Anglesey Ocean Kayak Race

In-Progress

What we have heard of attempts that are on-going, in the planning stages or just wild and scurrilous rumour.
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Trips In Progress


2017

Title Start Date Location Paddler(s)   Link

11.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Jul-17 Dublin? Jonny Eldridge Blog 


10.

UK Coast 2 Coast

Jul-17 Portishead Mark Horne  
Mark is aiming to paddle a coast to coast route - starting at Porthishead nr. Bristol and finishing at Southend Pier, setting out in July 2017.

9.

Teddies on Tour - Ireland Circumnav

Jul-2017? Ashley Williams
No.2?
No.3?
Facebook Donate
From the Donation page: "Two friends and I set off this summer to kayak the 1600km coastline around Ireland. We are raising money for a children's cancer charity called 'Barnekreftforeningen.' The charity is run by parents of children with cancer or have had cancer to share support to other families. They also focus on fighting cancer by supporting resurch and education. We are relying on people's help and generosity to make our trip possible. Thankfully a few companies have help us with various discounts and contributions but we still need to raise a great deal of funding to make this trip possible. The trip will take us six weeks minimum so being out of work for a few weeks will also make things a little tight. "

8.

Ireland 360 - Ireland Circumnavigation

Ongoing
05-Jun-17 Nick Blowfield
Eoin FitzGibbon
Lee Taylor
Gudni Pall Viktorsson
Spot facebook 360


7.

Around Britain kayak challenge 2017 - UK Circumnavigation

Ongoing
05-Jun-17? Whitby? Andy Swainston facebook Blog
From Andy's Blog: "Hello, My name is Andy Swainston. I have set up this website and blog to raise awareness of PTSD within the emergency services, armed forces, members of the public, which can include carers or loved ones. One of the ways i’m going to do this is by kayaking around mainland Britain in June 2017."

6.

See The Light - Ireland Circumnav

Ongoing
07-May-17 Julian Haines Website 
From the See The Light website: “Here’s what I’m planning to do. I’m going to load up my kayak and start paddling south from Bullock Harbour, Dublin, on 7th May 2017, weather permitting. According to the road atlas (and other trip reports) it’s about a 1,500km journey to paddle all the way around Ireland, 1,535km according to my piece of string. It depends a bit on where one paddles, but this assumes I cut across most of the bays and take the short route wherever possible.I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to take me, because it depends on a lot of factors, but others have done it in between 23 and 97 days. There’s a list of most who’ve done it, some of whom I know and have paddled with. This is not a record attempt, but I’m no slouch either, so all things considered I think it’s going to take me between 39 and 51 days elapsed. That works out at an average of between 35 and 45km on paddling days, assuming I paddle 6 days/week. All sounds plausible, but uncertain. It’s a bit rough and ready, but that’s the way it has to be right now.“

5.

onegirlandherkayak - Ireland Circumnav

Ongoing
02-May-17 Caoimhe Connor Facebook Website
From the onegirlandherkayak website: “Caoimhe's website is here to Blog and document the struggles and training for her trip to solo the Island of Ireland that is due to take place at end May/June 2017. She hopes to Circumnavigate with as little support as possible - a daunting yet exciting adventure for a young female in Outdoors. She will also be raising money for a Mental Health Charity - more details to follow. Caoimhe will also be updating the website throughout my trip!! Keep up to date on Caoimhe's fears, excitement and definitley some comical incidents.“

4.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Ongoing
01-May-17 Bulloch Harbour, Dublin Michael O'Farrell Twitter 
From Michael: " A solo anti-clockwise circumnavigation of Ireland. Start at Dublin heading north and continue until I return to Dublin. Circumnavigation to raise funds for Pieta House, a suicide prevention charity, and the RNLI. "

3.

UK Circumnavigation - Canoe

Ongoing
30-Apr-17 Loch Sunart Davis Gould-Duff
Colin Skeath
Website fb
From the canoearoundbritain website: “People have been circumnavigating Britain in Sea Kayaks fairly regularly since 1980 and possibly even before. People have also been canoeing on the sea for many years – in the UK and around the world. Until now, no-one has taken an open canoe around Britain… Colin and Davis are hoping to complete this challenge in between 3 and 5 months covering around 2,500 miles. However, if it takes longer, so be it.“

2.

Roof of Britain - Coastal Spirit

Completed 11th May 17 - 27 days
15-Apr-2017 Roger Chandler
Alan Riggott
Craig Young
Gerry ?
Facebook Blog
Commercial trip led by Level 5 Coach Roger Chandler: "On the 15th April 2017 we begin our journey to paddle around the 'Roof of Britain' (RoB) a journey of 400 nm and with some of Britain's most exciting, committing and beautiful coastline. Basically its the top half of mainland Scotland, involving Cape Wrath and the Pentland Firth. "

1.

Anti Clockwise Eire - Ireland Circumnav

Completed 24 May 17 (Elan and Tavi) - 47 days (tbc)
08-Apr-17 Baltimore Hbr Gavin Lewis
Tavi Murray
Elan Winter
Facebook SPOT
From the Facebook page: "Gavin, Elan, and Tavi are looking to kayak around Ireland in April and May 2017. They are planning on paddling around anti-clockwise, and at time of writing may be the first people to complete it in this direction. Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It's the second largest island of the British Isles, the third largest in Europe, and the twentieth largest on Earth. The entire coastline of Ireland measures 3,171 kilometers. That includes every little bay & inlet. To Kayak around Ireland, you need to commit to many open crossings, the longest being Donegal Bay at 50 plus kilometers. It's thought that most paddlers who completed the journey clockwise cover a distance of about 1200 to 1500 kilometers. The three of us are working together as a team to complete this challenge, but we are all also completing this challenge for personal reasons. Each of us has our own charities to raise money and awareness for."


2016

Title Start Date Location Paddler(s)   Link

4.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Believed Niamh completed on 16th August - 53 days
16-Aug-16 Niamh Grimmer Blog 


3.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Freya completed her circumnavigation on 14th August - 43 days.
03-Jul-16 Freya Hoffmeister  
Freya needs little introduction as an expedition sea kayaker, take a look at her website for the details of her long list of major expeditions.

2.

UK Coast to Coast

Completed in 2016 - 9 days
2016 Steve Davis
Chris Harle
Blog 


1.

UK Circumnavigation

Believed abandoned in 2016.
10-Jun-16 Start: London Ailien Rhijnsburger Blog 
From Ailien's website: “I decided it is about time I got back in a kayak and exchange my conversations with the squirrels for conversations with the seals. It is also time to see all those bits of the UK coastline I never had time or money for to see. So I am going on a 2.5 month celebratory trip!” The plan: From 8 June, I intend to get into my brand new kayak and keep paddling clockwise around the country until mid August. It is probably not going to be a full circumnavigation, as I’d like to take my time to explore, meet people and have fun, so we will see how far I get. My goals: 1) explore this beautiful country that has been my home for the past 10 years. 2) meet up and spend time with fellow paddlers, nordic walkers and nature lovers or generally nice people, 3) learn more about the natural environment and wildlife 4) raise awareness and money for the Marine Conservation Society“


2015

Title Start Date Location Paddler(s)   Link

10.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Dan and Steve completed 0n 25th September - 34 days
23-Aug-15 Ireland Coastline Dan McGonigle
Steve Miles
 
Dan and Steve are planning to set off from Dun Laoghaire on the 23rd of August to attempt the Circumnav of Ireland. From Dan:" We are in (SKUK)Explorers and are just trying to get a quick time. " Sounds good to me.

9.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Mick completed on 3rd July - 23 days
11-Jun-15 Ireland Coastline Mick O'Meara  
Mich has previously completed the Irish Circumnavigation back in 1990 as a part of a team. This time he sets out solo, aiming for the record?

8.

The Flying Northman

Believed completed.
June-15 Southern Ireland to Northern Germany Hendrik Lepel  
Hendrik intends to paddle/sail from his home in Ireland to his home town on the North German coastline - KinSale to HanseSail.

7.

UK Circumnavigation

John completed on 11th August - 83 days
21-May-15 U.K. Coastline John Willacy  
John set out on his 2nd UK Circumnavigation in May - this time from Pembrokeshire, heading counter-clockwise.

6.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Joe completed on 21st June - 34 days
20-May-15? Ireland Coastline Joe Leach  


5.

Ireland Circumnavigation

George and Keirron retired from their attempt at the end of May due to weather delays.
15-May-15 Ireland Coastline George Shaw
Keirron Tastagh
 
George and Keirron are based on the Isle of Man and started their Ireland Circumnavigation attempt with a crossing from the I.O.M. Keirron owns 'Adventurous Experiences' on the I.O.M. George holds the circumnavigation record for the I.O.M. and is a Senior Coach at Adventurous Experiences.

4.

UK Circumnavigation

Stuart completed 16th July - 83 days
25-Apr-15 U.K. Coastline Stuart Trueman  
From Stuart: "I will be starting on the East coast on Saturday, around Grimsby. Then heading south in a Tiderace Pace 17. I have a flight back to Oz at the end of July so I'm hoping to be finished in time to catch the plane. I don't really have much of a plan beyond that. Hope to see some great coast, meet some people and 'experience' GB."

3.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Christian and Mirco completed 25th June - 54 days
2015 Ireland Coastline Christian Dingenotto
Mirco Goldhausen
 
Christain and Mirco are (I believe) a pair of sea kayakers from Germany. No details

2.

Paddling adventures

Katie and Lee completed on 9th August - 128 days
04-Apr-15 U.K. Coastline Katie Ellis
Lee Taylor
 Lee Blog
Katie Ellis and Lee Taylor plan to set out on the 4th April 2015 with an aim to paddle a circumnavigation of the UK Mainland.

1.

Right Round Scotland

From Zoe - 'I completed the last bit of my trip round Scotland on New Year's Day- albeit in unconventional style as far as PSK is concerned- by bike. Basically, pragmatism kicked in and I realised that if I was to fit the miles in by the end of 2015, weather and time meant that paddling wasn't going to work- so I cycled the final 570km across the north coast from Scourie to Wick, and down the east coast from Aberdeen to Berwick. Not a conventional circumnavigation by an stretch of the imagination, but then, what is...'
26-Mar-15 Scotland Circumnav Zoe Newsam  
Zoe Newsam set out in March to circumnavigate Scotland. Initially, she started on foot by walking from Berwick on the east coast to Annan on the west. She's now paddling clockwise around Scotland's coastline to return to Berwick. You can follow Zoe's progress on her blog.


2014

Title Start Date Location Paddler(s)   Link

8.

Paddling Solo Around The South

**Update: 06/09/14 From Simon's Blog: "Waking to rain after a night sleeping beneath a flight path. I muttered and grumbled and went back to sleep for a couple of hours having decided that today I would make Bristol and close this chapter until an appropriate time in the future,...I'm glad I reached Bristol and I'm glad I made it in the fashion that I did. The last 2 days were tough, but ultimately really quite cool..... 850 miles seems daft now but it wouldnt have under different circumstances life nor weather nor oceans travel in straight lines on occasion you gotta go with the flow."
Aug-14 South Coast UK Simon Luck  
Simon plans to start the trip in Falmouth and heading west to round Land's End and then onwards up to Bristol. From there he will paddle along the Avon and Kennet canal, via Bath, Devises and Reading until he joins the River Thames. He will stay on the Thames until the Kent coast where he'll turn right and makes his away along the coast to return to Falmouth.

7.

The Great Paddle Round

** Update: Richard set out at the end of April. However, from Richard's Blog 29/05/14 - "It is with great regret that I have to inform you all that I have been unable to secure a shore support team that will enable me to continue and therefore have had to postpone the challenge for this year. Even if I get a team together this week I am over 500 miles behind where I should be and it would be difficult to complete in the time that remains." He aims to return in 2015.
Jun-14 UK Coastline Richard Hunt  
Richard intends to become the first above knee amputee to successfully circumnavigate the UK - a distance of approximately 2300 miles - using a Tootega expedition grade sit-on-top kayak. This will be a solo undertaking with the back up of a shore crew. At various points during the journey kayakers will be invited to join Richard by 'buying a leg', ie. getting themselves sponsored, and thus become part of the challenge. The journey is expected to take around 4 months, depending on the weather. However long it takes Richard is determined to succeed and complete the challenge.

6.



** Update: The Team completed the crossing on 22/07/14 - 77 miles in 19hrs 21 mins **
Jun/Aug-14 Swanage - Alderney Chris Buckton
Mike Harding
Barry Robson
Ian Smith
Mike Stroud
 
An ambitous attempt to take a team of 5 across from Dorset to the Isle of Alderney - a crossing of 50+ nm. The route will obviously cross a rather busy shipping channel before encountering significant tidal flows towards the latter stages. The team are paddling ocean-skis.

5.

The Normandy Klepper Challenge

**Update: 20/06/14 From the website: "Completed at 7:55am UK time on the 20 June! We are extremely proud of and thankful to all those who took part, or have contributed in any way to the success of this crossing. We are also extremely thankful to all those many hundreds of well wishers and supporters and to our families, who have urged the team on, or have contributed to the great amount of money we have raised for our 6 charities. A total amount is likely to exceed £20,000." **UPDATE: 18/06/14 The Team are preparing for another go over the coming days. 04/06/14 From the Team's Facebook Page: "Thanks to everyone for all of the support. After a good start and after completing 25km, this attempt had to be aborted due to weather conditions, which increased the acceptable risk to the team. A second attempt will of course be made in the future; details of that and further information on this attempt will be posted on the website." **
May-14 Poole Harbour to Arromanche-Les-Bains  
From the website: "A small team of 6 men will set off from England in 3 x 2 man canoes and will paddle their canoes out from Portland England, across the English Channel to France. After covering a total distance of around 200km and possibly enduring up to 40 hours at sea, they plan to arrive at a beach in Normandy on the 6th of June." - "This year marks the 70th anniversary of a major military operation (D-Day June 1944) in Normandy France, which is popularly believed to have been the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. The aim of this challenge is to pay respect to the thousands of men who sailed from England for the benefit of future generations in Europe and to raise money for 6 worthy charities."

4.

1664 Challenge Kayak Team

**UPDATE: The 1664 Challenge Team completed the crossing successfully on 22nd May 2014 **
21-May-14 Normandy - Portsmouth Royal Marines
/ Royal Navy Team of 10
 
On 21 May 2014 the 1664 Challenge Kayak Team will paddle from Port-en-Bessin in Normandy to Eastney, Portsmouth. The 1664 Challenge is a fundraising event that demonstrates the epitome of Commando Spirit and will be part of a wide ranging celebration of the 350th anniversary of the formation of Her Majesty's Royal Marines. All proceeds will go to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund who provide crucial support that directly enhances the lives of injured comrades.

3.

Beeline Britain

**UPDATE: 13/06/14 The Beeline Team reached John O'Groats today, completing their journey. **
18-May-14 Land's End - John O'Groats Nick Beighton
Adam Harmer
Tori James
Ian O'Grady
 
Starting at Sennen Cove, the Beeline Britain Team will attempt to complete a straight-line journey from one end of Britain to the other. This unique expedition has never been attempted before and is an ambitous take on the iconic UK challenge. The route will travel through some of the challenging coastal, mountain and urban environments that the UK has to offer.

2.

Back to Blighty

Update: ** The Team set out on 22/07/14 but unfortunately they had to call it a day after 11 hrs of paddling due to illness within the team and poor weather. **
May-14 Cherbourg to Swanage Barry Ashdown
David Chalstrey
Mark Rainsley
 
This team aim to cross the wide part of the English Channel, from Cherbourg back home to Dorset. They will need to dodge plenty of shipping and possibly French Bureaucracy along the way! David is raising funds for Dorset Youth Association and Barry for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Mark is well known in the UK paddling world as an author of various paddling guidebooks and also as the driving force behind the UK Rivers paddling forum.

1.



** Update: From the ESP FB page 11/04/14 - "After a total re evaluation of the trip it is with much regret that myself and Rhys have decided to stop the expedition. Eight days of initial high winds combined with some serious equipment issues make it the right decision. It has been a massive learning experience and we will be re attempting the circumnavigation together again in the not so distant future."
01-Apr-14 Irish Coastline Paul Lazenby-Barrett
Rhys Hunt
 
Paul Barret and Rhys Hunt intend to circumnavigate the coastline of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This is a challenging trip with the West Coast being fully exposed to the swells of the North Atlantic.


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