Frequently Ask

For anyone interested in participating

What else should I know?

A paddler guide will be provided with full details on everything including Schedule of Events (check-in, race day, post race party), info on board/boat storage Friday night at the start, race day morning shuttle to the start, hotel discounts and spectator info.

What type of SUP can I paddle?

No inflatables will be allowed. If you’re paddling solo, the SUP must be 14 feet long. 12 feet is fine if you’re on a team.

Are there cutoff times?

Yes, paddlers will be required to maintain a 3 MPH average speed for the 12 mile race and 3.5 for the 33 mile race. There will be cut-off points during the race.

Is any transportation provided?

Yes, buses will shuttle paddlers from Rock Hall and Kent Island to the start locations on Saturday 7/22. You can drop your SUP, surfski, OC, etc at the start on Friday 7/21.

What would delay or cancel a day?

Storms, lightning and any dangerous weather conditions would delay or cancel the race. Some of these we can prepare ahead of time and some we may have to do so during.

What can I do to prepare?

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 it or don't live nearby and a coach to help with nutrition, mobility and recovery. More details to come. Study the Course Maps (33 Mile Course map and 12 mile course 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. 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.

Are there paddle categories?

Yes, we will group similar paddle types (SUP, kayak, OC, surfski, etc) together for the start.

What safety precautions will be in place?

Each paddler will be required to wear a PFD, bring their own marine VHF radio and their cell phone at all times on the water. All gear will be checked prior to starting each day. We will create land based exit points 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

What about accommodations?

There’s limited camping at the finish in Haven Harbor Marina South. A list of hotels with discounted rates will be in the paddler guide.

Will support boats be provided?

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.

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