Crossings: The North Sea

There are a number of opinions on which route defines a North Sea Crossing. It has to be said that some routes seem to be nearer to the Dover Strait than the North Sea on my map.
And so, the PSK definition is a route that launches/lands north of the French/Belgium border is classed as a North Sea Crossing, south of this border we view it as an English Channel Crossing. It also should be noted that there appear to be two different routings which vary the distances involved significantly, depending on a U.K. side start/finish either North or South of the Thames Estuary. Whatever the route it is still a major and committing undertaking and it has to be appreciated that a number of these crossings demand more than 24 hours in a boat.

Image: East Goodwin Lightship - D. Vandepoele

Snowdonia Watersports


Route Distance: ~50 nm / 93 km
Prevailing direction: E >> W


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1K1MDimitri Vandepoele17:36:0031-Jul-15NieuwpoortRamsgateP+H Scorpio LVYesArticle
2K1MDimitri Vandepoele17:49:0001-Aug-18NieuwpoortRamsgateP+H Cetus MVYesArticle

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


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1K2Ian Castro /
Simon Worsley

2TeamSimon Hobert
Bart Pauwels
C. Pillen
T. Pillen
22:40:0031-Aug-05RamsgateNieuwpoortSKUK Explorer
SKUK Explorer

3TeamJens Fenne
Edmund Hinz
25:26:0002-Aug-18NieuwpoortRamsgateP+H Cetus MV

4K2Kevin Danforth /
Franco Ferrero

5TeamTom Caskey
Derek Hutchinson
Dave Hellawell?
31:00:00?03-Jun-76FelixstoweOstend?_ Baidarka?
_ Baidarka?


13 team paddlers in 5 teams


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Team K2Chiel Van Bakel /
Ben Stoel
Olly Hicks /
40:00:00?24-Aug-11Katwijk, HollandSizewellKlepper Double

TeamIan Castro
Rod Cooke
Simon Worsley

K2Rod Cooke /
Simon Worsley
20:07:0017-Aug-97Southwold HarbourZeebrugge HarbourDouble


8 paddlers in 3 teams

Notes: Various


Ian Castro / Rod Cooke et al. (28-Aug-05)
Escort Boat
Rod Cooke / Simon Worsley et al. (17-Aug-97)
Escort Boat
Chiel Van Bakel / Ben Stoel et al. (24-Aug-11)
Escort Boat
Dimitri Vandepoele : (01-Aug-18)
From Dimitri: "I did it solo and unsupported, again.... but I started together with a two man German team (they paddled at different speed). They also succeeded."

10 completions -- 2 solo + 5 team + 3 escorted
23 paddlers in total (2 solo / 13 team / 8 escorted

Route Distance: ~50 nm / 93 km
Prevailing direction: E >> W
Recorded Start Points: