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FBOR'17 Fishguard Bay Ocean Race 2017

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Registration: Phoenix Centre

Wern Road


SA64 0AA

United Kingdom

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Course Description

The Fishguard Bay Ocean Race crosses a challenging “black belt” seascape and coastal environment. All competitors must show proof of having successfully completing a major, equivalent ocean ski/canoe race – or at very least a self-declaration of competency. All applications for entry will include the self-declaration of competency and indemnity below.

The coast of North Pembrokeshire is spectacular but unforgiving and the Fishguard Bay race runs along the most demanding stretch, taking in an entirely exposed 14km open sea leg followed by 6km close in by the cliffs, reefs and tidal overfalls of Stumble Head before the final 4km to the finish.

The race is intended to be a continuous and intense test of fitness, endurance, boat handling skills, seamanship and common sense for what will be over two hours for the majority of paddlers.There are no safe havens, no pull-outs, no feasible way of scaling the cliffs and, if your boat gets on the rocky cliffs it will be reduced to pulp, not just pieces. Experienced, competent paddlers with solid training and several comparable competitions behind them will enjoy the challenges of this race.

Entry Criteria

As a race committee we have to be sure that every competitor who enters this race is capable, in all the above respects, to successfully complete the course.

So, to enter the race online you will be required to agree to a waiver statement. At registration (Saturday 2nd September at The Phoenix Centre, SA65 9AA) we will require proof of your successfully completing a minimum of one 20km ocean downwind race within the last 12 months.

Any paddler NOT having an established record of safe finishes in equivalent races must prove their fitness and competence to the race officer before or at registration, preferably by being vouched for by organisers of other races, or you will be excluded from the race.

At the very least, the waiver (below), which you will be asked to sign in person at registration as hard copy, will be your statement of assurance to the Race Officer that you are fit and capable of safely finishing the Fishguard Race.

Please note that, in the event of an emergency, the rescue crews have been briefed to prioritise the survival and safety of the casualty above recovery of boat or equipment.

Competitor Statement

“I have read the above description of the Fishguard Bay Ocean Race (The Race) and confirm that I have solid and provable experience in the expected conditions (up to Beaufort force 6) and duration (25km and 2 hours+) of The Race. I take full responsibility for the accuracy of my declared experience and competence as provided to the race officer and declare that I am fit and capable of successfully and safely finishing The Race without assistance.”

I confirm that my equipment includes each item below:

Bouyancy Aid / PFD

Calf Leash


VHF or Mobile Phone (in waterproof pouch with lanyard to PFD)

Orange Smoke Flare"

Signed ………..(Paddler/Team Captain)


To compete, all individual paddlers must be insured through BCU Canoe Wales/Canoe England/Scottish Canoe Association, etc. If you’re a full BCU member you are already covered. If you’re not a member you will need to take out day membership (at race registration) at £3/day paid in addition to your online entry fee. To join Canoe Wales go to http://www.canoewales.com/membership

Your safety, the safety of your craft, its entire equipment, including insurance, shall be the sole responsibility of the owner/paddler racing the ski or canoe. Where a ski or canoe has been borrowed/rented/hired, etc. it is the paddler’s responsibility that the vessel meets the required standard and insurance requirements.

When taking part in this race you agree to abide by GB Oceanski / Canoe Wales rules.

See more information including Course Map and downloadable Competitor Statement form at http://fishguardoceanrace.uk/enter-the-race


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Because of the severity of the 25km long-course we are making the minimum age 18 years. Exceptions can be made in individual cases.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is adequate parking at Goodwick Moor with a short walk of registration and race finish line.. A shuttle bus and boat transports will be available from Goodwick Moor to the start at Abereiddy on race day.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For any questions, please contact POP secretary, Benjamin Edom on 07860 379 348 - oceanskirace@gmail.com

What's the refund policy?

If you withdraw for any reason before the start we will give you a 50% discount on next year's race.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, but please let us know as soon as possible.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, but please let us know as soon as possible so we can order the right paddler names for the boat stickers.

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