Kayak Information

Kayak Information

Please find below the event information as it currently stands. We are constantly reviewing all information and the final event information will be shared as a race information pack in advance of the event.

Race Start / Finish – The race will start at 09.00 am on Saturday 12 August and will start from the Elizabeth Castle Break Water. In advance of the start all Kayak participants will meet at the Albert Pontoon in St Helier Harbour.

Distances – The Kayak challenge is approximately 40 miles long.

Kayak Route – the 40-mile course will follow a predefined route by the Jersey Canoe Club.

Kayak Categories – The Kayak challenge will consist of single and double Kayak entries.

Safety Boat – the event, with the support of volunteer boat owners will be providing safety boat and first aid cover on the water and on land.

Live Tracking – Each Kayak (where feasible) will be allocated a tracking device allowing us (and your family and friends) to track your location at any given time. Canoe / Kayak movements will be displayed on a live moving map.

Important Event Information for sign up

The Jersey Canoe Club will manage the safety of the Kayak challenge category. They will provide essential support, training and safety guidelines as well as ratify your row and add your achievement to their records.

For the sake of safety, every entrant must first demonstrate that they are fit and capable to participate in this endurance event before being allowed to take on the challenge. Sign off for participation will come from an experienced Jersey club member.

Before signing up for the Jersey Round Island Challenge the Jersey Canoe Club have recommended the below qualifying criteria to ensure you are race fit for the 12 August 2017:


Qualifying Criteria to Participate

  • Anyone with BCU 4 or 5 star certificates automatically qualifies.
  • At least one person must be BCU 4 or 5 star certificates in a double kayak.


Participants must be able to demonstrate that they:

  • are capable of controlling their boat in rough conditions and manoeuvring in strong tidal waters
  • have a reliable method of self-rescue. We recommend you have a reliable roll.

All participants without BCU 4 or 5 star must;

  • Take part in specialist training/tryout sessions provided by the JCC (Saturday mornings Jun/Jul to be confirmed – see below)
  • Ensure you are race fit by completing the ½ Island Paddle (Date to be confirmed – Contact John Richardson 07797831209)

In addition all participants must:

  • Carry a VHF/mobile phone which is accessible and useable at all times on the water in addition to the spot tracker (provided by the race organisers).
  • Carry a flare (day-smoke) or marine streamer (to assist any rescuer pinpoint position) and a spare pair of paddles.
  • Provide “on-deck/on-person” food and water for energy and full hydration throughout the event.

Cut Off Times 

There will be a cut-off to be determined and communicated in race brief

Post Race Prize-giving and Drinks

All participants of all five race categories are invited to join us for some celebratory drinks at the Event HQ Marquee from 6pm. The prize-giving will take place at 7.30pm when all competitors should be back. All medals and top performer awards will be handed out on the evening. Finger food will be provided courtesy of the event sponsors.

All competitors who finish before 6pm are invited to the Event HQ where a few iced beers will be waiting with the event team!