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Coquet Canoe Club's

Round the Island Race

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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 two races, catering for all ages and abilities. There are the serious sea-racing competitors, those just racing against their club mates or their own personal best, and those just coming for a paddle around Coquet Island with friends.

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!

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George Oliver sprinting for the finish Round the Island Race

Sunday 30th June 2019


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 :-






2018 Winner 2018 Time


Sea kayaks around the Island

5.0 - 5.5 miles

Sea kayak

Minimum 14
(unless accompanied by a parent/guardian)

Gilbert Spiers 42.56


Mainly in the harbour

2.5 miles

Kayaks up to 4 m

Under 15 years old/Novices

Did Not Run .....

Trophies will be awarded for these 2 classes

We will allow competent paddlers to use other craft, eg WWR, Skis, etc but there may not be prizes for them.

ENTRY FEES: £ 10.00, U18 £ 5.00
Entry fees include use of WC and showers at Shorebase, plus tea/coffee.

Camping at the Shorebase on Saturday night is available – please contact us in advance to arrange this: [ info@coquetshorebase.org.uk ]

Age categories are based on age on the day of the race.

Junior race: age catgegories by school year

Island race: 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 +

King/Queen of the Sea 85+

Entry Form

Entry Form

Vic Brown,
Bailiff’s Cottage, West Thirston, Felton, Morpeth NE65 9EF,
Tel 01670 789913
email address: - [vicabrown@btopenworld.com ]

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At the Coquet Shorebase Trust, the Braid, Amble, Northumberland.NE65 0WU Tel: 01665 710367

Car parking at the Braid, Amble.  (upstream of the town, follow Marina signs to Braid, take first left after leaving main road).

            ENTRIES from 09:00

            Entry Fee:  £10.00p   (18 and under : £5.00p)

Entries 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   

START TIMES 11:00/11:05

START 11:00

            Island Race                 (Sea Kayak)                         (age  14+ )    5.0 - 5.5 miles                

Paddle out of the harbour, clockwise ROUND Coquet Island and back to  the finish line at Amble

START 11:05

            Junior       Kayaks under 4m.  Age under 15.  2.5 miles.  (Older novices can also participate but will not be eligible for prizes).

Paddle 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.

PRIZE GIVING 13:30 (approx)

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Safety requirements

Safety Requirements.

            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 whistles).   If  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.

If weather/sea conditions  are unfavourable, changes will be made to the course of the race.

Safety Cover

            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.

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Canoeing Trips in the area - 
  • The Farnes, (birds, seals, tidal races, smelly rocks, sea urchins, fishing parties, etc.)

  • Holy Island,

  • 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.

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This page was last updated on June 20th 2017.