• Celtic-Cup

Event Category: GBSUP



    • One day race format Ski, SUP, Prone paddle boards & OC  – June 6th (long course & technical course)
    • ISA European & World Championship Qualifier (SUP & Prone)
    • Open Cruiser Class
    • Double Ski National Championships
    • Outrigger V6, OC1 & OC2


    The Ocean Sports Centre at Carbis Bay at the heart of ocean paddle sports in the UK, with our recently updated facility right on the beach. The Celtic Cup will be a national team selection event in Stand Up Paddle and prone paddle board for the 2018 European & World Championships as well as being the National championships for the Double skis as part of GB Ocean ski.


    Event Format: Following on from the success of the 2017/18 course 2019 will follow exactly the same route. This one day event will be split into long course and technical (short course) distances for all craft. Technical will be held in the morning and distance early evening (timings below). We are immensely proud that we are able to bring together the best in ocean paddle sports. Integrating such a wide variety of craft is no easy feat, particularly when trying to squeeze a race into an already hectic race calendar; more so when tides are pivotal in hosting one of the most exciting race events in the UK. Rather than spread the event over two days we feel that a one day format benefits more paddlers and not only enables better travel logistics on the day but also gives the opportunity to enjoy Carbis Bay and St’Ives after the event or, perhaps join in with another paddle! By doing so however, we have had to move the distance event later in the day in order to be able to surf the poles. As with previous years we will only surf the poles provided conditions are safe for the majority of the field and are suitable for a qualification event. All V6 outrigger crews should contact me directly regarding beach access and rigging options prior to the event. Email: Mobile: 07533695031 Event Distances: The technical will be the first event of the day with all craft categories starting at 12 O’Clock midday and will be approximately 4-5km (15-20 minutes). To enable sufficient tide to ‘shoot the poles’ distance races for all paddle disciplines will start at 7:00pm leaving in waves separated by one minute (Ski, SUP, Outrigger and Prone) and will be approximately 14km. Craft spec: Outrigger Canoe’s V6, OC1 & 2 SUP’s will contest on either 12’6,  14ft or N1SCO category – only those competing on 14ft boards will be eligible for worlds team selection. Cruiser class will comprise hard board and inflatable divisions with board lengths up to 12’6 – following the ethos of this event its focus about trying something new, testing developing skills and sharing the experience with others safely. As such the event is a challenge event, paddling around the ‘inside’ course (7km) is what makes everyone a winner who participates. Prone: Prone paddle boards will similarly contest either 12ft or 10’6 (surf life saving) board lengths. Only those competing in the 12ft board class will be eligible for worlds team selection. Double Ski: This race is classified as being a national championship in Double ski and will comprise distance (14km)  and short course 2km) events; while Single skis (ocean and spec – surf life saving) are welcome to participate in the event, the focus will be on doubles.
    Entry Fees: Two for the price of one. Competitor entry fees are inclusive of both distance and technical (short course) – paddlers wishing only to compete in one distance must opt out. Those wishing to be eligible for team selection or want to win a national title, irrelevant of age, you must be entered into the Open category. Category                                                                            Entry
      • Open (all craft inc. female & male)                  £35
      • Double Ski  & OC2                                           £35 per person
      • V6                                                                     £20 per person
      • Under 21yrs* (all craft inc. female & male)      £20
    *Under 21yrs age group has a minimum age of 16yrs at the time of racing How to Book: Simply click on the big Red button below, first select the age category you wish to be entered into. Once selected you will be taken through the booking system and asked about your details and importantly which discipline you would like to compete in. For V6 Outrigger Canoe competitors the entry fee at checkout is the total cost for all six crew. Those competing in Double and OC2 will need pay for both paddlers at the time of booking by selecting the two person option.


    SATURDAY July 6TH 

    • 12:00pm Technical registration & heat draw
    • 12:30pm Race Briefing
    • 1:00pm Heats (all craft)
    • 2:00pm Semi-final (all craft)
    • 3:00pm Grand final Double Ski
    • 3:15 Grand final OC
    • 3:30pm Grand final prone board
    • 3:45pm Grand final SUP

    Times for the technical event are provisional and are based upon numbers, if sufficient numbers allow, straight finals will be held. Technical Racing will be over a double ‘M’ shaped course for all boards and an inverse ‘L’ for all other craft using a heat, semi-final and Grand final format. Heats will be seeded from entrants of the previous distance race. The number of heats and how many go through will be dependent upon the number of people. Course length will be approximately 10 – 15 minutes in length.

    This is a selection event for SUP and prone to represent Team England at this years European Championships and ISA World championships.


    Distance race
    • 6:30pm Registration & Race Briefing
    •  7:00pm Race Start
    Both the start and finish will be held on the beach at Carbis Bay. Ultimately the direction of travel around the course will be dictated by the prevailing wind conditions to maximise the longest down wind route.




    To view the Google map or use Google Street map to tour the area – click here – Carbis Bay Hotel Beach Car Park:  A daily rate applies. Parking right next to the beach. Very busy during high season (Street map Link) – Carbis Bay Branch Line Train Station Car Park – a small pay and display car park with a capacity of 20 cars close to the beach (Street map Link) – Porthrepta Road Council Car Park – up a steep hill from the beach, room for 200 cars, pay and display. Charge applies (Street map Link) – St Anta Church: On Porthrepta Road, during peak weeks, offers car parking for a small charge per day (Street map Link)
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