Brain Fanning Mick O'Meara Crossing 2012

Crossings: Irish Sea - Anglesey / Dublin

The crossing of the Irish Sea by sea kayak is an impressive undertaking by whichever route; however the line between Dublin and Anglesey is seen as the the Blue Riband route, viewed by many as the ultimate of UK-based crossings.

This is a long crossing with ferry lanes to avoid and significant tidal flows along the coastline at either end, which challenge the best of planning and fitness at the close of a long day.

However it is the sheer distance (over 53 nm) which is the most dominating factor on this one. This route demands good planning, good navigation, determination and a fair dose of self reliance.

Image: Brian Fanning + Mick O'Meara (and Team) 2012 Crossing


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Irish Sea - Anglesey / Dublin

Route Distance: ~53 nm / 98 km
Prevailing direction: E >> W

Solo


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Posn.K1WCatPaddlerElapsedDateStartFinishBoatVerifiedNoteLink1
1K1MJohn Willacy11:19:5901-Oct-11Soldiers' PointHowthRockpool TaranYes
2K1MJohn Willacy13:45:0024-Aug-07Dun LaoghairePorth DafarchNelo InukYesPhotos
3K1MJim Savege17:00:0022-Jul-06HolyheadDun LaoghaireNelo InukYes
4K1MHarry Whelan?2008HolyheadDun Laoghaire--

4 solo paddlers.
CW = clockwise, CCW = counter-clockwise



Teams


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Posn.CatPaddlerElapsedDateStartFinishBoatVerifiedNoteLink1
1TeamBrian Fanning
Mick O'Meara
10:22:0028-Jul-12BrayPorth DafarchRockpool Taran
Rockpool Taran
Yes
2TeamNick Cunliffe
Justine Curgenven
11:45:0013-May-09Soldiers' PointColiemore Hbr.Valley Nordkapp LV
SKUK Explorer
--Blog
3TeamSean Cahill
Ciaran Cooke
Don O Brien
13:10:0015-Jul-13Bullock HarbourPort DafarchRockpool Taran
Sipre ?
Kayak Pro Nemo
--
4TeamBarry Shaw
Harry Whelan
14:34:0025-Aug-03Porth DafarchDun LaoghaireSKUK Explorer
SKUK Explorer
--Link1
5TeamJonny Eldridge
Dan McGonigle
15:48:1610-Aug-20Porth DafarchBullock HarbourRockpool Taran
Rockpool Taran 16
--Overnight
6TeamJohn Chamberlin
Tim Oldrini
16:13:0014-Jun-96Soldiers' PointDun LaoghaireP+H Outlander
P+H Capella
--
7K2Ray Goodwin /
Terry Storrey
16:30:00?-?-1996HolyheadDun Laoghaire

--
8K2Leo Hoare /
Olly Sanders
~16:00:00May-2001HolyheadDublin

--
9K2Martin Bell /
Adam Waller
~18:00:0011-Apr-94Soldier's Point?HowthAleut 2

--Overnight
10TeamDavid Attenborough
Roger Chandler
Steve Miles
James Stevenson
~19:00:0013-Mar-14Rhoscolyn Dun LaoghaireP+H Quest
SKUK Explorer
Rockpool Taran 16

YesBlog
11TeamDave Bland
Nick Gough
Derek Mayes
20:15:0029-Jun-69Dun LaoghaireHolyheadStreamlyte KW7
Streamlyte KW7

--Article
12K2Alan Creedon /
Mike Alexander
~22:00:0015-May-16Porth Dafarch Dun LaoghairePerception Horizon

--Blog
13TeamGeorge Arnison
Rob Cunliffe
5/6-Aug-02Porth DafarchDun LaoghaireValley Nordkapp HM
P+H Sirius
--Link1

30 team paddlers in 13 teams



Comments


Dave Bland / Nick Gough et al. (29-Jun-69)
Read the PSK article for more details.
John Chamberlin / Tim Oldrini et al. (14-Jun-96)
From John: "I believe I might possibly have been the first person to do three, and 'all three', crossings; south, north, central?"
Nick Cunliffe / Justine Curgenven et al. (13-May-09)
From Nick: "Throughout the crossing the wind varied between E4-5, occasionally more ENE. It had been blowing from the east for a few days, so we had a good moderate sea mid-crossing – downhill paddling all the way. The sea state settled once we crossed the Kish Bank, especially as the wind was no more than E4 for the last couple of hours. On a personal note, it was also my 42nd birthday and I fancied a big day out to celebrate - I certainly got one! Justine didn’t know until we arrived. We hadn’t gone out to set a “record”, just to get it over with as quick as possible and to enjoy the conditions. The Guinness tasted good in Dun Laoghaire! "
Jonny Eldridge / Dan McGonigle et al. (10-Aug-20)
Overnight Crossing.
Brian Fanning / Mick O'Meara et al. (28-Jul-12)
Every now and then a record comes along that looks as if it may stand for a good while, this is probably one of them. Brian and Mick smashed the 11 hour barrrier - on a day when the conditions were a good way from perfect.
Ray Goodwin / Terry Storrey et al. (?-?-1996)
Ray has also sailed this crossing with Dave Howie in open canoe, in 1994 I believe.



Irish Sea - Anglesey / Dublin
17 completions -- 4 solo + 13 team + 0 escorted
34 paddlers in total (4 solo / 30 team / 0 escorted

Route Distance: ~53 nm / 98 km
Prevailing direction: E >> W
Recorded Start Points: