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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

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
Michal Madera completes the 100k Day Challenge also
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28-Feb-21
Tony Sullivan adds Gigger's Island to the Islands Challenge
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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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01-Feb-21
Tony Sullivan adds Furzey and Green Islands to the Islands Challenge
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29-Jan-21
James Doherty improves on his 1hr leg for the Distance Challenge - 10.39 km
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25-Jan-21
Kate Duffus adds another run to the Islands Project
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25-Jan-21
Tony Sullivan joins the Islands Project, adding Brownsea Island
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24-Jan-21
Kevin O Sullivan adds two more runs to the Islands Project
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24-Jan-21
Kate Duffus adds 4 more runs to the Islands Project
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22-Jan-21
Legacy News: Kevin O Sullivan completes a solo Ireland Cirumnav 2017-2019
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22-Jan-21
Alan Hunter adds 3 more islands to the Islands Project
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21-Jan-21
Update to page and info for Islands Project
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17-Jan-21
Rhys Hunts doubles up with his IOW lap taking him to the top of the Islands points table
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17-Jan-21
Rhys Hunt completes a winter circumn of the IOW - 08:30
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17-Jan-21
Tim Sims joins the Islands Project with a lap of Borough Marsh (St Patrick's Stream)
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11-Jan-21
Kevin O Sullivan adds the first Irish island - St Patrick's Island to the Islands Challenge
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11-Jan-21
Alan Hunter adds Bass Rock to the Islands Challenge
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11-Jan-21
Natalie Maderova and Michal Madera add the Isle of Dogs to the Islands Challenge
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09-Jan-21
Mike Martin adds Luinga Mhor to the Islands Challenge
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09-Jan-21
Graham Bell adds Great Cumbrae to the Islands Challenge 06/01/21
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08-Jan-21
Michal Madera adds Olympic Park to the Islands Challenge.
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08-Jan-21
Michal Madera adds a 1hr Distance Challenge - 9.24 km
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06-Jan-21
Mike Martin adds a further 18 pts to his Islands Challenge with a circumnav of Eilean Shona.
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06-Jan-21
Kate Duffus adds 2 more islands - Pabay and The Crowlins.
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06-Jan-21
Ralph Baker adds a 1hr Distance Challenge - 26-Sep-20 - 14.25 km
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05-Jan-21
Mike Martin joins the Islands Challenge - Eigg.
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05-Jan-21
Phil Smith and Simon Waller also add their circumnav to the Hayling Island page - 04:00:04
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04-Jan-21
Crayston Renner adds his first PSK circumnav (Piel Island) to the Islands Challenge.
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04-Jan-21
Phil Smith and Simon Waller add a circumnav of Hayling Island to the Islands Challenge.
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04-Jan-21
James Doherty improves on his 1hr Distance Challenge - 9.5 km
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03-Jan-21
Michal Madera adds a 1hr Distance Challenge too - 13.4 km
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03-Jan-21
Natalie Maderova adds a 1hr Distance Challenge too - 12.1 km
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02-Jan-21
Natalie Maderova and Michal Madera also complete a circumnav of Two Tree Island
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02-Jan-21
Kate Duffus circumnavigates Soay to add the 2nd entry to the Islands Challenge.
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01-Jan-21
Kate Duffus circumnavigates Scalpay to be the first on the Islands Challenge!
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01-Jan-21
Islands Challenge now up and running!
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28-Dec-20
Michal Madera adds a 1hr Distance Challenge too - 13.81 km
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24-Dec-20
Neil Turnbull joins the Distance Challenge with 14.2 km for the 1 hr
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19-Dec-20
Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy both add Llyn Padarn TT Open times
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13-Dec-20
Pascale Eichenmuller adds another 1 hr Dist Chall too - 9.81 km
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13-Dec-20
Ian Cooke adds another 1 hr Dist Chall - 13.51 km
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10-Dec-20
New islands added to the PSK Islands Challenge!
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08-Dec-20
Steve Miles completes the Anglesey Masters Challenge
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28-Nov-20
New - PSK Islands Challenge launched!
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28-Nov-20
100k Day Challenge added to Distance Challenge
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20-Nov-20
Neal Ricketts improves on his 3hr Distance Challenge run - 28.6 km
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19-Nov-20
Llyn Padarn TT Race 3 times up
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17-Nov-20
** The new PSK Islands Challenge is launched **
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15-Nov-20
Ian Cooke completes the 65km M6 Challenge - 07:58
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11-Nov-20
Jeff Parker adds another Distance Challenge 1hr - 10.06 km - Lake Windermere
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09-Nov-20
Jeff Parker improves on his Distance Challenge 1hr - 14.26km
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31-Oct-20
Ian cooke completes a 5hr Distance Challenge - 42km
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30-Oct-20
Tom Turcan, Joe Langham, Dave Johnson and Simon Alderdice circumnavigate the Isle of Sheppey - 05:49
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28-Oct-20
Anita Suter also adds a 1hr Distance Challenge - 10.65km
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28-Oct-20
Anita Suter and Sarah Zurbr├╝gg-Greenaway join the Distance Challenge - 27km - 3hrs
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27-Oct-20
Pascale Eichenmuller adds a Menai Challenge time - 63:12
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27-Oct-20
Llyn Padarn TT Race 2 results up
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27-Oct-20
Legacy time from Ralph Baker addded for Portsea Circumnav - 01:59
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21-Oct-20
Nigel Warren improves on his 1hr Distance Challenge - 12.13km
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20-Oct-20
Mick O'Meara sets a new record for the Achill Island Circ - 06:06
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19-Oct-20
Eurion Brown and James Pigdon add a run each to the Distance Challenge 1hr - 15km and 14.6km respectively
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19-Oct-20
Catriona Woods sets a PB for her Achill Island Circumnav time - 08:33:23
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19-Oct-20
MattParton also adds a time to the Hayling Island circ - 02:06
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18-Oct-20
Elliot Goddard and Aaron White add their first Distance Challenge - 53.5km for the 5 hr
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18-Oct-20
John Willacy completes another Anglesey Circumnav - 11:12 CCW
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18-Oct-20
Giles Hudson adds a fast time to the Hayling Island circ - 02:01
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11-Oct-20
Rich Griffiths Hughes adds a run to the Menai Challenge Legacy 74:57
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09-Oct-20
Pascale Eichenmuller adds a season best to the Menai Challenge 53:31
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02-Oct-20
Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy add new times to the Llyn Padarn TT Open - 28:23 and 25:31
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29-Sep-20
Tom Turcan adds a new run to the Hayling Island Circumnav - 02:12
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25-Sep-20
John Willacy sets a new record for Walney Island Circumnav - 02:53:09
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24-Sep-20
Will Stevenson joins the PSK Distance Challenge - 9 km
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21-Sep-20
David Horkan adds to the 5 hr Distance Challenge - 53.1 km
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21-Sep-20
John Willacy adds a 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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16-Sep-20
Llyn Padarn TT 2020 season page added
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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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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
David Copp and Giles Hudson complete a Portsea Island circumnav: 02:31
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07-Sep-20
Giles Hudson completes an IOW Circumnav - 10:08
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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
Catriona Woods adds two legacy crossings of the North Channel - 2017 and 2019
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07-Sep-20
Simon Augustin adds a 12.7 km PB to the 1hr Distance Challenge
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Recent Records

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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