• Europe’s toughest Open Ocean Paddle Race

  • Are you ready for the challange?

  • May 12th 2018

Earlyer dates, different tides and more crossing options are all part of the 2018 Celtic Crossing.

The Celtic Crossing is more than just an event it is an experience of a life time. Nothing can truly prepare you for looking at a distant horizon and paddling toward it for 3hrs before seeing any sign of land. The Crossing is a multi day event giving you time to marvel at the stunning coastlines of Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.


Event Information for 2018

Making the distance is the least of your worries! Navigation, reading the water and adjusting to wind and tide is what makes this event the most challenging in Europe, something echoed by every crew and paddler that attempts the crossing. The counter current that runs out of Sennen cove on the south western tip of the Cornish coast is infamous with paddlers and lifeboat men alike – hitting you when at your lowest ebb. While no mariner can truly say that they fully know a stretch of ocean, having run the Celtic Crossing for over five years with ten completed crossings in total, we are starting to fathom this uniquely challenging stretch of water. With a keen eye on the Sennen counter current we have selected tides in 2018 which are less favourable when paddlers are fresh leaving St’Marys to ease the pain of reaching Sennen other end.


In addition, to help with planning we are moving the crossing dates from early Autum to early Summer with a back up date. Occasionaly, as with this the 2017 crossing attempt, conditions can conspire against us and  moving the date is a necessity, an early summer date allows us more flexibility and an increased chance of warmer more favourable sea states.

The 2018 event date has been set for May 12th with a back up date of June 23rd – all paddle disciplines will cross at the same time; including single and double ski, V6 Outrigger, OC1 & 2, SUP and prone paddle boards as individuals and teams.

In a move to make the event more accessible a two person relay option will be available for SUP, prone boards, Skis and OC1 & 2. Due to the availability of bigger escort boats teams will be restricted to using only one craft per team. Similarly two person craft can also have relay teams.

Entry includes one night accommodation over on the Scillys with a contigency for a second for you and your escort crew (two additional people), equipment transport, ferry tickets, escort boat, goody bag and the coveted limited edition race t-shirt.

To help reduce cost of entry we will allow competitors to supply their own escort boats however, the crossing is dangerous enough and all boats must meet strict conditions in order to be included (details supplied upon demand).

To ensure we have the best chance at running the Crossing paddlers and escort crews must be flexible. While the event date is scheduled for Saturday the 12th Sunday will be used if a delayed start is needed; only under extreme forecasts will we move the date forward to Friday. It is therefore vital that contact information is not only correct but frequently checked in the lead up to the event. Paddlers will be given an update on conditions seven days out from the event; further updates will be confirmed on the Wednesday prior to the Crossing.

* accommodation allows provision for a delayed start on the Sunday

Due to limited availability of accommodation over on the Scillys we must block book beds – to secure your place in this year’s Celtic Crossing 50% deposit must be provided by the March 23rd deadline and remaining balance due May 1st (no tickets will be issued without full payment prior to departure).

Unfortunately due to the large front end costs and labour involved organising the event refunds cannot be offered.

If you would like to enter the event and take care of all aspects of securing accommodation, transport and escort boats please contact us directly at glenn@oceansportuk.com

Key Event Dates

Key dates and Times before Race day:

March 23rd Entry deadline (50% deposit)

May 1st full payment of remaining entry fee

May 9th V6 outrigger transportation (Penzance)

May 11th Athlete & remaining craft transport to Scillys leaving Penzance 0800 (approx – final details will be sent nearer event)

May 11th Race briefing (on Scillys) at 1600


Proposed Event Schedule

Preliminary Scilly’s to Sennen Race Schedule Saturday 12th (subject to change):


0630 – Prone board start (indivual & teams)

0700 – SUP start (indivual & teams)

0730 – OC1 and OC2 start

0800 – V6, Single Ski and double ski start

1400 – approximately finish of last paddler

1830 – Prize giving


Event Entry

Individual: £700

  • Ski
  • SUP
  • Prone
  • OC

Paired & Team: £550

  • OC2
  • SUP
  • Prone
  • Double Ski

V6 Outrigger: £675


*All fees are per person
Please note event Entry is now closed for 2018. If you are interested in entering the 2019 event please email glenn@oceansportuk.com

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