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/ycqkq63q)
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, ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
The race team require that every competitor who enters this race is capable, in all the above respects, of successfully completing 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, you will need to prove 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.
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
VHF or Mobile Phone (in waterproof pouch with lanyard to PFD) Orange Smoke Flare”
Ocean Lab, Goodwick, SA64 0DE
Newport Sands SLSC, SA42 0NR
In the event of Easterly winds, start and finish will be reversed.
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.
Saturday 11th May 2019
08:30-10:30 Registration in Ocean Lab car park
11:00 prompt: Briefing
11:30 prompt: Start
Will be 1 hour after the last paddler finishes
We’ll be having another another delicious discounted meal (venue to be confirmed) – come and join the fun and banter!