumnav - Team
Pascale Eichenmuller, John Willacy
03:29:57
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03-Aug-19
Anglesey Circumnav - Team
Nick Arding, Petr Major, Norbert Ziobr
12:57:37
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01-Aug-19
Achill Island Circumnav
David Horkan
06:20:29
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19-Oct-18
Isle of Lundy Crossing - Team
Joe Langham, Joe Leach
02:19:02
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30-Aug-17
North Channel Crossing - Team
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03:54:29
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05-Jul-17
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Norbert Ziobr
18:54:02
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04-Jun-17
North Channel Team
Will Brown, Gary McClure
04:25:02
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25-Mar-17
Jura Circumnav
John Willacy
09:55:40
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11-Oct-16
Scarba Circumnav
John Willacy
01:32:05
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24-Aug-16
Isle of Man Circumnav
John Willacy
10:32:58
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18-Jun-16
North Channel - Team
Cathal Bagnall, Catriona Woods
05:30:32
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11-Jun-16
Bute Circumnav - Team
Richard Peevor, Kamala Sen
08:30:00
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29-May-16
Infinity Loop
Norbert Ziobr
18:02;39
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17-Mar-16
Jura Circumnav
Norbert Ziobr
14:52:00
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13-Oct-15
Isle of Arran Circumnav
John Willacy
09:14:54
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02-Oct-15
Achill Island Circumnav
David Horkan
06:41:32
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31-Jul-15
North Sea -- Nieuwpoort - Ramsgate
Dimitri Vandepooele
17:36:00
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03-Jul-15
Ireland Circumnav
Mick O'Meara
23 days
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02-Jul-15
Lundy - Lee Bay
Tavi Murray
04:09:25
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01-May-15
North Minch Crossing
Norbert Ziobr
07:38:00
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18-Apr-15
Little Minch Crossing
Norbert Ziobr
04:39:00
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23-Mar-15
Isle of Wight Circumnavigation
John Willacy
07:19:46
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11-Sep-14
Anglesey Circumnavigation
John Willacy
09:24:04
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09-Sep-14
Achill Island
Tim Healy, David Horkan
06:52:00
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11-Jul-14
I.O.M - England Crossing
John Willacy
04:41:22
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20-Jun-14
St Kilda Crossing
Eurion Brown,, Alex Wainwright
11:36:00
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30-May-14
Lothian Loop
Brian Turnbull
02:01:58
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13-Jun-14
Holy Island, Anglesey
John Willacy
02:55:45
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07-Jun-14
Pladda
Simon Crabtree
00:12:41
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30-Apr-14
Scotland - Isle of Man
John Willacy
03:34:00
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19-Apr-14
Isle of Bute
John Willacy
05:34:00
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24-Nov-14
Hayling Island Circumnavigation
Paul Krysik
02:02:12
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04-Dec-13
Holy Island
David Attenborough
04:18:39
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28-Sep-13
Isle of Arran
Brian Turnbull
10:21:36
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09-Sep-13
Anglesey Circumnav Team
Elan Winter +, Stuart Yendle
13:05:35
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03-Sep-13
Lundy - England
John Willacy
01:59:12
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31-Aug-13
UK Mainland + Ireland
Andy + Jane Morton
143
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22-Jul-13
Isle of Anglesey
Justine Curgenven
10:08:47
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19-Jul-13
Walney Island
Peter Hart +, Keith Longney
03:21:58
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20-Jun-13
Northern Ireland - I.O.M.
Catriona Woods
08:55:0
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09-Jun-13
Isle of Bute
Brian Turnbull
06:16:00
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05-Jun-13
North Channel
Catriona Woods
04:53:00
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20-May-13
Land's End - John O'Groats
Glyn Brackenbury
32 days
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12-Feb-13
Holy Island, Anglesey
Pete Evans, Steve Miles
05:00:00
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08-Aug-12
Northern Ireland - England
Conor, Murray
21:06:50
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28-Jul-12
Republic of Ireland - Anglesey
B. Fanning,, M. O'Meara
10:22:00
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15-Apr-12
Isle of Man - Northern Ireland
John, Willacy
07:26:00
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