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Forth Challenge 2017



Race 18km (11 miles) under the iconic Forth Bridges to Inchcolm Island and back. The start and finish are at Port Edgar Marina, Shore Road, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9SQ.


  • 9am - Registration & Entry
  • 9am - 9.45am Boat and safety scrutineering
  • 9.45am Compulsory Race Briefing in Sailing Club
  • 10.15am Cruiser Class Start 
  • 10.45am Performance Class Start


It's a spring tide, with a low tide around 10am. The water tends to be static about an hour after low tide because of the strong ebb flow. Plan the way you stage your effort in the race because by 11.30am the tidal flow inward will be making it more of an effort to paddle out to the island, and after 12 noon we are likely to see a 2mph tidal flow westwards from Inchcolm. The wind is also likely to have an effect. 


Enter online at £15 a seat until midnight Sunday 4th June. Online entry for SCA members and non-members is available here (sign in, Click 'Events', filter by Competition and Marathon). Please note: BC / CANI / CW members, please call the office to enter: 0131 317 7314. 

Membership of SCA/BC/CW/CANI is essential, non-members can purchase SCA Day Membership at £5, either at time of booking or on the day. After 4th June, entries are taken on the day only and are £20 (plus SCA Day Membership if necessary). 

The fastest boat around the course will be awarded the 2017 Kelvin TopSet Trophy. Other useful prizes from the well-stacked prize table will be awarded for male and female within each class depending on the size of entry. 


Are you up to this challenge? Kayak or ocean ski racing contantly present risks you must capably assess. Before the race day and on the day itself YOU must decide if you have sufficient experience and skill to undertake this event safely. The organisers reserve the right to withdraw your entry for the race and to advise you not to enter the water if it appears in their opinion you may present an unreasonable risk to yourself and others. 

Essential Equipment

  • Closed Cockpit Kayak (no less than 15 feet) or Ocean Ski
  • Buoyancy Aid (PFD)
  • Whistle 
  • Flare or VHF radio

This information is available as a download (4.94MB) here or on the link on the RH side of the page.