WHAT TO EXPECT ON THIS PADDLE ADVENTURE
This epic adventure is designed to be as fun as possible while enduring through more than 70 miles of open ocean paddling. Safety is our #1 concern. The Ocean and Gulf Stream can be highly unpredictable and every pre-caution necessary will be taken to keep everyone safe. This paddle challenge will be one of the greatest and most memorable events of your life. What you put into it, is what you get out of it.
We will have safety personnel and event officials on roving boats checking in with paddlers and crew members on a regular basis.
The Coast Guard will be notified of our float plan and contacted in case of a serious medical emergency.
See registration details and Official Rules below.
Proceeds from the fundraising goes to helping local families with cystic fibrosis through the Piper's Angels Foundation programs. Learn more at www.pipersangels.org.
Each paddler has a minimum fundraising goal of $1,000.
Each paddler will have a personal fundraising page to help them hit their goal.
Each paddler will receive a Crossing For A Cure 2018 Crusader medal, a long-sleeve performance shirt, and other awesome gifts from our sponsors.
The top five fundraising individual paddlers, top four person relay team, and top two person relay team will receive grand prizes.
THE BASICS FOR PADDLERS & VOLUNTEERS
ALL styles of paddling vessels are welcome, including the following: Stand-Up Paddleboard, 14', Stand-Up Paddleboard 12'6, Stand-Up Surfboard (12' and under), Stand-Up Paddleboard Unlimited, Standup Inflatable Unlimited, Prone Stock, Prone Unlimited, OC-1, OC-2, OC-6, Surf-Ski, Kayak Single, Kayak Double, Rowing Single, Dory (2-persons)
June is considered one of the best months to cross from Florida to the Bahamas or vice versa, but wind and weather conditions can change quickly.
The U.S. Coast Guard will be informed and provided with our navigation plans. U.S. Coast Guard approved life PFDs and leashes are required.
Paddlers and volunteers are responsible for their own travel and transportation of gear to Bimini. However, there will be limited availability on support vessels going to Bimini for those interested and will be designated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Paddlers are responsible for their own accommodations while staying in Bimini. We will provide recommendations based on availability.
Support vessels and escort boats must be a minimum of 22ft. and be powered by two engines.
Registered participants will receive the Official Crossing Crusaders Guide and Rules.
See the Official Rules for more detailed info.
The Crossing For A Cure is a vehicle and mechanism for driving awareness, fundraising, inspiration, improved quality of life, and social innovation in the cystic fibrosis community. Through the Piper’s Angels Foundation and our programs, we are able to make a lifelong impact on the patients and families facing the challenges of this heart-breaking terminal disease. With every stroke of your paddle during your training and on the Crossing, you can hold this understanding and intention in your mind and heart. This is why we paddle.