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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

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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13-Mar-20
Catriona Woods adds another run to the PSK Distance Challenge - 10.83 km for 1 hr.
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05-Mar-20
Simon Augustin joins the PSK Distance Challenge with 3 new times
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05-Mar-20
Alan Hunter adds a time to the North Berwick TT
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01-Mar-20
Llyn Padarn TT Race 6 times up.
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25-Feb-20
Brian Turnbull completes his 3hr leg of the PSK Distance Challenge.
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20-Feb-20
James Wingfield adds his first entry to the PSK Distance Challenge.
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06-Feb-20
Steve Miles adds another time to the Beacon TT for the Anglesey Masters Challenge + PSK Distance Challenge.
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21-Jan-20
Llyn Padarn TT results updated.
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18-Jan-20
Dave Cutts also completes the Beacon TT for the Anglesey Masters Challenge.
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18-Jan-20
Dave Cutts adds a 1hr leg to the PSK Distance Challenge - moving into 4th place.
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13-Jan-20
Brian Turnbull improves on his PSK Distance Challenge - 18.15 km for 1 hr.
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29-Dec-19
Catriona Woods also adds a second run to the PSK Distance Challenge - 10.40 km for 1 hr.
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21-Dec-19
Jane Parker also adds her name to the PSK Distance Challenge - 6.11 km for 1 hr.
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15-Dec-19
Llyn Paddarn TT - Race 4 results up
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07-Dec-19
Sarah Horton completes a circumnav of Anglesey, assisted by Geth Roberts - 3yr 187 days
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07-Dec-19
Catriona Woods also adds her name to the PSK Distance Challenge - 10.82 km for 1 hr.
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06-Dec-19
Brian Turnbull adds his name to the PSK Distance Challenge - 16.84 km for 1 hr.
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05-Nov-19
Paul Williams adds a time to the Llyn Padarn TT - 29:54
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05-Nov-19
Correction to the Ireland Circumnav for Jeff Allen/Harry Whelan - should show 25 days
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29-Oct-19
Details of Jörgen Kard's Gotland Circumnav added
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29-Oct-19
Results for Llyn Padarn TT Race 2 added
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29-Oct-19
Details of Pat Rodgers Ireland Circumnav (1997) corrected
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28-Oct-19
A 1981 crossing from Alderney to Swanage added - Bouteloup, Bouteloup, Hurley, Hickey and Mansell
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26-Sep-19
Steve Miles joins the PSK Distance Challenge
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22-Sep-19
Dave Cutts + Kathy Webb complete a Distance Challenge in Sardinia
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19-Sep-19
Steve Miles completes the Menai Ultimate
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18-Sep-19
Llyn Padarn TT times up
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18-Sep-19
John Willacy completes a circumnav of the Isle of Man
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17-Sep-19
Steve Miles adds a new PB to the Beacon TT
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17-Sep-19
Rich Griffiths Hughes completes the Anglesey Masters
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17-Sep-19
Michael O'Farrell completes a circumnav of Achill Island
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05-Sep-19
Llyn Padarn TT - Dates for new season up
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02-Sep-19
Andrew Corner and Lyndsay McPhee complete the Lower Bann Trail
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29-Aug-19
Ed Loffill completes a solo circumnav of Mull, Iona and Treshnish
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26-Aug-19
Pascale Eichenmuller + John Willacy circumnav Holy Island - 03:29
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25-Aug-19
Bryan Dickinson and Jenny Wong complete the Bardsey Island TT in 48:21
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25-Aug-19
Clare Sharp improves her Llyn Padarn TT Open Time - 27:28
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24-Aug-19
Dave Cutts + Kathy Webb (Team Gen X) add a new time to the Pen 2 Puffin TT, and the 1hr Distance Challenge
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23-Aug-19
Tom Thorpe completes his circumnav of Ireland - 26 days
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23-Aug-19
Jim Wallis also adds his first entries to the PSK Distance Challenge - 1hr
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20-Aug-19
Pascale Eichenmuller adds her first entry to the PSK Distance Challenge - 1hr
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20-Aug-19
Lizzie Garnett and Mark Rainsley paddle John O'Groats to Muckle Flugga
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16-Aug-19
Philip Plume completes a SUP IOW Circumnav - 14:25 tbc
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14-Aug-19
Peter Eichenmuller adds his first entry to the PSK Distance Challenge, and takes the 'Furthest from Anglesey' prize.
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12-Aug-19
News Summary page added
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12-Aug-19
Tim Wiggins completes an IOW Circumnav - 11:54 tbc
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07-Aug-19
Chris Thorne adds a SUP time to the Llyn Padarn TT - 33:10
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06-Aug-19
Kathy Webb + Lorenzo Cutts add times to the Llyn Padarn TT - 35:37 + 36:07
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05-Aug-19
James Pigdon adds his first entry to the PSK Distance Challenge
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03-Aug-19
Norbert Ziobr, Petr Major and Nick Arding circumnavigate Anglesey - Team Record
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02-Aug-19
John Willacy adds a circumnav of Achill Island - 06:29
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01-Aug-19
David Horkan adds a new circumnav of Achill Island - 06:20 - Record
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29-Jul-19
Jim Swift completes a circumnav or Ireland by paddleboard - 38 days
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29-Jul-19
Pascale Eichenmuller adds a time to the Menai Challenge - Challenge course
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28-Jul-19
Dropseat Adventure complete their circumnav of Ireland - 55 days
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20-Jul-19
Steven Whipp completes the Distance Challenge - 41.6 km
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17-Jul-19
Dimitri Vandepoele completes his first Distance Challenge run - 30.2 km
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15-Jul-19
Andy Murphy completes LEJOG - 91 days
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07-Jul-19
Rich Griffiths Hughes completes the Menai Ultimate
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07-Jul-19
New time added to the PSK Distance Challenge
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06-Jul-19
Pascale Eichenmuller adds a PB to the Parochial Puffin Island Loop
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06-Jul-19
A few more times added to the Puffin Island Loop
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05-Jul-19
Team Gen X add a run to the 3 hr Distance Challenge
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29-Jun-19
Pascale Eichenmuller and John Willacy add a team run to the 3 hr Distance Challenge.
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29-Jun-19
Dave Cutts and Kathy Webb add their first run of the ANglesey Masters Challenge
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25-Jun-19
Details added of a 1993 Scillies Crossing - Chamberlin, Copestake, Nelson and Oldrini
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20-Jun-19
Steve Miles revisits the Menai Challenge with a 52:26 for the Challenge Course
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18-Jun-19
Dave Cutts and Kathy Webb add more times to the Llyn Padarn Open list
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04-Jun-19
Rob Burgess,Ritchie Diaper and David Simpson complete their Ireland Circumnav - 52 days
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27-May-19
Body Pemberton crosses from Falmouth to Brittany
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Recent Records

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

25-Jul-20
Moray Firth Sea Kayak Challenge
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13-Sep-20
Irish Coast Paddling Championships
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