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Page Contents :- Introduction . . Poster . . Details . . Safety Info . . Entry Form . .
The Round the Island Race is organised each year by the Coquet Canoe club, and consists of several races on the sea, catering for all ages and abilities. It is usually a fun day with no-one taking things too seriously. some just come for a paddle around Coquet Island, others for a race against their club mates.
As the race is on the sea obviously the conditions on the day can vary and although the organisers lay on rescue cover for all races it is up to you to decide if you can cope with the conditions on the day. Mind you we have not lost anyone yet!
COQUET ISLAND LIES 1 MILE OFFSHORE FROM THE SMALL HARBOUR OF AMBLE ON THE BEAUTIFUL COAST OF NORTHUMBERLAND
Check in @ 09:00 a.m.
Race Briefing @ 10:45 a.m.
Race Starts 11:00 a.m.
There are 2 races of different levels :-
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Sea kayaks around the Island
5.0 - 5.5 miles
Mainly in the harbour
Kayaks up to 4 m
Under 15 years old/Novices
Trophies will be awarded for these 2 classes
We will allow competent paddlers to use other craft, but there may not be prizes for them.
ENTRY FEES: £ 10.00, U18
Entry fees include use of WC and showers at Shorebase, plus tea/coffee.
Age categories are based on age on the day of the race.
race: age catgegories by school
Junior Under 16
Senior 16 – 34
Veteran 35 –44
Super vet 45 – 54
Grand Old man/woman
55 – 64
Old man/woman of the sea 65 – 74
Ancient Mariner 75 +
FURTHER DETAILS: Vic Brown Bailiff’s Cottage, West Thirston, Felton, Morpeth NE65 9EF
Tel 01670 789913 email address: - [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
the Braid, Amble, Northumberland.
parking at the Braid, Amble. (upstream
of the town, follow Marina signs to Braid).
ENTRIES from 09:45
Entry Fee: £10.00p
(18 and under : £5.00p)
are taken on the day. You may wish
to print off an entry form and bring it along with you, already filled in.
Please leave the boxes at the top for the organiser to complete.
RACE BRIEFING 10:45
(Sea Kayak) (age
14+ ) 5.0 - 5.5 miles
out of the harbour, clockwise ROUND Coquet Island and back to the finish line at Amble
under 4m. Age under 15. 2.5 miles. (Older
novices can also participate but will not be eligible for prizes).
out of the harbour, round a marker buoy to the north of the pier and return to
the finish line.
Weather conditions may dictate alternative routes.
The race round the island involves a mile down the Coquet Estuary,
through the pier ends, then across one mile of open sea to Coquet Island.
The Island has a rocky coastline and seas break on off-lying reefs when
there is a swell. You are advised not to go too close to the island in these
conditions. Tidal streams are
not extreme, but cause some disturbed water
in places when running at their fastest. Experience of paddling at sea is essential.
All competitors must wear approved buoyancy aids/lifejackets (with
the sea conditions are rough, we will insist on crash helmets being worn.
Sea kayaks have looped in the harbour entrance in the past.
All boats must have maximum buoyancy, and end loops / toggles.
Boats deemed not to be seaworthy for the prevailing conditions will not
be allowed to compete. Open decked
boats may be allowed to compete if sea conditions permit.
The Organiser's decision is final.
weather/sea conditions are
unfavourable, changes will be made to the course of the race.
The Junior (under 15 / novice),
race will be closely supervised by a safety boat while on the sea, and by kayaks
in the harbour.
The Senior classes will have safety
boat cover, but we will not, of course be able to shadow every
competitor. Priority will be given
to those at the rear.
All competitors should be
confident of their ability to stay upright in the prevailing conditions; they
should be suitably dressed to survive a prolonged immersion; they should be
experienced in deep water rescue rescues.
If you see other competitors in trouble and no rescue boat is in
attendance please give assistance.
If you have any doubts - bearing in mind the conditions on the day -
please join the Junior race,
which will be more closely supervised.
Although we will do our best to take care of all competitors, it is
ultimately YOUR responsibility to compete on the day. If you grossly
overestimate your ability, you could risk other lives as well as your own.
All competitors are issued with bibs which are checked out and back through the harbour entrance. All bibs must be handed back in to confirm safe return of the competitor. If for any reason you abandon the race, return the bib to race control asap.
The Farnes, (birds, seals, tidal races, smelly rocks, sea urchins, fishing parties, etc.)
St Abbes Head
The Tweed Estuary
Or if you fancy practicing for the race –
Coquet Island lies about 1 mile offshore. It has a lighthouse, recently automated, and several thousand birds in the breading season. These include puffins, terns, eider ducks, guillemots, cormorants, gulls, etc. You may also see gannets, flying down from Bass Rock to feed here.
It is a bird sanctuary, and landing is not permitted.