An 8 day, 200+ mile paddle covering the entire length of the Chesapeake Bay.This is not a race, it’s a journey to challenge your physical and mental endurance on one of the most spectacular, diverse and scenic bodies of water on the planet.
33 miles: Havre de Grace to Haven Harbor South
22 miles: Haven Harbor South to Claiborne Landing
27 miles: Claiborne Landing to Taylors Island Campground
29 miles: Taylor’s Island to Crocheron Wharf
23 miles: Crocheron Wharf to Crisfield
24 miles: Crisfield to Harborton
32 miles: Harborton to Cape Charles
25 miles: Cape Charles to Atlantic Ocean
For anyone interested in participating
No, this will be a self-supported race. You can provide a safety or support boat for you or your team, but extra boats will not be available.
You’ll be responsible for your own accommodations. We’re working on some discounted rates and will provide a recommended plan. The course is intentionally designed to allow you to stay two nights in multiple locations. For example, Kent Island is between both Rock Hall and St. Michaels. Cambridge works well for Taylors Island and Crocheron.
Each paddler will be required to wear a vest PFD similar to this (no waist based inflatables), bring their own marine VHF radio and their cell phone at all times on the water. All gear, including paddles and board, kayak, etc will be checked prior to starting each day.
We will create land based exit points through each day so paddlers can exit the water by land if needed.
We will provide a safety plan, including procedures during a weather or medical emergency for all paddlers and any land support teams
We will look out for each other on the water. This is not a race and the safety of everyone is all of our responsibility.
That’s the goal, just do your best to get there. We are creating a business sponsorship package you can use to get corporate sponsors for yourself or your team and Bay Paddle will direct interested businesses to our teams.
1-to-16. This is an 8 day paddle covering about 27 miles per day. Day 1 is the longest, 33 miles and day 2 is the shortest, 22 miles.
You can break up each day however you see fit as a team (2-people per day, 1 per day rotating each day, 2-people rotating the 1st 4 days and another 2 covering the back 4).
Just plan ahead if you’re thinking about doing 2-paddlers daily on how and when you make the transition.
Team plans will need to be sent to race organizers the night before each day so we know who is on the water when.
No, you can come and go as needed.
We will all start at the same time in the morning each day and finish at least 30 minutes before dusk. Official times will be posted prior based on high tide in the morning and dusk in the evening.
Yes, we will group similar paddle types (SUP, kayak, OC, surfski, etc) together for the start.
No, we are not racing against each other and there are no 1st place prizes. The goals are 1) to finish safely and appreciate an incredibly unique experience paddling one of the most spectacular bodies of water on the planet and 2) to help save our Bay by raising money for oyster recovery and bringing awareness to its needs and beauty.
Yes, there will be no paddling past dark and the cutoff will be at least 30 minutes before dusk.
If you can’t finish during any day, try and get to a land exit point or another public landing spot.
Train. Training programs, coaching and group race programs are available through Capital SUP, ChesSUPeake, B’More SUP and others.
You can also get an online training program if you can’t make or don’t live nearby and a coach to help with nutrition, mobility and recovery. More details to come.
Study the Bay Paddle map. Study the exit points and other potential public take out spots so you know where to go in an emergency. And please understand this map is subject to slight changes based on any safety precautions. We’ll stick with this route, but may alter end points by a mile or two depending on weather conditions.
Understand the tides. We will attempt to start at the peak of high tide (highest water level) each day. The tide will start to shift and the water will go down the Bay from the peak of high tide until low tide. When we start, we’ll be paddling with the tide. The tide process from highest to lowest takes about 6 hours.
The tide shifts again from low back to high and the water will come up the Bay for 6 hours, meaning we will be paddling against the tide.
Understand the weather. Wind will play a big role and you should be prepared to paddle in conditions of 10-15+ knots and 2-3+ foot waves.
A hurricane would cancel a day(s) and this is predictable ahead of time. Storms, lightning and any dangerous weather conditions would delay or cancel a day. Some of these we can prepare ahead of time and some we may have to do so during.
We are intentionally starting on a Friday (August 27th) and finishing on a Friday (September 3rd) to give us an extra Saturday and Sunday (September 4th and 5th) if needed.
Yes, all paddlers need to be tested prior to participating or provide a vaccination card.