Fishguard Bay Ocean Race 2021 (FBOR’21)
About the Race, How to Enter and Entry Criteria
REGISTRATION – FRIDAY, April 30th
Registration from 19:00 – 21:00 at Ocean Lab Car Park.
RACE DAY – SATURDAY, MAY 1
Briefing will be at 09:40 at the beach by Ocean Lab
HW Newport 11:25
ENTRY FEES – Single Ocean and ILS SKIs, and SUPs: £27
BRIEFING – 09:40 On Goodwick Parrog
START – 10:15 From Goodwick Beach
*ARRANGING LIFTS AND BOAT SHUTTLES
Goodwick to Newport Sands car park is 11 miles (25mins) on country roads each way –
so please allow at least an hour for the round trip.
Will be 1 hour after the last paddler finishes – Trophies, Medals and Practical Prizes
We’re arranging a post-race meal outside Newport SLSC (Socially Distanced, of course) immediately after Prize Giving – details to follow. Stay and join the fun and banter!
Masters (40 – 54)
Veterans (over 55)
ILS Single Skis – Open
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, we will require proof of your successfully completing a minimum of one 15+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 as hard copy at registration, will be your statement of assurance to the Race Officer that you are fit and capable of safely finishing The Race.
Ocean Ski Safety
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 (preferably) a VHF radio. O2 mobile reception is very poor in the Fishguard to Newport area so communication will be uncertain. Orange Smoke Flares are also mandatory.
SUP and Prone Safety
All SUP entrants are to wear PFD’s, leg leash and carry a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch attached to PFD’s and or (preferably) a VHF radio. Note: O2 mobile reception is very poor in the Fishguard to Newport area so communication will be uncertain. Orange Smoke 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 (16km and 1.5 hours) of The Race.
I can consistently self-rescue/remount my craft in these conditions – multiple times if need be.
I take full responsibility for the accuracy of my declared experience and competence as provided to the race officer.
I am fit and capable of successfully and safely finishing The Race without assistance.
I confirm that my equipment is in full working order and 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 British 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 £5/day, paid in addition to your online entry fee. Please bring your £5 in cash – no change given. 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.