Welcome to the Performance Sea Kayak Library.
Here we aim to maintain a long-term collection of wide-ranging paddling interest, information and insight, in this world of ‘instant-fix’, and ‘instant-forget’.
We have articles of sea-kayak records, tales from long-distance expeditions, stories from historic first-attempts, along with paddling guides and training-tips.
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by Giles Hudson Matt Parton and Giles Hudson set a new record for the Team Circumnav of the Isle of Wight on 21 Sep 20 as they paddled around the island in 8 hrs and 22 mins. ( Isle of Wight Records ) Here Giles tells of the trip. Ten years ago in January saw …
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More Swellies-Surf action, this time I’m joined by The Boss.
by James Doherty I like the first push of the paddle, the tug as the land lets go. A lot of good things have started this way. This 3 hours distance challenge is a last training kick for a circumnavigation of the IOW during big springs in two weeks time. Snuggled up to Hurst spit …
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Paddling the Rockpool Taran 16 on downwind run in the Menai Straits, Sea Zoo to Brittania Bridge.
By Martin Bell It was a quiet day down at the climbing wall, so we were discussing sea kayaking…as you do. “I fancy paddling over to Ireland from Wales sometime”. “Ok, let’s go, how does April sound?” Brief pause as Adam takes a step backwards. “Yeah ok, we should be quiet after Easter.” “It should …
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Different Boat, Different Direction. I like the whole Performance Sea Kayaking lark, you may have noticed. It encompasses such a wide range of paddling – Circumnavs, Crossings, Multi-Day Expeds, Challenge Paddles and so on. It doesn’t really matter what you do or how you do it – just stay safe and push your own limits. …
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by Mark Rainsley Why? Numerous beautiful and varied islands and reefs, challenging tidal conditions and open crossings, using the southernmost toilet in the British Isles, the potential chance to annoy the French or cause an international incident. Start/ finish: St Malo (Brittany) or Granville (Normandy) to Goury (Normandy). Mileage: Minimum distance about 180km (we paddled …
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by Mark Rainsley Why? Because: Joining up the Orkney Islands and Shetland Island archipelagos, Britain’s outmost and northernmost communities. Spectacular coastal scenery, abundant marine wildlife – especially seabirds and cetaceans. The chance to reach the very top of Britain, Muckle Flugga Lighthouse and Out Stack rock. Start/ finish: Various launch possibilities on the UK mainland, …
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by Mark Rainsley Why? Because: Cornwall. Wonderful maritime scenery and culture, incredible and sustained cliffs; the finest such scenery in the UK. Rounding the Cornish peninsula is simply an outstanding wild journey/ expedition. Start/ finish: Cornwall (obviously) begins at Plymouth Sound and ends at Marsland Mouth, both being borders with Devon. Various launch points possible …
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