By entering the event you agree to abide by the rules and any instructions which are given by the organiser before and during the event. You also agree that you understand that sea paddling takes place in an ever-changing environment which by its very nature carries an element of inherent risk. Participants must be aware of the dangers posed by participating in paddle sports and the paddling environment. All participants must have the ability to self-rescue. Paddlers who can not perform a self rescue without a paddle float must carry one.

By entering you agree to provide appropriate assistance to other participants in difficulty during the event while not placing yourself in any unnecessary danger.

The routes have easy landing along their length but no road access for parts of the routes. Both routes are open to winds, swell and gusts. The weather can change very quickly and care should be taken by participants before, during and after the event. Care should be taken on shores in breaking waves.


The safety of kayaks and equipment, their management and insurance, shall be the sole responsibility of the entrant.

The following equipment is required.

All participants:

  • a 50N buoyancy aid;
  • a VHF radio or a mobile phone (in a waterproof pouch and usable at sea);
  • a whistle.

In addition, ocean surf skis and ocean canoes must use a leg leash.

Spot inspections may be carried out prior to and during the event and failure to comply with the equipment requirements will result in you not being allowed to participate.


The event is suitable for sea and sea racing kayaks, ocean surf skis and ocean canoes. To be accepted, they must be in sea-worthy condition and have sufficient buoyancy fitted or a watertight compartment. It is not suitable for flat water racing boats. If you are unsure as to whether your boat is suitable please contact the organiser. 


Entrants must hold third party indemnity insurance through membership of the Scottish Canoe Association or one of the British Canoeing home nation organisations. Proof of membership must be provided. Temporary membership can be purchased on the day of the event (the 2018 charge for SCA insurance was £5.00).

Identification numbers

All craft must display an identification number which will be provided on acceptance of entry during scrutiny.


All retirals must be notified as soon as is possible and the retiree must ensure that they receive a response. This is a requirement to prevent an unnecessary search.


Protests must be notified to the organiser and then confirmed in writing within thirty minutes of the end of the event. Protests will be considered by three members of the organising committee of Nairn Kayak Club.

Event Classes

Classes are as follows: 

  • Ocean Surf Ski
  • Performance Sea Kayak
  • Touring Sea Kayak

Categories and age groups

There are separate male and female categories in the following age groups:

  • Junior - age 16 to 21 on the day of the event.
  • Adult - age 22 to 49 on the day of the event.
  • Master - age 50+ on the day of the event.

Number of prizes will be dependant on sizes of class entries.

Any clarification, instructions or arbitration on any of the above rules made by the organiser shall be final. 

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