Fishguard Bay Ocean Race 2024 (FBOR’24) is a major downwind Ocean Paddle Sport race along Pembrokeshire’s wild, award winning north coast, open to Ocean Skis, Ocean Canoes and SUPs. It starts at Goodwick beach and crosses 17km of exposed open sea to finish on the wide sandy beach at Newport.
You’ll paddle in deep clear water, past towering cliffs, through a couple of fun tide-races, make a skid turn around a wave-tossed rock before your final sprint up the beach at Newport Surf Lifesaving Club. And we’re keeping fingers crossed for superb downwind conditions!
FBOR’24 is the 9th year of this annual tussle and will be held across two days,
On Saturday 15th June – an Elite race for the Welsh Ocean Ski National Championships, plus the GB Team selection.
On Sunday 16th June the course is open to Advanced and Intermediate competitors with their own set of medals, trophies and other prizes, just as in previous years.
In both races, paddlers from all over the UK and beyond compete to test their extreme fitness, boat-handling and seamanship skills, to win this “black-belt,” no-holds-barred ocean race.
The blue riband prize is the perennial FBOR Trophy, awarded to the line-honours winner – the first craft of any category to cross the finish line and, for the ladies, there’s the First Lady trophy.
Entry Criteria and Safety
As a race committee we have to be sure that every competitor who enters either of these races is capable, in all the above respects, of successfully complete the course. That specifically means you must have a well practiced, 100% “bullet-proof” remount that, if necessary, you can successfully repeat a dozen times without assistance in BF 6 and 4-6ft waves.
So, to enter the race online you will be required to agree to an Acceptance of Risk (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 an organisers of another race, or you will be excluded from The Race.
At the very least, you will be asked to sign a hard copy of the Acceptance of Risk in person as at registration, will be your statement of assurance to the Race Officer that you are fit and capable of safely finishing The Race.
When we receive your entry you’ll get more detailed race information and, closer to the race date, a detailed course description and virtual race briefing.
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