Bangor Bay Sea Kayak Race – Saturday 25th May 2019

Classes & Prizes

The race takes place on the coastline between Bangor and Groomsport, starting and finishing at Ballyholme Yacht Club. Boats are classed according to their overall hull length so large or small, there is a chance of winning. Paddle 4 Sport classes are used for age groups. We also have a class for Stand Up Paddle Boards.

Supporting the RNLI

The Bangor Bay Sea Kayak Race raises funds for the RNLI and we encouraged paddlers to donate to the charity either on the day, through the donation facility on the booking form or via the raffle.


All you need to do is look at the rules and then click the link to book your place. The entry fee is only £20 per kayak and £10 for under 16s. This includes your race entry, t-shirt and food.

12.30 Registration
13.30 Race Briefing (in gear)
13.45 Craft Scrutiny
14.15 Race Start
15.30 Food
16.30 Prize-Giving

The event starts and finishes at Ballyholme Yacht Club (BYC). Toilets are available at BYC and also on the green at the assembly area. Showers will be available at BYC after the event. There is off-street parking along Seacliff Road and a public car park to the north of BYC. Entrants should drop their boats at BYC and park elsewhere to keep the road clear. The address for Ballyholme Yacht Club is Seacliff Road, Bangor, Co Down BT20 5HT.

Paddle 4 Sport

The Bangor Bay Sea Kayak Race continues to be part of the Paddle 4 Sport League. This exciting development means that competitors can have their places added to other races in the league.


The race will take place over 2 circular courses between Bangor Bay and Groomsport, starting and finishing at Ballyholme Yacht Club.

The Short Course (5km) will be laid out in an area between Ballyholme Bay and Bangor Harbour.

The Long Course (10km) will be a circular course starting at Ballyholme Yacht Club, running north and west to Bangor Harbour, turning east to Groomsport before returning to the finish at Ballyholme Yacht Club.

The course may change depending on conditions. A course map will be sent to entrants.


Entrants will be grouped into the following classes:

Short Course – 5km

General Purpose/ Sit-on-top under 14ft
Single Sea Kayak 14ft to 18ft
Double Sea Kayak/Sit-on-top
Stand Up Paddle board

Long Course – 10km

Single Sea Kayak 14ft to 18ft
Racing Sea Kayak (Epic, Taran, etc)
Double Sea Kayak/Sit-on-top
Stand Up Paddle board

Medals & Ballot

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories (depending on entrants): J10, J12, J14, J16, J18, Open, Master and Veteran. There will be male, female and mixed classes within these.

A special James Steen Memorial Prize will also be awarded for the best overall result.

We have a special prize ballot to be drawn after the race with every pound donated going to the RNLI. Thank you to all who donated prizes.

Donations to RNLI

Donate Now

We are using JustGiving to handle donations directly to RNLI. Any amount, no matter how small, will help in their work.

Organised by
Belfast Kayak Club
Supported by
Ballyholme Yacht Club
Fundraising for
RNLI Lifeboats