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Piel Island Race – Sailing Instructions

Sailing instructions are now available for the Piel Island Race.

Please note this race has been rescheduled and is now 23rd September 2023, 06:30 start.

This race forms part of the Liverpool Bay Series and is a coastal course of 43 miles.

The race is being ran under World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations – Category 4, so AIS and a life raft are encouraged but not required.

This is a great weekend event to a unique location, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a longer day sailing and explore the coastline of Lancashire and Cumbria.

If you have any queries about the race, please contact Alistair Roaf (Sailing Captain).


Information from your Rear Commodore, Andrea, about the weekend’s social activities…

Once we arrive, The King of Piel Island will be ready to greet you at the bar in the Ship Inn pub!

Aaron, aka the King has kindly offered to put food on in the evening for us at £10 per head; please let me know if you intend to eat so we can firm up numbers for catering purposes. If all boat owners could nominate one person to collect the funds for me as I am currently away until Friday but will be there with you all on the day. 

I would recommended bringing provisions as there are no shops to pop out too!

There will be a ferry to take you to and from your boat throughout the day and in to the evening.  There is also a ferry that runs throughout the day to Piel Island from Roe Island for a small fee for those driving up. For those intending to camp, there is a small charge of £5 per tent per night.

Q. How do I get to Piel Island?

A. Train station: Roose (4 miles from Roa Island) – Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster line. Car: Enter the postcode LA13 0QN on your Sat Nav which will take you to Roa Island where you can catch the ferry. There is a free car park situated by Roa Island Boat Club.

Q. What time does the ferry run and how much does it cost?

A. In high season (April to Sept), the ferry runs backwards and forwards daily Monday to Sunday 11am – 4.30pm (weather permitting) and costs £6.00 return per adult, £4.00 return per child and under 4’s are free. If you are unsure please call Paul on 07798 794550.

Q. What are the pub opening times and does it sell food?

A. From April to Sept, during school holidays and bank holidays, the pub is open Tuesdays – Sunday 11am – 11:30pm . We do not currently serve food however this is something we are looking into so keep on checking back on our website for news.

Q. Can I camp on the Island?

A. Yes you can. Camping is £5.00 per tent per night. Parties over 5 are to call to pre book. Please call at the bar on arrival to book on.  Piel Island is a S.S.S.I (Site of Special Scientific Interest) so you must adhere to general guidelines. Disposable bbq’s are to be at least 12” off the ground so as not the damage the grass. You are not allowed campfires on the Island or beach. There are outside toilets on the island which are not locked at night but remember to bring a torch as there is no electricity on the Island. All campers must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Camper vans or trailer tents cannot be brought onto the Island as there is no vehicular access.

Q. Are dogs allowed on the Island and in the Pub?

A. Dogs are allowed on the Island but must be kept on a lead AT ALL TIMES to protect our wildlife. Well behaved dogs are allowed in the pub but again must be kept on a lead at all times.

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