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About the Race, How to Enter and Entry Criteria

FBOR'18 Courses

FBOR’19 Course – Saturday 11th May

Fishguard Bay Ocean Race – FBOR’19 is a demanding, open sea offshore race for Surfskis and SUPs across 17km of deep water at the meeting of the Atlantic and the Irish Sea. When the wind is optimal for racing the conditions can be both mentally and physically challenging for all but well prepared, fit and experienced paddlers.

Starting on Goodwick Beach,  4km to Pen Anglas, an entirely exposed 10km open-sea section that, at half way, skims close by the cliffs, reefs and tidal overfalls of Dinas Head, finally 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/y9smgro3)

These courses work well for winds between SSW and NW – and we can run the race in reverse for winds from N through E to SE. The exact courses will be decided by Race and Safety Officers on race day and those shown on the map may be subject to adjustment to suit conditions. Our aim is to give you the best race possible (max downwind) while ensuring a sensible margin of safety.

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. 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,

Registration 08:30 – 10.30 Saturday 11th May – Ocean Lab Car Park.

High Water is 12:49

Briefing at 11:00

Start will be 11:30 sharp!



Singles: £27, Doubles £50, OC-6 £75


08:30 – 10.30hrs Saturday 11th May – outside Ocean Lab


11:00 on Goodwick Parrog


START 11:30

From Goodwick Beach – we will all start ON TIME – the Stena ferry comes into the harbour to dock at 11:15




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 presented by the Mayor of Newport.


We’ll be having another another delicious BBQ Style meal at Newport SLSC immediately after Prize Giving – stay and join the fun and banter!


Ski: Open (18-39), Doubles, Masters (40 – 54), Veterans (over 55) and Ladies
OC’s: 1, 2, 6
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 Saturday 11th May, 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.

Ski Safety Criteria

Ocean Ski and OCs Safety

All Surfski and OC 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 (available at Registration).

SUP Safety Criteria

SUP 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 (available at Registration).

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
  • Whistle
  • 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 £5/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.

Enter FBOR'19

Secure online page via GB Ocean Ski

Download The FBOR'19 Paddler Indemnity Waiver Here