Beaufort River Quest 2017


Race Description

The River Quest is back! It will return as a criterium style race fronting the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in historic downtown Beaufort, SC. This exciting race will be the first of its kind in the South East!

Spectators can watch the action up close from the Waterfront Park. It's just a 100 yard stroll from Bay (Main) Street to the race site. You won't beleive how fast some of these racers can go!

Paddlers  chose between short ( 3.5 miles, 2 laps) and long (7.5 miles, 4 laps) courses. They can use any paddle craft, including  Surfskis, Kayaks, SUPs, Prone Boards,  Outriggers, Pedal Boats, and other Recreational Craft

Net proceeds go to the Youth Boating Program at the Beaufort County YMCA.


We will present awards for both the 2017 River Quest and the 2016 SEPSeries after the race. The presentation will take place in the Waterfront Park's lovely Contemplative Garden.


Adult: $45 ($50 starting April 2), Youth: $25

Raffle Prizes

- Epic Kayak Club Carbon wing paddle. Carbon blade + green shaft. Small Mid Wing model. 210 to 220 cm. Retail value $299.

- SUP lesson for 2 from Tim Lovett at Higher Ground Outfitters

Other Good Stuff

- Gatorade, fruit, water  and Cubanito  sandwiches from Publix after the race 

- River Quest T-shirts (Register by April 2, 2017  to ensure you get one)

- Certificates  to 3d place in each class

- Get together after the awards in the nearby Q on Bay Restaurant.

Race Classes

High Performance Kayaks and Surfskis - Unlimited – All 18+ ft long kayaks  plus narrow shorter boats like ICF K1′s and wildwater racing kayaks.

Fast Sea Kayak (FSK) – any single kayak or surf ski with a maximum overall length of 18’ and a 4” waterline beam of at least 8.5% of length

Sea Kayak  –   any single kayak or surf ski with a maximum overall length of 18’ and a 4” waterline beam of at least 10.8% of length

Rec class - Preferably boats 14 ft or less in length.  Basically, anything goes!

SUP – 14'

SUP - 12'6"

SUP -  12' or under (surf)

Prone - 12'6"

Prone - 14'

OC-1 – Any one person canoe

Tandem – Any tandem canoe, kayak, or outrigger.

Pedal Boat - Hobie Mirage, etc.

Rowing Boats - 1 person

Each  class is further broken down into Open (below 50) and Masters (50 and over).


8 AM. to 9:30 AM. Check in.
9:30 AM. Pre race meeting (mandatory)

10 AM. Mass Start 

Please note: there is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Richard Geier2Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Bill Gardner4High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Darryl Gibson6RecreationalOpenGuy
Jazzmin Cabrera-gibson7SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Jack Cunningham8SUP 12'6"Sr. Masters 50+Guy
Mark Hamrick15SUP Stock 14OpenGuy
William Delonge23SUP 12'6"Sr. Masters 50+Guy
Terry Perkins24SUP Stock 14Sr. Masters 50+Guy
Michael Castelvecchi27SUP Stock 14OpenGuy
Jennifer Carver31SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Alice Freeman33SUP 12'6"Sr. Masters 50+Girl
Charmaine Saulsbury35SUP 12'6"Sr. Masters 50+Girl
Fred Brown, Kristina Stefanic Brown43TandemOpenMixed
Leslie Brass44High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Girl
Tim Lovett45SUP Stock 14OpenGuy
Marlo Smith47SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Steve Gurney48SUP Under 12'6"Sr. Masters 50+Guy
Abby Maiorano50SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Dena Wolforth, Dena Wolforth53TandemSr. Masters 50+Girl
Alan Benson54Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Leslie Kendall, Dena Wolforth56TandemSr. Masters 50+Girl
John Lojko57SUP Under 12'6"OpenGuy
Nancy Carrillo61Fast Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Girl
Megan Mack63SUP Stock 14OpenGirl
Carson Bruce64SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Ashley Starkey65SUP 12'6"OpenGuy
Todd Norris67SUP Stock 14OpenGuy
Melina Cunningham69SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Chris Anderholm1Fast Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Jonathan Felix3SUP Stock 14OpenGuy
Lynn Marie King5Fast Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Girl
Anne Kelly9High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Girl
Charlie Westrip, Holly Westrip10TandemOpenMixed
Elizabeth Westrip, Charles Westrip11TandemOpenMixed
Chris Cannavaro12Prone 14'OpenGuy
Rick Baker13High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Thad Johnson14Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Mark Poole16High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Joe Vinson17High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Larry Dixon18High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Scott Maher19Fast Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Dana Richardson20High Performance KayakOpenGirl
Robert Osborn21Fast Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Susan Shaffer22SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Joe Hester25High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Jim Budi26Fast Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Ethan Palmer28High Performance KayakOpenGuy
Susan Kubik29Fast Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Girl
John Batson30SUP Stock 14OpenGuy
Todd Hyatt32Fast Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Chris Fitzpatrick34SUP 12'6"Sr. Masters 50+Girl
Patrick Carver36Prone 12'6"OpenGuy
Ryan Boland37High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Myrlene Marsa38High Performance KayakOpenGirl
Joseph Dichiacchio39High Performance KayakOpenGuy
Andrew Whicker40OC-1OpenGuy
Leslie Chaplin41Fast Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Girl
Lindsey O'shea42High Performance KayakOpenGirl
John Mitchell46High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Pete Chaplin49Fast Sea KayakSr. Masters 50+Guy
Elizabeth Poacher, Bruce Poacher51TandemOpenMixed
Paul Moore52Fast Sea KayakOpenGuy
William Cummins55High Performance KayakOpenGuy
Cj Haynes58High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Girl
Justin Schaay59Fast Sea KayakOpenGuy
Pete Greene60High Performance KayakOpenGuy
Laurens Willard62High Performance KayakOpenGuy
Roddy Medders66SUP Stock 14OpenGuy
Grace Metzgar68SUP Stock 14OpenGirl
Karen Vinson70High Performance KayakSr. Masters 50+Girl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.


Paddlers can  chose between short ( 3.5 miles, 2 laps) and long (7.0 miles, 4 laps) courses. Both front the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort, SC.

Spectators can watch the action up close from the Park waterfront. The racers will be only a few yards away, so you will feel like you are a part of the race.

GPS destination address: Downtown Marina, 1006 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC

From the South, take SC Exit 8 off I95

From the North, take Exit 33 off I95.


Apr 8, 2017


Beaufort, SC