Our course begins just off shore, below the bluff of the UMass Field Station. Some of you may know this area as adjacent to the Fulling Mill Creeks.
- Paddlers can expect a headwind on the first leg of the triangular course, as they paddle aprox 1/2 mile to Third Point.
- The second leg will bring some side chop, but in the lee of the wind as paddlers make their way to Five Fingers Point.
- The third and final leg of the course will be a strong and fast downwind run back towards the start.
3-mile recreational racers will do ONE loop around the course (this includes men's and women's divisions in 12'6" and surf SUPs, as well as all kayakers and prone paddlers. Elite racers will do TWO. There fore there will be 3 major buoy turns for Recs and 6 for Elites. The finish line will be ON THE BEACH. Racers will unleash themselves and drop their boards, charge up the beach, paddles in hand, to ring the finish bell.
The 3 Outriggers of the Nantucket Outrigger Club will race one another, making two loops around the course. AFTER the other races have finished.*
The Family Fun paddle, will be an out and back, and run parallel to the beach, .5 miles each way.
*This will be a fantastic event for spectators, especially those who have never seen the beauty of the synchronized outrigger paddle.