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Ailsa Craig with overnight camp: with poor forecast for Mon 16th August 2021 - Wednesday 18th August 2021 this trip is now postponed.


Event details

Event details

Event details



MONDAY AUGUST 16TH - WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18TH 2021 : This trip is now postponed due to unsettled weather.

The established WhatsApp group of 6 will remain open and active so as to reschedule the trip at the earliest opportunity. 


For initial tidal planning times of HW Dover are shown below (HW Greenock = HW Dover +0112 ±25mins)

Monday 16th Aug  (HWDover 0504, LWDover 1216, HWDover 1740)

Tuesday 17th Aug (LWDover 0057, HWDover 0622, LWDover 1326, HWDover 1902)

Wednesday 18th Aug (LW Dover 0212, HWDover 0759, LWDover 1449, HWDover 2034)

Tidal streams are generally weak (0.6kts) but  these run 90° across the proposed track and so the intention, using times above, is to paddle the last 2 hours of ebb and first 2 hours of flood(ish). Offshore direct distance (1 way) is 14km. Additional navigation information to be added and shared nearer the time.

This event is weather and swell dependent (rocks/boulder coastline landing) and so will go ahead only in settled conditions with a good forecast. 


Co-ordinator : Andy Murphy

1. Trip type:  Sea:  Mon 16th/Tues 17th/Weds 18th August 2021 crossing to Ailsa Craig from Lendalfoot. Camp on Ailsa Craig overnight. If the forecasted weather is unsatisfactory the group to explore and agree alternative venues and possibilities. 

2. Level of ability:  Advanced  - max 6. All equipment to be self-contained and Covid secure.

3. Dates: Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th August 2021: 3 days to allow some flexibility. Group to decide actual crossing dates and times.

4. Venue :  Lendalfoot - Ailsa Craig return.

5. Meet location/time : to be agreed. The car park at Lendalfoot is ideally placed for van-camping the night before.

6. Meet to share lifts at?: No lift shares due to Covid. All paddling, camping, cooking and bivis to follow Covid guidelines ( self-reliant and self-sufficient).  

7. Anything else: 

Ailsa Craig is uninhabited and so all equipment for a safe overnight must be carried. 

The landing at Ailsa Craig is not straightforward in any swell or chop and in the event of being unable to land an immediate return journey may have to be made having had 'no stretch of the legs'. 

Easterly winds are notoriously fickle in this area with afternoon winds often generated above those forecast so packing extra food / fuel and a willingness to 'ride it out' is required. This may involve a night-paddle return.

Pee-bottles useful. 

Any questions or further information required contact Andy Murphy.

Please read notes regarding trip protocols and definitions here:



This trip is full:  2021 signatories have priority.

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