FBOR’18 Course – Saturday 5th May
Fishguard Bay Ocean Race (FBOR’18) is a challenging 16km offshore race event for Ocean Skis, Ocean Canoes (OCs) and StandUpPaddle Boards (SUPs). FBOR’18 runs over a physically and mentally challenging marine environment, starting on Goodwick Beach, 1) 4km to Pen Anglas, 2) an entirely exposed 10km open-sea section that, at half way, skims close by the cliffs, reefs and tidal overfalls of Dinas Head, 3) rounding rugged Cerrig Edrywy and sprinting the final 1.5 km to finish between the flags on Newport Sands Beach(below the Surf Lifesaving Club). (See map here https://tinyurl.com/ycqkq63q)
This course works fine for winds between SSW and NW – and we can run the race in reverse for winds from N through E to SE.
The race is intended to be a continuous and intense test of fitness, endurance, boat handling skills, seamanship and common sense for up to 1.5 hours. As a race committee we have to be sure that every competitor who enters this race is capable, in all the above respects, of successfully completing the course. There are a few safe havens and pull-outs but, for much of the race, you will be up to 2.5km off shore. Confident self-rescue is essential.
We will ensure that there are adequate support boats throughout the race – but you, the paddler,
ARE UTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
High Water Saturday is 11:17
Briefing at 09:30
Start will be 10:00 sharp!
Registration will be on the evening of Friday 4th May – venue TBA.
From 17:00hrs Friday 4th May – venue TBA
09:30 at Ocean Lab
From Goodwick Beach – it’s essential we start on time so all competitors will be well clear before the Stena ferry comes into the harbour to dock at 11:15
ARRANGING LIFTS AND ROOF-RACK SHARING
Goodwick to Newport Sands car park is 11 miles (25mins) on counrty roads each way – so please allow at least an hour for the round trip.
Will be 1 hour after the last paddler finishes
The Royal Oak is offering another delicious discounted meal – come and join the fun and banter.
Ski: Open, Doubles, Masters (40 – 55), Veterans (over 55) and Ladies
OC1 and OC2 – can include OC6 if sufficient interest.
SUP: Open and Ladies
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 Friday 4th May, we will require proof of your successfully completing a minimum of one 16+km 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.
Ocean Ski Safety
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 (16km and 1.5 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 of the items listed below:
- Bouyancy Aid / PFD
- Calf Leash
- VHF or Mobile Phone (in waterproof pouch with lanyard to PFD)
- Orange Smoke Flare”
To compete, all individual paddlers must be insured through Brithish Canoeing Canoe Wales/Canoe England/Scottish Canoe Association, etc. If you’re a full BC 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.