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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

13-May-21
Caroline Dawson completes the first run of the new Swellies SUP Challenge
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13-May-21
Michael O'Farrel adds Ireland's Eye
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13-May-21
Nigel Warren adds Eastern Black Rocks and Mew Stone
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11-May-21
Natalie Maderova and Michal Madera lap Canvey Island
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10-May-21
Neal Ricketts adds Burgh Island
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08-May-21
Catriona Woods adds further islands from Strangford Lough
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08-May-21
Catriona Woods adds Inishtrahull, Ireland's most northerly island(?)
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07-May-21
Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy round Holy Island - 03:50
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06-May-21
Nigel Warren adds Beggar's Island
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04-May-21
Nigel Warren and Neal Ricketts add Tintagel Head
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04-May-21
Clare Sharp repeats Ynys Dulas
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01-May-21
Neil Lutas added to the IOW Circ, team run with Rhys Hunt
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30-Apr-21
James Doherty joins the 1000 Islands Challenge
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30-Apr-21
James Doherty joins the 100k Day table
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30-Apr-21
James Doherty laps the IOW 09:02
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30-Apr-21
Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy set a new Team record for Walney Circumnav - 03:09
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27-Apr-21
Will Stevenson adds 3 more islands from Strangford Lough
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27-Apr-21
Rhys Hunt rounds the IOW once again - 07:31
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26-Apr-21
John Willacy improves on the Walney Island circ record - 02:51:56
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24-Apr-21
Kate Duffus Skye circ also top the 1000 Islands table
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24-Apr-21
Kate Duffus circumnavigates Skye - 63:37 - new record!
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22-Apr-21
Ian Cooke completes the 100K Day challenge
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22-Apr-21
Catriona Woods adds 15 islands from Strangford Lough
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21-Apr-21
Glyn Brackenbury completes a Lundy crosing - 02:07
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21-Apr-21
Nigel Warren adds another run to the Eddystone Rocks Challenge
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21-Apr-21
Kate Duffus adds Fladaigh Cuain
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18-Apr-21
Jenny Wong and Bryan Dickinson complete the Anglesey Masters - 3 Mice
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18-Apr-21
Tavi Murray and James Pigdon add komer and Midland Isle
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17-Apr-21
Eurion Brown adds Ramsey and others too the 1000 Islands
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15-Apr-21
Mike Martin adds Rum to the 1000 Islands
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15-Apr-21
Michael O'Farrell joins the 1000 Islands with Rockabill, Lambay, Shenick, Colt and St Patrick's islands
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14-Apr-21
Clare Sharp laps Llanddwyn Island.
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14-Apr-21
Kate Bent joins the 1000 Islands, with Caldey and St Margaret's
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14-Apr-21
Pat Rodgers breaks the 300 pts barrier
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13-Apr-21
Steve Miles, Dave Cutts, Tavi Murray, Eurion Brown, Jenny Wong, Pat Rodgers, William Stevenson, Rich Griffiths Hughes, James Pigdon, Bryan Dickinson and Nigel Warren add various islands!
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09-Apr-21
Catriona Woods adds 15 isles to the 1000 Islands
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09-Apr-21
Rhys Hunt and Neil Lutas circumnav the Isle of Wight
This gives Neil his first 1000 Islands points too
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08-Apr-21
Mike Martin adds Muck to the 1000 Islands
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08-Apr-21
Neal Ricketts adds Hackney Marshes
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08-Apr-21
Pat Rodgers adds more to the Islands Challenge
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07-Apr-21
Neal Ricketts joins the 1000 Islands Challenge with Drake's Island
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06-Apr-21
Steve Miles adds various Swellies islands
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06-Apr-21
Mark Tait joins the 1000 Islands Challenge from Perth, Australia
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05-Apr-21
Tavi Murray adds Burry Holms
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05-Apr-21
Dave Cutts and Kathy Webb add The Skerries
Dave also completes West Mouse
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05-Apr-21
Steve Miles adds Middle Mouse
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04-Apr-21
Clare Sharp rounds Ynys Dulas and Ynys Moelfre too
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04-Apr-21
Kate Duffus adds various Summer Isles
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04-Apr-21
Bryan Dickinson and Jenny Wong add the Tudwals.
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04-Apr-21
Zoe Newsam joins the 1000 Islands Challenge with Isle Martin
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04-Apr-21
Dave Cutts adds East Mouse
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04-Apr-21
Paul Barrett and Rhys Hunt circumnav Portsea Island.
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02-Apr-21
Stewart Thorp completes laps of Brownsea and Gigger's Islands for the Islands Challenge
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02-Apr-21
Steve Miles joins the Islands Challenge with various Anglesey islands.
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02-Apr-21
John Willacy completes his 10th Anglesey Circumnav
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01-Apr-21
Simon Waller circumnavigates Hayling Island - 02:16
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01-Apr-21
Michal Madera adds a massive 167 km to the 100k Day Challenge
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01-Apr-21
Bryan Dickinson adds Llanddwyn Island to the Islands Challenge
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01-Apr-21
Pat Rodgers adds more to the Islands Challenge
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30-Mar-21
Rhys Hunt rounds the IOW - 07:31
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28-Mar-21
Stewart Thorp joins the 1000 Islands Challenge
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27-Mar-21
Tom Mason joins the D=istance Challenge with 3 runs - including a >16 km
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26-Mar-21
Ian Cooke improves on his 5hr Distance Challenge - 47.23 km
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26-Mar-21
Pat Rodgers adds more to the Islands Challenge
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26-Mar-21
Dave Cutts also laps various Swellies islands for the 1000 Islands
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24-Mar-21
Clare Sharp adds Rhoscolyn Beacon and Ynys Traws to the 1000 Islands
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24-Mar-21
Eurion Brown joins the 1000 Islands Challenge with Sully, Flat Holm and Steep Holm
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22-Mar-21
Bryan Dickinson adds various Swellies islands to the 1000 Islands
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22-Mar-21
Bryan Dickinson and Jenny Wong add join the 1000 Islands with Puffin Island
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22-Mar-21
Dave Cutts completes the Pen2Puffin TT - 02:27:44
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19-Mar-21
Clare Sharp joins the 1000 Islands Challenge - Ynys Feirig and Ynys Meibion
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19-Mar-21
Pat Rodgers adds more to the Islands Challenge
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19-Mar-21
Detlev Deninger improves on his 1hr Distance Challenge - 7.75 km
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19-Mar-21
Pascale Eichenmuller joins the 1000 Islands Challenge with 7 islands
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19-Mar-21
Kate Duffus increases her 1000 Islands tally
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16-Mar-21
Tavi Murray joins the Islands Challenge with The Mumbles
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16-Mar-21
Pat Rodgers joins the Islands Challenge
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11-Mar-21
Tony Sullivan adds a return to Brownsea
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10-Mar-21
Nigel Warren completes a 100K Day - on his Ergo!
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08-Mar-21
Bob Perry improves on his Ergo Challenge once again - to go top
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07-Mar-21
Ciara Harrington adds another lap of Inishlackan and inishnee to the Islands Challenge
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06-Mar-21
Ciara Harrington returns to Inishnee for the Islands Challenge
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06-Mar-21
Ciara Harrington adds Inishlackan to the Islands Challenge
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06-Mar-21
Jon Needham completes a circumnav of Portsea Island - 02:21
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04-Mar-21
Kate Duffus adds Raasay to the Islands Challenge - 50 pts
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02-Mar-21
Pascale Eichenmuller joins the Ergo Challenge
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02-Mar-21
Kate Duffus adds 2 more islands to the Islands Challenge
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01-Mar-21
Alan Hunter also completes 3 more islands laps out of North Berwick
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01-Mar-21
Kate Duffus adds 3 more islands to the Islands Challenge
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28-Feb-21
Tony Sullivan adds Gigger's Island to the Islands Challenge
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28-Feb-21
Michal Madera completes the 100k Day Challenge also
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27-Feb-21
Nigel Warren completes the 100k Day Challenge
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24-Feb-21
Bob Perry adds another paddle to the Ergo Challenge
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24-Feb-21
Rich Griffiths Hughes improves on his 2021 1hr Distance Challenge - 8.6 km
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17-Feb-21
Mike Chandler joins the 1000 Islands Challenge with a sneaky lap of Newark Island
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13-Feb-21
Nige Warren adds another paddle to the Ergo Challenge
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12-Feb-21
Nige Warren adds a paddle to the Ergo Challenge
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08-Feb-21
Rich Griffiths Hughes adds a 1hr Distance Challenge - 7.6 km
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07-Feb-21
Tony Sullivan adds Round Island and a return to Brownsea
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06-Feb-21
The PSK Ergo Challenge added
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04-Feb-21
Natalie Maderova and Michal Madera loop Olympic Park, Isle of Dogs and Channelsea Island
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Recent Records

30-Apr-21
Walney Island Circumnav
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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18-Oct-20
Achill Island Circumnav
Mick O'Meara
06:06:04
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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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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
Jessie Brown, Will Brown
03:54:29
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05-Jul-17
Islay Circumnav
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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Upcoming Events

01-Jan-21
PSK Islands Challenge
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