Goodwick Beach https://goo.gl/maps/HbLrBdMG7zw to Newport Beach – approx. 17km, with at least 11km of clear downwind & down-tide. Course is flexible to work with weather conditions.
New Course Description
Fishguard Bay Ocean Race (FBOR’17) is a challenging 17km offshore race event for Ocean Skis, Ocean Canoes (OCs) and StandUpPaddle Boards (SUPs). FBOR’17 runs over a physically challenging environment, starting on Goodwick Beach, 4km out to PenAnglas, an entirely exposed 11km open-sea section that, at half way, skims close by the cliffs, reefs and tidal overfalls of Dinas Head, turning inshore for 2km after rounding rugged Cerrig Edrywy to cross Newport bar, then into Newport, across the bar, finishing on the beach below the Parrog car park.
As ever, we can’t guarantee the weather – but we have alternative courses for almost all eventualities. The are good surfing beaches all around Pembrokeshire so we’ll be sure to find a fun run that’s pumping!
There will be updates as the forecast is refined during the final week – and we’ll have a firm decision on the course and final timings on Thursday 31st August – all well publicised on Facebook and by email so PLEASE SiGN UP below!
We will ensure that there are adequate support boats throughout the race – but you, the paddler, are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
Entry Criteria – Safety
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 release (see below) and, at registration on Saturday 2nd September, we will require proof of your successfully completing a minimum of one 17km 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 Race.
All surfski entrants are to wear PFD’s, leg or paddle leashes and carry a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch attached to PFD’s and or a VHS radio. Flares are also mandatory.
All Outrigger entrants are to wear a PFD and at least one paddler in each boat must carry a mobile phone and or a VHS radio, Flares are also mandatory.
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.
Paddler Indemnity Waiver
“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 (17km 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
VHF or Mobile Phone (in waterproof pouch with lanyard to PFD)
Orange Smoke Flare”
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.