Carbery Island Challenge



Saturday 9th July

The Carbery Island Challenge, taking place on Saturday 9th July 2016, is our showcase event for experienced kayakers, and is a unique sea kayaking adventure challenge, testing your navigational skills, sea kayaking skills and seamanship, in the beautiful surrounds of Schull Harbour, Roaringwater Bay, the Carbery Hundred isles, and the rugged West Cork coastline, set along the Wild Atlantic Way.

The event will see participants visit as many checkpoints as possible by kayak, in a maximum time allowed of 4 hours; each checkpoint will be assigned a certain number of points and the objective is to collect as many points as possible in the allowed time.

The checkpoints will be located in and around Schull Harbour, and along the coastline and islands to the east of the harbour. Each boat entry (single or double) will have the use of an electronic timing dibber and will be supplied with a chart of the area, showing the location of the checkpoints and the number of points assigned to each. Participants can choose to visit the checkpoints in any order and be as competitive or as leisurely as they wish, collecting as many points as possible in the 4 hour time limit.

Minimum age for single sea kayakers is 16, whilst the minimum age is 14 in a double kayak accompanied by an adult. Participants must have at least 2 years kayaking experience to partake.

Ultimately it is about experiencing these magical kayaking waters on the South West coast of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The event format is subject to change in adverse weather conditions. REGISTER HERE


The Carbery Island Challenge will start from the Fastnet Marine and Outdoor Education Centre (FMOEC) on Saturday 9th July 2016, in the coastal village of Schull, West Cork, Ireland.

Participants must supply their own single/double kayak and kayaking equipment, including safety equipment – buoyancy aid, VHF radio, or mobile phone in a waterproof pack, first aid kit, sun cream, food and drink for the duration.

Safety boats, and the Schull Community Inshore Rescue Boat will be spread around the course area for the duration of the event.

Kayaks can be dropped off at the Fastnet Marine and Outdoor Education Centre on the morning of the event, whilst parking will be at designated parking areas in Schull village.

Participants must have adequate suitable kayaking clothing, (and possibly even hats – yes this is Ireland), for being out at sea for 4 hours.

Registration for collecting numbers, timing dibber, chart etc. is from 08.30 – 10.00 at FMOEC on Saturday 9th July. There will be an opportunity to discuss and plan routes from 10:00, with a compulsory event briefing at 10.30. The kayaks will set off in waves from 11:00 from the slipway at FMOEC.

All participants must report back to the FMOEC after a maximum of 4 hours. REGISTER HERE

Food will be supplied after the event and all participants will receive a t-shirt. We will also have a few prizes!