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