The South Coast Greenland Gathering is being organised by Mike Holgate ( and members of the Poole Harbour Canoe Club. Has the makings of a cracking grass roots event so here are the details as published on Mike’s website for any interested folks.

South Coast Greenland Gathering

Event Details

The competition is organised by a group of volunteers to encourage Greenland paddling and personal skills. It aims to build on the thousands of years of kayak evolution and the techniques that go with it to enable the paddler to survive on the sea.

Participants are encouraged to join in and help with the organisation, whether boiling a kettle or judging an event. You don’t need to be a paddler, just comitted to the ethos of the event.

The competition will be based around the beaches at Studland, Dorset. Part of this is sheltered by the ‘Training Bank’ and this will be used for the rolling competition.

Beach access is normally via the National Trust car park at Knoll Beach. The competition area is about 2km north along the beach.

Racing will follow a coastal route. There will be a course of about 10 km.
Greenland ropes will be held in the woodland at Knoll beach.
A competition with no prizes!

There is no entry fee, as we want to encourage paddlers to attend with no barriers. A list of winners and participants will be put on the website.

Proposed schedule

Friday evening.
Move in to accommodation and meet at the Bankes Arms Studland.

Kayak race – Briefing at 09.30 , Ready to start at 10.00
Rolling tuition and training, throughout the day.
Harpoon throwing (Harpoons provided!) 14.00
Greenland ropes 16.30
End of day discussions Bankes Arms.

Greenland rolling competition.
Paddle along the coast
Competition results, Debrief and Farewell!

For bad weather alternative venues will be arranged that may involve travel by car. Well do our best to keep time and distance to a minimum.

Sign Up For Event

To sign up, please visit the Event Page on