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 Stock 14Sr. Masters 50+Guy
Mark Hamrick15SUP Stock 14OpenGuy
William Delonge23SUP 12'6"Sr. Masters 50+Guy
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
Karen Vinson, Joe Vinson17TandemSr. Masters 50+Mixed
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

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