Matthew and Irma forced closure of the main part of Hunting Island State Park for 2016/2017, but the Paddlefest is back stronger than ever! We moved the start/finish a mile or so to Russ Point Landing in the east end of the Park. The Landing features great views, plenty of parking and a narrow beach for staging boats, starting and timing the race.
As before, paddlers will have the choice of 3.0 (1 lap) or 6.0 (2 lap) mile races. You will head down into the Hunting Island Lagoon near the newly breached beach area before turning back up to the start. You'll be amazed to see what Matthew and Irma have done to the Lagoon! This year, the award ceremony will be on the patio at Brody's Bar and Grill on the way back to Beaufort and will include free beer and chili for all racers. If you want to buy something else, just wear your Paddlfest (game) T-shirt and enjoy a 15% discount.
Net proceeds go to the Friends of Hunting Island.
Come and have a blast!
Adult: $45 (increases to $50 on Monday, Oct. 30) Youth: $20
Raffle Prizes - Epic Kayak Club Carbon wing paddle. Carbon blade + green shaft. Small Mid Wing model. 205 to 215 cm. Retail value $299.
-$50 gift certificate and five performance hats from Tim Lovett at Higher Ground Outfitters
- Certificates to third place in each class.
Other Good Things
- Gatorade, fruit, yogurt, water and other snacks on site after the race.
- Paddlefest T-shirts
Boat classification is primarily based on the Sound Rowers System. Go here to learn about the system and see a list of classes and boats.
Please contact me if you have a question about your boat.
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
Sea Kayak class – 18 ft or less with a minimum width at the 4 in waterline of 10.8% of length (Sound Rower's Classification System)
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 outrigger 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).
9:00 AM. to 10:30 AM. Check in.
10:30 AM. Pre race meeting (mandatory)
11 A.M. Mass Start
Please note: there is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
Registration closes at 6 PM on Friday, Nov. 3
Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.