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Annual Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race

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Safety Requirements.
The race round the island involves 13 Km down the Dee Estuary past the little eye and middle eye (Little Hilbre Island), and clockwise around the end of Hilbre Island. The Island has a rocky coastline and seas break on off-lying reefs when there is a swell with overfalls on the north end. You are advised not to go too close to the island in these conditions. Tidal streams are not extreme, but do cause some disturbed water in places when running at their fastest. Experience of paddling at sea is essential.

All competitors must wear approved buoyancy aids/lifejackets (with whistles). All boats must have maximum buoyancy, and end loops / toggles. (Elite racing skis will not have these and elite paddlers will paddle at their own risk knowing that safety boats may not be able to tow their craft)

Boats deemed not to be seaworthy for the prevailing conditions will not be allowed to compete.

If weather/sea conditions are unfavourable, changes will be made to the course of the race.

Safety Cover
There will be a number of safety boats in attendance. These will concentrate on the tail end of both races and on the North end of Hilbre where seas will be roughest.

All competitors should be confident of their ability to stay upright in the prevailing conditions; they should be suitably dressed to survive a prolonged immersion; they should be experienced in deep water rescue rescues.

If you see other competitors in trouble and no rescue boat is in attendance please give assistance.

If you have any doubts - bearing in mind the conditions on the day - please join the Little Eye Race, which will be more closely supervised.

Although we will do our best to take care of all competitors, it is ultimately YOUR responsibility to compete on the day. If you grossly overestimate your ability, you could risk other lives as well as your own.

All competitors are issued with bibs which are checked out and back. All bibs must be handed back in to confirm safe return of the competitor. If for any reason you abandon the race, return the bib to race control asap. 

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