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SAFETY

The spectrum of challenges represented on this website is wide and varied. These challenges appeal to individuals for many reasons, not least is the one of pushing the limits of knowledge, skill and stamina. In this modern world it is a draw for many to add serious challenge and adventure to life and to find where such limits lie.

We display the details, for all to see, of those who have undertaken such ventures - but no more than that.

We do not endorse, condone or encourage the undertaking of any of the records, challenges, time-trials, events or other activities you may find on the Performance Sea Kayak website.

It should be perfectly obvious that such endeavours bring with them risk and at times a not inconsiderable risk. The ocean can very rapidly become a dangerous, life-threatening place. It has no sentimentality, conscience or respect for reputation.

If you consider undertaking such a paddle then you must ensure that you fully understand, appreciate and accept the risks involved. You need to take entire responsibility for your actions and for the safety of yourself and any others involved.

The sea is no place for the ill-prepared, the complacent or those with limited knowledge.

If you are not FULLY confident in your abilities and preparation then do not go!

If you have ANY doubts whatsoever about your trip then do not go!



SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Crossings:

Crossings are committing activites that by definition take you away from safety. Any paddler undertaking such an activity has to be fully self sufficient in all areas, but especially in the area of safety. Any assistance may be a considerable time away. The open sea has significant tidal flows and conditions are greatly affected by wind and weather - what you see from the beach is likely to be significantly different from what you find further offshore. Any paddler undertaking any crossing needs to have an extensive amount of skill, knowledge and experience of open water paddling.

If you are considering a solo crossing of any sort then you should not even need to consider reading a page on safety...

Circumnavigations:

While Circumnavigations may not seem as exposed or seem to carry the same element of risk as a crossing, do not underestimate coastal paddling. Many and prolonged stretches of the UK + Irish coastlines are remote and a long way from assistance. Tidal flows can be significant and can seriously affect conditions very close to the shore. Conditions can change very quickly: headland conditions, tide races, overfalls and wind-over-tide can all occur close to shore.

Menai Challenge:

This a local time-trial which takes place on the Menai Straits. While we record paddlers times for their MC attempts, the Menai Challenge (MC) is an unsupervised standing challenge. Any paddler who undertakes the MC needs to take full and entire responsibility for their personal safety and conduct whilst preparing for or whilst undertaking the MC. We strongly suggest a site specific risk assemssment is carried out by each individual before getting on the water; an ongoing dynamic assessment should be undertaken whilst paddling - conditions can and do change quickly. Again we do not condone or recommend this paddling activity in any way.

MC Info/Safety

Time Trials:

PSK also records times for various Time-Trials (TT) undertaken in a number of locations around the UK - such as the Falmouth Triangle, the Lothian Loop etc. These are used as training devices by individual paddlers and have been designed as such by those individuals. They are no more than that, paddling sessions set locally by sea paddlers. They are NOT endorsed, vetted or checked in any way by National Governing Bodies, HM Coastguard or any other authority - not at all. We record the paddler times and no more. In most cases we have not paddled these TT courses ourselves and make no claim at all for the safety or suitability of any of them. Before you attempt them you should contact the local paddlers involved for further information. NOTE: Some of these TTs also carry an element of open water paddling and challenging conditions.

Events:

We display details of various organised events also. Once again we make no claim to the safety or suitability of these events. It is down to the individual to make an assessment of the suitablity and competence of the organisation of these events. Any paddler should take time to read and understand any safety notices and rules given by the organiser and abide by them.

SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Military Ranges

Info Page: Safety - Military Ranges

News

28-Jun-22
Dave Cutts and Kathy Webb add Carreg yr Honwy and Maen Mellt
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28-Jun-22
Jon Needham rounds Portsea Island - 02:43
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28-Jun-22
Michal Madera and Natalie Maderova add various from River Thams and Medway
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28-Jun-22
Ralph Baker sets a new standard for the Eddystone Rocks TT - 03:40:30
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28-Jun-22
Neal Ricketts adds Chapel Rock, Severn Estuary
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21-Jun-22
Marcus Redfern rounds Hayling Island - 03;37:45
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21-Jun-22
Ian Cooke adds Hartlepool and Durham to the Coastal Counties Challenge
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21-Jun-22
Fred Curtin-Sewell adds Old Harry
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21-Jun-22
Peter Miller rounds Hayling Island and adds varios from Langstone Harbour
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21-Jun-22
Sylvia Knight adds Ilha da Culatra
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14-Jun-22
Ian Cooke completes a 100K Day - 102.93 km
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14-Jun-22
Giles Hudson and Rhys Hunt lap the Isle of Wight - 07:39:34
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14-Jun-22
Andy Ironside completes a further lap of Portsea - 03:31:30
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14-Jun-22
Zoe O'Connell and Sylvia Knight add Portugal to the 1000 Islands Challenge with Isla de Martinhal
Sylvia also completes Ilha da Barretta
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09-Jun-22
Richard Hughes adds one lap of Ynys Benlas - 1000 Islands Challenge
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08-Jun-22
Dan McGonigle circumnavigates Bure: 07:21
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08-Jun-22
Mike Conroy adds a lap of Lundy Island - 1000 Islands Challenge
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08-Jun-22
Ben Cowans adds a further lap of Hayling Island - 1000 Islands Challenge
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01-Jun-22
Eddie Murray laps Great Island - 03:39:37
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01-Jun-22
Neal Ricketts joins the 2022 - 1000 Islands Challenge with a lap of The Island
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30-May-22
Ciaran Usher laps Great Island - 03:42:44
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29-May-22
Dave Cutts and Kathy Webb add various from the Slate Isles - 1000 Islands Challenge
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29-May-22
Scott Bekker adds Hart-Miller Island and Pleasure Island in Chesapeake Bay - 1000 Islands Challenge
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29-May-22
Jon Needham completes a further lap of Hayling Island - 02:19
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23-May-22
Andy Ironside completes his first solo lap of Hayling Island - 03:22
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23-May-22
Nigel Warren sets a new PB and new record for the Eddystone Rocks TT
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23-May-22
New Circumnav/TT page launched for Great Island in Cork Harbour
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19-May-22
Daniel Shimmin and George Shaw paddle from the IOM to the Walney Extension Wind FArm - 65 km - 08:57
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18-May-22
Elizabeth Cannon sets a PB on the Osea Island TT
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18-May-22
Pen Goodber completes a circumnav of Wales - 1101 days
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17-May-22
Chris Buckton completes a 3hr leg of the Distance Challenge - 24.1 km
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17-May-22
Michael O'Farrell adds Great Island + various to the 1000 Islands Challenge
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17-May-22
Simon Champ also adds Great Island to the 1000 Islands Challenge
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17-May-22
Dave Cutts and Kathy Webb add The Stacks and Dave adds Middle Mouse to the 1000 Islands
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17-May-22
Pablo Ramita de Avellano joins the Distance Challenge with a 1hr leg - 9.46 km
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17-May-22
Jon Needham sets another PB with a lap of Hayling Island - 02:14
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17-May-22
Henning de Haas adds Møgelø and Illumø to the 1000 Islands Challenge
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17-May-22
Simon Champ adds another Great Island to the 1000 Islands Challenge
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06-May-22
Peter Miller and Andy Ironside add a lap of Portsea Island
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06-May-22
Ben Cowans adds a lap of Hayling Island
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06-May-22
Ben Cowans adds a lap of Hayling Island
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06-May-22
Ben Cowans and Phil Smith circumnav the IOW - 11:54:39
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06-May-22
Dave Cutts completes a run of the Menai Challenge - Challenge Course - 54:36 - a new PB
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06-May-22
Pable Ramita de Avellano adds various islands from Chile to 1000 Islands
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05-May-22
Mike Conroy completes an Anglesey Circumnav - 18:53:21
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04-May-22
Charles Daly adds Garnish to 1000 Islands
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04-May-22
Eurion Brown adds Ramsey + various to 1000 Islands
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04-May-22
Dave Cutts completes a run of the Menai Challenge - 73:04
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04-May-22
Jon Needham sets another PB with a lap of Hayling Island - 02:15
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04-May-22
Charles Daly adds a 3 hr run to the Distance Challenge - 22.4km
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04-May-22
Glenn Sutcliffe completes a lap of Walney Island - 03:48:26
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30-Apr-22
Pascale Eichenmuller completes a lap of Walney Island - 03:21:23
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30-Apr-22
John Willacy completes a lap of Walney Island - 02:50:32
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26-Apr-22
Paul Barrett and Rhys Hunt lap Hayling and Brownsea, and paddle between the two over 2 days
Counties Challenge
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26-Apr-22
Ben Cowans, Fred Curtin-Sewell and Phil Smith complete a lap of Portsea and Hayling Islands
Peter Miller joins them for Hayling
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26-Apr-22
Charles Daly adds a run to the 1hr Distance Challenge - 9.11km
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26-Apr-22
Mike Conroy also completes the 100K Day Challenge - 100.07 km
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26-Apr-22
Mike Conroy completes another paddle to the Eddystone Lighthouse
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21-Apr-22
Elizabeth Cannon completes a nother lap of Mersea Island
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21-Apr-22
Jon Needham set a PB with a lap of Hayling Island - 02:17
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19-Apr-22
Kathy Webb and Dave Cutts add Isola Piana and Isola Foradada to 1000 Islands Challenge
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19-Apr-22
Simon Turnbull joins the 1000 Islands Challenge with both Tudwal islands.
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19-Apr-22
Henning de Haas brings Denmark to the 1000 Islands Challenge with Hjarnø.
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19-Apr-22
Rhys Hunt and Paul Barrett paddle a lap of the Isle of Sheppey
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19-Apr-22
Chris Wade completes a circumnav of Walney Island - 03:23:38
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19-Apr-22
Phil Smith and Fred Curtin-Sewell complete a circumnav of IOW - 10:25:38
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19-Apr-22
Dave Phillips and Jon Needham complete a circumnav of IOW - 02:23:14
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14-Apr-22
Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy add Conwy county to the Coastal Counties Challenge
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14-Apr-22
Simon Champ joins the 1000 Islands with Great Island.
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05-Apr-22
Eurion Brown adds a lap of Flat Holm and one of Sully Island to the 1000 Islands
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05-Apr-22
Kathy Webb and Dave Cutts add a lap of Isola Rossa to the 1000 Islands
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05-Apr-22
Jon Needham completes a lap of Hayling Island - 02:24
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02-Apr-22
James Gerrie joins the PSK Distance Challenge with a 5hr leg - 39.4 km
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01-Apr-22
Glenn Sutcliffe adds a lap of Bute to the 1000 Islands.
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29-Mar-22
Michael O'Farrell adds Colt, Shenick, St.Patricks islands and also Rockabill to the 1000 Islands.
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29-Mar-22
John Willacy completes his 11th circumnav of Anglesey
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22-Mar-22
Steve King joins the 2022 Islands Challenge with Breinton Island.
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22-Mar-22
Fred Curtin-Sewell adds a lap of Hayling Island.
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22-Mar-22
Elizabeth Cannon adds a lap of Mersea Island.
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22-Mar-22
Ian Cooke adds Flintshire and Denbighshire to the Counties Challenge.
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22-Mar-22
Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy add Gwynedd to the Counties Challenge.
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20-Mar-22
Llyn Padarn TT - Final Race of 21/22 results added
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20-Mar-22
Elizabeth Cannon adds Horsey island to the 1000 Islands 2022
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14-Mar-22
Kris D'Aout adds a 1hr run to the Distance Challenge - 14.1 km
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14-Mar-22
Orlando Navarro adds Isla Huelmo and a return to Isla Tautil - 1000 Islands Challenge
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14-Mar-22
Elizabeth Cannon adds Ray Island to the 1000 Islands Challenge
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06-Mar-22
Glenn Sutcliffe completes a circ of Rona
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02-Mar-22
Glenn Sutcliffe completes a circ of Raasay
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01-Mar-22
Pablo Ramita de Avellano adds two more to the 1000 Islands
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01-Mar-22
Llyn Padarn Race 6 times are up
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17-Feb-22
John Willacy adds a run to the Menai Challenge 2022 - 62:13
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17-Feb-22
Orlando Navarro joins the 2022 Islands Challenge - with Isla Tenglo and Isla Maillen.
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13-Feb-22
Kathy Webb and Dave Cutts add various from The Swellies.
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13-Feb-22
Pascale Eichenmuller adds a 1hr Distance Challenge run - 9.96 km
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12-Feb-22
John Willacy completes the M6 Challenge - 07:41
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31-Jan-22
Catch-up with islands added to 1000 Islands Challenge 2021 for Catriona Woods
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31-Jan-22
Charles Daly joins the 1000 Islands Challeng, with Lousy Castle Island.
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30-Jan-22
Kathy Webb and Dave Cutts add Rhoscolyn Beacon to the 1000 Islands
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30-Jan-22
Richard Hughes returns us to the Black Rock Dash - 50:42
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30-Jan-22
Glyn Brackenbury complets a return crossing to Lundy - 02:13
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25-Jan-22
Michael O'Farrell adds Spike and Lambay Islands to the 1000 Islands
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Recent Records

22-Jun-22
Eddystone Rocks Challenge
Ralph Baker
03:40:30
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29-Apr-22
Walney Island Circumnav
John Willacy
02:50:32
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16-Apr-22
Portsea Island Circumnav - Team
Jon Needham, Dave Phillips
02:23:14
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13-Nov-21
Isle of Bute Circumnav - Team
Pascale Eichenmuller, John Willacy
06:46:02
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10-Nov-21
Portsea Island Circumnav
Brendan Reese
01:58:08
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29-Oct-21
River Shannon Descent
Shane Young
41:19:12
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09-Oct-21
Isle of Wight Circumnav
John Willacy
07:02:22
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17-Sep-21
Hayling Island Circumnav
Brendan Reese
01:57:50
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20-Jun-21
Skye Circumnav
John Willacy
54:22:10
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06-Jun-21
Wales Circumnav
Glyn Brackenbury
12 days
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30-Apr-21
Walney Island Circumnav - Team
Pascale Eichenmuller, John Willacy
03:08:54
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26-Apr-21
Walney Island Circumnav
John Willacy
02:51:56
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23-Apr-21
Isle of Skye Circumnav
Kate Duffus
63:37:00
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18-Oct-20
Isle of Wight Circumnav - Team
Simon Alderdice, Joe Langham
07:25:41
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23-Sep-20
Walney Island Circumnav
John Willacy
02:53:09
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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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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 Ziober
12:57:37
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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
Jessie Brown, Will Brown
03:54:29
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05-Jul-17
Islay Circumnav
Norbert Ziober
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 Ziober
18:02;39
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17-Mar-16
Jura Circumnav
Norbert Ziober
14:52:00
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13-Oct-15
Isle of Arran Circumnav
John Willacy
09:14:54
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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 Ziober
07:38:00
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18-Apr-15
Little Minch Crossing
Norbert Ziober
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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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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