The 3.5 mile open-water course from West Bay Park to Budd Inlet.
There will be boats on the water to assist. Unlimited amount of people per vessel allowed (i.e. multi-person kayak or canoe).[/fusion_text]
The Team Captain must pick up the team’s race packet prior to the race. Please refer to the procedures at the front of the race guide for pickup times and location. The packet includes team racing bibs & t-shirts. The designated team representative must distribute items to team members. There will be no racing bibs at the transition areas.
All self-propelled vessels accepted (canoe, kayak, raft, paddle board, etc). Coast Guard approved life jackets must be worn by all participants at all times in an approved manner. iPods, MP3s, Walkmans or similar music/audio systems are not allowed to be used by the racers while competing. We recommend that all racers carry a cell phone in an attached waterproof bag so that you can call for help if rescue boats do not see you.
Anybody removing or even unzipping their life jacket is subject to immediate disqualification. Safety boats on the bay are watching for this very thing. All participants are required to have a whistle. If you flip in the bay, your number should be ATTACHED to you so it doesn’t sink to the bottom of the bay or float away because it was loose in the boat.
Notes: If you tip over, you will not be docked or disqualified for getting assistance from other paddlers or assist boats. If you need assistance, wave your paddle blade in the air above you for distress call and blow your whistle.
The course is 3.5 miles long. The actual pass off from the biker to the paddler will take place in the transition zone. The paddler is responsible for the road biker’s finish time. Please be ready and in position when your teammate is approaching. When you receive the tag from the road biker, put your boat in the water, canoe to Swantown, and then tag the runner. At the completion of the paddle leg, the canoeists will dock their canoe between the two flags. All paddlers will carry the boat, paddles, & life jackets up the dock to the transition area (the runner may help). This is where you you will tag the runner and they can head off on their leg. You should retrieve your canoe immediately from the transition area.
There is no parking at West Bay Park. Please respect the neighbors and park users by dropping off your kayaker and not lingering. Team road bikers should tag their paddler at West Bay and ride to Swantown Boatworks to meet the team and wait for their paddler(s).
It is important for all racers to show their bib numbers when crossing the transition areas. Timing of individual legs may vary based upon transition area layout. Therefore, personal time kept by racers may not correspond with official results.
Volunteering for the Paddle Leg
If you want to volunteer for the Paddle leg of the race, please make sure to mark it in your volunteer registration.