New England Stand Up Paddle Race Schedule 2014



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Massachusetts SUP racer Will Rich battles Dan Gavere during the 9 Mile distance race in Boston Harbor during the 2012 Boston Tea Paddle. foto: John del Rosario





As stand up paddling continues to grow around the world and especially here in New England, so does the list of races and events. Here is a list for the upcoming 2014 season. Most of these are straight up SUP events but a few others like the Run of the Charles are long running canoe and kayak races that have opened up SUP divisions in the last couple of years. This list is a work in progress and just what I have dug up. If you want to add more details to something I already have up or add a new race to the list then please let us know!.

Races with different boat types that have stand up paddle classes are denoted with a *.



April New England Stand Up Paddle Events

April 27th – 32nd Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race* New England’s largest canoe and kayak race, held each April, includes 6, 9, and 19 mile races, a 24-mile, five-leg canoe relay race, and a 26-mile professional marathon. Has stand up paddle and prone paddle divisions. www.crwa.org/rotc/rotc.html



May New England Stand Up Paddle Events

May 10th – Essex River Race* The Essex River Race is a 5.5+ mile open water event from the Essex River at Route 133 in Essex, MA, out behind the barrier beaches of Ipswich and back. Has stand up paddle and prone paddle divisions. Online Registration is open and the Entry Fee is $35 which goes until Thursday, May 8th at 12AM. No walk-ins on Race Day! Race is capped at 180 entrants so be sure to register early.
www.blackburnchallenge.com

May 17th – Westport River SUP Classic hosted by Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures on Saturday May 17th. Info on website says… This year we are adding sprint races, tandem races, & fun races for the groms to get the whole family involved. We are currently finalizing logistics for the event and will post registration information soon. ospreyseakayak.com/races/westport-river-classic/

May 18th – Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle* Join the Mystic River Watershed Association for a fun day along the Mystic River. The day’s events include a 5K run/walk race, three paddling races (3, 9, and 12 miles), a bicycle tour, educational booths, children’s activities, and more. mysticriver.org/herring-run-paddle/

May 24th – Newport Classic 3 mile recreational race and 6 mile Elite. Fun competitive racing in Newport Harbor on Memorial Day Weekend. Elite race is WPA sanctioned and paddlers will be competing for a $500 cash purse in the Elite Division and over $1,000 in prizes in the Recreational Division. Entry fee is $55 for Recreational Race, $75 for Elite, Kids 12 and under $25. 7:30 to 8:30am onsite registration, 9:00am race start. Race is at Fort Adams, Sail Newport, Mule Barn Beach in Newport, RI. Newport Classic

May 31st – SoundSurfer Waterman’s Challenge  Open and Elite races, sprints, kids races. WPA Sanctioned event. On the Saugatuck River in Westport, CT. Hosted by Down Under Surf Shop. This is a charity event to benefit JDRF, F.O.C.U.S (For Our Children’s Unlimited Success), and Harborwatch. www.soundsurfer.org



June New England Stand Up Paddle Events

June 14th – CCBC Wellfleet SUPathlon A true waterman’s challenge! A “Battle of the Paddle” style race that combines paddling through surf-break, navigating around buoys and beach running. Race categories include, men’s, women’s or team relay. Surf competition to follow if conditions permit. Whitecrest Beach, Wellfleet, MA. Wellfleet SUPathon

June 15th – Narrow River SUP Race #1 4.5 mile flat water race in the Narrow River, Narragansett, RI. Signups at Narrow River Kayak 8:30-9:30am. Race starts at 10am. Race length and course varies with each race. Eight age groups and category contest. Entry fee is is $35. www.narrowriverkayaks.com

June 26th – Narragansett Bay SUP Championship 2 mile recreational race, 6 mile Elite and 2 Person Relay. The event will be held on the Spectacular Narragansett Bay in the beautiful waters off the north west  shore line of Aquidneck Island. The course sits in view of  the Mt Hope Bridge, Prudence Island, Hog Island and the Hog island Light House. Elite race is WPA sanctioned and paddlers will be competing for a $500 cash purse in the Elite Division and over $500 in prizes in the Recreational Division. Entry fee is $55 for Recreational Race, $75 for Elite, Kids 12 and under $25. 8:30am onsite registration, 9:30am race start. You can Register HERE!
Race is at the exclusive Newport Beach Club in Portsmouth, RI. Narragansett Bay SUP Championship




July New England Stand Up Paddle Events

July 12th – Waterman Eco-Challenge July 12th will be a safe, fun filled day at the beach packed with a 3 mile open ocean paddle race, interactive sponsor tents with give aways, free massages, bracelet making, kids tent sand art and ocean/sun safety education. $40.00 registration fee for 3 mile ocean paddle. The event is co-ed and is open to both SUP and Prone Paddlers. Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, Rhode Island. Waterman Eco-Challenge

July 13th – Narrow River SUP Race #2 4.5 mile flat water race in the Narrow River, Narragansett, RI. Signups at Narrow River Kayak 8:30-9:30am. Race starts at 10am. Race length and course varies with each race. Eight age groups and category contest. Entry fee is is $35. www.narrowriverkayaks.com

July 19th – The Blackburn Challenge* The Blackburn Challenge is a 20+ mile open water circumnavigation of Cape Ann. Has stand up paddle and prone paddle divisions. www.blackburnchallenge.com

July 19th – CCBC Challenge on the Charles 4-mile SUP race on the Charles River followed by a party and fundraiser on the banks of the Charles River. Community Boating Docks, Boston, MA. Challenge on the Charles

July 26th – 4th Annual Chunky Dunk Duathlon and 2nd Annual Moona Loona Stand Up Paddle Classic 1 mile Kids Race, 2.5 mile Rec Race, 5 mile Rec/Raceboard Race. Albee Beach, Albee Beach Road, Wolfeboro, NH Moona Loona Stand Up Paddle Classic

July 26th – Paddle to the Point The Paddle to the Point is a charity stand-up paddle board race. It will be run on a closed 3 mile course off of Main Beach in Ogunquit, ME. Benefits the Molly Fund. www.paddletothepoint.org



August New England Stand Up Paddle Events

August 8-10th – Lobster SUP Cup ”The Battle for Penobscot Bay, Maine – Bring your Claws!” 2-Day SUP Stage Race. The Lobster SUP CUP offers 2-days of challenging SUP racing on famed Penobscot Bay. The 25-mile route follows the western shore of the Bay between Rockland and Belfast Harbors.
lobstersupcup.com

August 9th – 5th Annual Stand Up for the Lake, Burlington, Vermont Stand up paddle race/festival on Lake Champlain in Burlington to benefit the Community Sailing Center. 3 mile recreational race, 6 mile elite race, kids race, relay races, instruction and demos. Live music, food, and festival on site. Prizes and trophies awarded. www.standupforthelake.com

August 10th – Narrow River SUP Race #1 4.5 mile flat water race in the Narrow River, Narragansett, RI. Signups at Narrow River Kayak 8:30-9:30am. Race starts at 10am. Race length and course varies with each race. Eight age groups and category contest. Entry fee is is $35. www.narrowriverkayaks.com

August 16th – 7th Annual Cape Cod Bay Challenge 34-mile SUP marathon leaving Plymouth, across Cape Cod Bay with an after party and fundraiser in Wellfleet, MA to end the day. The grand daddy of New England stand up paddle events, the CCBC is a benefit for Christopher’s Haven. Cape Cod BAy Challenge

August 24th – 1st Annual Providence Paddle Battle Three mile short course and nine mile long course starts and finishes at Waterplace Park in downtown Providence, RI. The race is to benefit the Save the Bay organization that helps clean up Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. Info and Registration www.providencepaddlebattle.com

August 24th – 2nd Annual Nonantum Resort Paddle Battle* 1.7 mile short course on the Kennebunk River in Maine. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Kennebunkport Fire Department. Info and Registration www.paddlebattlekport.com

August 30th – Newport SUP Cup 6 mile Elite and 3 mile Open class races around Goat Island. Race from Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI. newportsupcup.coastalurge.com



September New England Stand Up Paddle Events

September 20th – Paddle For The Bays* Another exciting day on Barnstable’s southern waters, featuring the aquatic sports of kayaking, canoeing and the growing, popular and challenging fun of the sport of paddle boarding. 5 and 10 mile race for all board classes at Ropes Beach in Cotuit, MA. www.3bays.org/events/Paddle-for-the-Bays.html

September ??? – Nantucket Paddle Battle* Another exciting day on Barnstable’s southern waters, featuring the aquatic sports of kayaking, canoeing and the growing, popular and challenging fun of the sport of paddle boarding. 5 and 10 mile race for all board classes at Ropes Beach in Cotuit, MA. Nantuckety Paddle Battle