Anglesey Ocean Kayak Race

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Sea kayak and ski racing is becoming ever more popular as paddlers look to push themselves further and harder whilst they pit their wits against the opposition and the environment. There are many events scattered around the UK coastline, some are easy going events and some are hardcore challenges - take your pick.
The variety of boats and paddlers that take part is always impressive, from all out racers to open canadians with the kids and the dog thrown in. These events are as serious or as fun as you make them.

Get in touch if you want your event added - via facebook: 'Performance Sea Kayak'

Image: Anglesey Ocean Race 2011 (Sharon Webb)


Events Calendar

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2024/2025 - Upcoming Events

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1 PSK Islands Challenge 01-Jan-21 UK Obviously in these uncertain times we have few definite details of upcoming paddling events. It's not an easy time for event organisers. So we'll let you know when we do. In the meantime maybe PSK Islands Challenge will give provide you with a paddling goal? (Any Covid regulations allowing of course!)
2 Poole Harbour Canoe Race Xth-Sep-20 Poole Harbour, Dorset Note from PSK: 2020 date tbc - From the website:"The ‘Poole Harbour Race’ is a race around the harbour with a choice of 4, 8 or 15 miles. All races start from a sandy beach on the edge of the harbour. The two longer courses both go round Brownsea Island whilst the short course runs along the shoreline towards Poole and then turns to pass the beach from which we started after approximately 2 miles - before heading on towards Rockley - and then finally returning to finish at the starting point. Any boat is welcome K1, K2, Ski, Sea kayak (classic and racing), Wavehopper, WWR, C1, C2, OC1, Canadian, General purpose or 6 man Hawaiian canoe. All ages and abilities welcome. The format features a “Le-Mans” style start from the beach at Lake Pier, Poole, BH15 4LR (for Sat Nav users). Burgers, cakes and tea for competitors are included on your return - and Pre-race Bacon Rolls are available too. Check in from 9:30 - Race briefing at 11:00 The entry form document is down-loadable here on our club website."
3 Great Glen Challenge 19/20-Sep-20 Fort William From website: "The Great Glen challenge is a 92km race across the width of Scotland. This event can be completed over 2 days or non-stop. The 2 day event is achievable by everyone and the non-stop event is best tackled by those who have had many hours ocean paddling. The reason for the requirement for the non stop race is due to paddling for the first 4 hours in complete darkness and the possibility of strong wind and waves. We would advise paddlers do some distance training and train on bumpy water. We try and ensure the race will be a down wind race, as we decide the direction of the race the night before at registration. The challenge will take you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the World and across the mighty Loch Ness"
4 Irish Coast Paddling Championships 13-Sep-20 Greystones South Beach, Co. Wicklow From website: " 13 September 2020 48 000 EURO Prize Purse Dublin, Ireland. 2nd Leg Of The World Surf Ski League. Based just north of Dublin, the 20km course runs along the coast of Dublin and Wicklow. Greystones South Beach and Dun Laoghaire harbour are the start and finish venues, depending on wind direction. Irelands first international Surf Ski Race - the Irish Coast Paddling Champs makes up the 2nd leg of the World Surf Ski League."
5 Great Cumbrae Sea Kayak Race ? sportscotland Centre, Great Cumbrae 2020 Status Unknown.
6 Jersey Round Island Challenge ? Jersey From the website:"...Despite our very organic roots, we have been able to achieve a level of scale with the assistance of our invaluable volunteers from clubs and the community, not to mention our incredible friends at 3D Events. However this is proving increasingly ‘challenging’ and 2019 proved to us that we needed to take a different approach, particularly when we considered health & safety and scalability issues. Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to find the resources and time to respond to these challenges, and the 2020 calendar (and our restrictions to spring tide dates) is extremely full of competing events. The organising committee have therefore decided to take a break in 2020 and we will communicate our future plans for the event at the end of the summer this year..."
7 Moray Firth Sea Kayak Challenge 25-Jul-20 Nairn From website:" Enjoy paddling in the Moray Firth from Ardersier to Nairn following a route which will take you between Fort George and Chanonry Point which is famous for its school of dolphins. The event is based in Nairn which is a twenty minute drive from Inverness Airport and is therefore easily accessible from many parts of the country including: London; Birmingham; Manchester; Belfast City; and Bristol. You can complete the challenge in any kind of sea kayak, surf ski or canoe, racing or recreational, that is designed/suitable for use on the sea. There are male and female categories for touring, performance sea racing canoes and kayaks and surf skis. The prevailing wind is from the west so the expected route is from Arderseir to Nairn. Should there be an easterly wind there is an alternative route from Findhorn to Nairn which may be used."
8 Mawddach Paddlesports Festival 11/12-Jul-20 Barmouth From website:"This is an Exciting Weekend Paddlesport Event for all the Family with something for everyone. Based in the holiday Resort of Barmouth and held on The Magnificent Mawddach Estuary in Southern Snowdonia ."
9 Hilbre Island Race 05-Jul-20 Dee Sailing club (CH61 0HN) From LCC: "Hilbre Island is the largest of a group of three islands at the mouth of the estuary of the River Dee, and lies about 1.6 km from Red Rocks, the nearest part of the mainland on the Wirral Peninsula. The Start is at Dee Sailing club (CH61 0HN) START TIME 2:00 pm with a beach (Le Mans style) mass start (Seeded start line). The finish will be a buoy on the water in line with the causeway. Prize giving and BBQ will be in the club house after the event. (BBQ items and drinks can be purchased from the club house) The main Hilbre Island Race goes clockwise around all three islands (13km) while a shorter race for General Purpose and touring boats goes clockwise around the first island (Little Eye). We also have a short junior and novice race along the shore to West Kirby and return. Conditions can be very rough on the northern end of Hilbre and anyone entering the Hilbre Island Race needs to be sure that they can cope with the conditions on the day. If conditions are too rough then modified courses may be used. We have a number of safety craft covering the race. Several kayak rescue teams will also be positioned on the end of Hilbre Island, Little Eye and along the route. Places are limited to the first 50 entrants. Hilbre Race (13Km) - Sea Kayaks, Ladies Sea Kayaks, Tandem Sea kayaks, Racing Surf Skis, High-performance Sea Kayaks. Little Eye Race (9Km) - First Kayak, Ladies Race, Doubles (any design) West Kirby Race (4Km) - First Kayak (under 4m), First Junior (under 16), First Open Canoe. You will need to pre-enter online and bring with you on the day a completed registration form."
10 Menai Quest 27/28-Jun-20 Caernarfon From website: "The iconic Menai Strait has tested sailors and paddlers for many years, it has a big and justified reputation. Since 2010 there have been numerous semi official paddling challenges along different stretches with participants able to submit their details to the Performance Sea Kayak website. Over 27th and 28th June we will run a distance course and a technical course. Both courses are based on tried and tested routes that are listed on the Performance Sea Kayak website. 27th June. The DISTANCE challenge will run with the incoming tide and will be approximately 20km long. All entrants will have the chance to complete the course and conquer the Strait. 28th June. The TECHNICAL course will run around low water slack in the area between the two road bridges, the area known as The Swellies. Paddle boarders in the non race SUP category will paddle a course of approximately 4.75 km. Kayaks, skis, racing SUP's will paddle around a course measuring approximately 10km. Careful route choice will be required to avoid unhelpful currents."
11 Seaquest - Ravenglass 21-Jun-20 Ravenglass, Cumbria From website:"Date for 2020 - 21st June, High Water is 12:19 with a 7.5m tide. start times etc to be confirmed" - Ravenglass Seaquest is a navigation event on the three beautiful estuaries of the rivers Esk, Irt and Mite at Ravenglass. Competitors, in canoes or kayaks, teams or solo, visit as many control points as they can in the time limit of 3 hours. Orienteering! Only on water... An event for everyone, take your time and enjoy lunch alongside the Esk, or set yourself a challenge and join the competitive racers. After the race, prize-giving and refreshments will be in the Ratty Arms, behind the main car park in the village. Registration starts at 0930 and the event starts at 1100, finish 1400. Prize giving and results in the Ratty arms starting about 1530.
12 Coquet Island 14-Jun-20 Amble, Northumberland Note from PSK: This date tbc. - Sunday June 14th 2020 for the next Race Round Coquet Island. Race is about 5 miles from the Harbour at Amble, mainly for seakayaks but open to all craft capable of doing the course. Run by Coquet Canoe Club
13 Ocean to City Race - An Rás Mór 06-Jun-20 Cork Harbour From website:"Our next event takes place on Saturday 6 June 2020. Note: Due to the tides this is the Saturday after the usual Irish Bank Holiday Weekend. Ocean to City – An Rás Mór is Ireland’s very own long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants annually. Started in 2005, it has grown from its origin as a race for traditional fixed-seat boats into an all-inclusive rowing and paddling event, embracing everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks, canoes and even stand-up paddle boards. With thousands of spectators each year, the race is a real flagship event for Cork Harbour; one of the largest natural harbours in the world. An Rás Mór (”The Big Race”) appeals to a wide range of rowers and paddlers from across Ireland and beyond. It includes races over four course distances: the 28km Ocean Course, 22km City Course, 13km Monkstown Course and the 4km Youth Course – all finishing to a warm welcome in Cork’s city centre. Modelled on London’s Great River Race, start times are staggered with the slowest boat types leaving first, and the fastest boat types leaving last. Celebrating both traditional boats and the more competitive contemporary craft, An Rás Mór is much more than just a race… it is a test of endurance, a personal challenge and a shared effort."
14 Conwy Ascent 06-Jun-20 Conwy Morfa, Gwynedd From DCP: "The Afon Conwy is a beautiful river in North Wales flowing through the picturesque Conwy valley from the Snowdonia National Park to the sea. It meets the sea at Deganwy after passing under the walls of the 13th century castle and through the harbour at Conwy. The Conwy Ascent is an upstream canoeing event, taking advantage of the flood tide to start in the Deganwy Narrows and finish at Dolgarrog Bridge approximately 15km away. The river offers many challenges in reading water and weather conditions and is rich in wildlife and beautiful scenery. The event is run by Dyffryn Conwy Paddlers and comprises both a marathon race and a tour, and paddlers may race or tour in any canoe or kayak of their choice. All paddlers completing the Conwy Ascent will receive a finishing memento. Following the successful introduction at the 2009 Conwy Ascent, there will again be a race for Stand Up Paddleboards."
15 Colwyn Bay Blast 30-May-20 Port Eirias, Colwyn Bay From Andy Jones: "Colwyn Canoe Club have stepped in to work with the guys who actually run it so it can be put on this year. The date is 30th May . i am chair of the club and see no reason why it will not go ahead under our wing." From the facebook: "Morning all, and Happy New Year to you. Just a little update about this years race as tickets are normally on sale by now. As most of you are aware, Martin and I have organised the race in the past using Colwyn Bay Watersports as the umbrella organisation for insurance, safety cover etc. Sadly, CBW has recently gone into receivership leaving us high and dry in that respect. That being said, don’t despair, enquiries are in hand with Canoe Wales, British Canoeing, Surf Life Saving Wales and the local authority in a bid to resolve several issues to enable the race to continue. As soon as everything is sorted and rubber stamped, we will let you know and get the tickets on sale. Please be patient as Martin and I organise the blast as very much a labour of love with no financial gain to us whatsoever and be assured we are working tirelessly to ensure the 2020 race runs as smoothly as possible. As a matter of interest, I’d appreciate a bit of feedback as to what membership paddlers have, ie British Canoeing/Surf Life Saving. Mark."
16 Oban Sea Kayak Race 24-Aug-19 Oban From facebook 15-03-19: "The Website will soon be open for this years Oban Sea Kayak Race. This year will mark ten years since this amazing Race started in 2010. The 2019 Race will take place on Saturday 24th August at 1pm. More details on the tenth anniversary of this Event will follow soon."
17 The Royal Welsh Menai Strait Challenge 11-May-19 Caernarfon, Gwynedd Extract(2018):" How good is your knowledge of the tides? Do you know where all the eddies and sand banks are? Now is the time to find out. Your challenge is to find a series of up to 10 ‘Marks’ that are located in the area from Belan Narrows to Britannia Bridge and get back to Caernarfon before the Victoria Dock flap gate is raised or the river starts to dry out. You can choose to enter in any class of seaworthy craft (see entry form). On the morning of the event you will be given your ‘sealed orders’. The crews will then be able to plan their tidal strategy before the start."
18 The Forth Challenge 2017 10-Jun-17 Port Edgar Marina "The race is June 10th this year and has run two years previously. All the details are on Facebook on a public event page "The Forth Challenge 2017". Port Edgar Marina to Inchcolm Island and back. Closed cockpit kayaks 15ft and over, and ocean ski."
19 Lismore Kayak Challenge 2017 - POSTPONED Oban POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE -- Now in its 4th year. To the Lighthouse and Back! Saturday 27th May 2017 1pm (UK Spring Bank Holiday weekend)18km of adrenaline from Ganavan Beach out to Lismore Lighthouse and back! - the Lismore Kayak Challenge. The race starts at Ganavan Sands (just north of Oban town) and goes out to the iconic Stevenson built lighthouse on Eilean Musdile at the southern tip of the island of Lismore....and back. As with August's Oban Sea Kayak Race, funds raised from the Lismore Kayak Challenge are to support Oban Lifeboat.
20 Eddystone Challenge 04-Jul-15 Plymouth ** 2014 Race is on - 28th June, 12 noon start - Follow Link to Mayflower Website ** A 40 km offshore rowing / sea kayak race from Plymouth Hoe to Eddystone Lighthouse and back - a real bruiser! A good opportunity to paddle out to 'The Light'.
21 Loch Shiel Viking Challenge 29/30-Mar-14 Fort William Billed as: " A series of races for performance + touring kayaks. To extend the challenge, using chip telemetry wristbands, competitors will clock in to a series of waypoints to test not only paddling but navigation skills providing us with accurate timing and progress location producing an exciting and challenging course for experienced paddlers "
22 Seaquest - Fleetwood 15-Sep-12 Fleetwood, Lancashire The original Seaquest; a mass-start orienteering fun event open to all. A 22 km Race course and 15 km Tour course both involving checkpoints within the tidal stretches of the River Wyre. Raises funds for Leukemia Busters Charity.
23 Swellies-Extreme Sea Kayak Race 21-Jul-12 Menai Straits, Anglesey The Swellies-Extreme sea kayak slalom race weekend! A Swellies time trial, a mass start race and a Sea Kayak Boater-X - should be fun
24 Anglesey Ocean Kayak Race 20-May-12 Anglesey A challenging mass start kayak race on the Isle of Anglesey where competitors will paddle between 20km and 30km. The race is aimed at a range of sea kayak disciplines including double sea kayaks, single sea kayaks and ocean surf skis.

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