Date: 9/23/2023 – Postponed until September 15, 2024

Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD – East Beach

Dear racers, 

Due to the potential weather challenges in the most recent forecast, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Bay Bridge Paddle for this Saturday.  The safety of our racers is our highest priority and due to the high winds expected, we believe that not only would the race be a challenge for all of our participants, it would also pose a challenge for our safety boats.

So, what does this mean for your race registration?

Though our website states that we do not offer refunds, we care about you and hope you will continue to be a part of future Bay Bridge Paddles.  Therefore, we are offering 2 options so that you can decide what’s best for you. 

  • OPTION 1: 100% cost deferment to next year’s Bay Bridge Paddle (Sunday, September 15th, 2024). 
  • OPTION 2: 50% registration fee refund. Your 2023 Bay Bridge Paddle refund will be processed based on the fee you paid when you registered. 

All clinics will be full refunded. Please email Daryl ( by Saturday, September 23rd with your choice. If we do not receive a response by that date, your default option will be to defer your registration to next year.

Again, we are extremely disappointed to have to send this email but we feel this is the safest decision.


The Bay Bridge Paddle team

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2023 Registration Information

Bay Bridge Paddle 2023 Cost Schedule

Paddlers June July August
The Span (Elite) $90 $100 $115
The Steamer (Intermediate) $70 $80 $90
The Soft Shell (Recreational) $50 $60 $70

2023 Race Schedule 

Friday, September 22

Packet Pick-up – 4:00pm – 7:00pm.  Sandy Point State Park East Beach

4:30-6:30p Terry Kent Outrigger Canoe Race Clinic • Improve Your Stroke, Power &

4:45-6:15p Kim Barnes SUP Race Clinic • Optimize Your Race Stroke for Speed,
Endurance & Efficiency

4:45-6:15p Eri Tenorio SUP Race Clinic • Level Up Your Race Performance in Open

Click on Registration Button above to Register for Clinics and more information.

(Race site) Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, MD

Saturday, September 23
2023 Schedule 
7:15am – 8:00am – Packet Pick-up/check-in
7:30am  – 8:00am – Rental board pick-up
8:00am – 8:20am – Racer briefing
8:30 – The Span (9 mile course) – OC-6 start
8:35 – The Span (9 mile course) – Kayak, Surfski, OC-1, OC-2 start
8:40 – The Span (9 mile course) – Stand Up Paddle and Prone paddle start
8:50am – The Steamer (5k course) – Kayaks and Kayak Double start
8:55am – The Steamer (5k course) – Stand Up Paddle start
9:05am – The Soft Shell (1 mile) – Kayaks start
9:10am – The Soft Shell (1 mile) – SUPs start
12:00pm – Awards at the main stage
1:00pm – Event ends

2022 Course Maps – 2023 Course Maps coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we register the morning of the event?

No, admission to the event is by pre-registration only. Day of Registration is not available.  Registration ends at 8pm on Tuesday, September 20th.

What does my entry fee cover?

Entry fee covers cost of the race. In addition, each racer will receive racing swag, breakfast and Post-Race Refreshments (Beer & Soft Drink Tickets) and awards party after the event.

Are paddleboard and kayak rentals available?

If you are interested in renting, we have partnered with Capital SUP for your rental needs.  Please clink on this link, Bay Bridge Paddle rentals from Capital SUP, to reserve your craft.

Are you sponsoring any clinics?

Clinics and Schedule – TBD

Are spectators allowed at the paddle?

Spectators will be allowed in the spectator area. However, pets are not allowed in the Park.  There will be food/drinks available for purchase for spectators as well.

Does it cost to park at Sandy Point State Park?

Yes, Parking is $20 per car as charged by Sandy Point State Park. Each participant will be sent a parking pass for one car only that can be used for that racer.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed at Sandy Point State Park.

Can anyone do the Span Race?

The Span is an 9+ mile race for Elite paddlers with the skill and fitness to complete this endurance challenge; racers should have significant experience in diverse, challenging open water weather conditions and completing long distance races.

Are only Stand Up Paddle boards allowed?

No. We have many classes for paddling, including SUP, Prone, Surfski, Sea Kayak and OCs, depending on the particular course.

How much does it cost to paddle?
Bay Bridge Paddle Cost Schedule

Paddlers June July August
Elite (The Span) $90 $100 $115
Intermediate (The Steamer) $70 $80 $90
Recreational (The Soft Shell) $50 $60 $70

What are the times of the races?

The race will take place in the morning with start times between 8:00 and 11:00 (weather dependent). Please see the race schedule above for specific times and make sure to attend the 8:00am racer briefing for any updates.

Is there transportation back from the eastern shore to Sandy Point?

The Elite Race is out to the eastern shore, around a bouy, and back to Sandy Point State Park. No transportation is necessary.

Is food available for purchase?

Yes. There will be some food available for purchase.

Does everyone have to race or can we also join to just paddle and be a part of the fundraising event?

We will have lots of fun land and water activities the day of the event. We do have a recreational course that anyone can paddle. It is a less stressful and fun paddling experience. We may have other board demos at the event as well, so we hope you will come out and join us!

Where can people get paddle gear like PFDs and hydration packs?

We are currently working with sponsors and should have more information shortly.

Do you offer any discounts on Stand Up Paddle board purchases?

We are working with our sponsors on discounts and will pass any along that we receive. Please stay tuned.

Where can people buy groceries?

Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase on-site for spectators (Breakfast is included in event price for racers). Groceries can be purchased off-site around Annapolis and Arnold.

What great local restaurants can you recommend?

There are many wonderful restaurants in the Greater Annapolis Area.

Do you recommend any hotels in the area?

Yes! There are discount rooms available for our customers at Country Inn and Suites by Radisson. Simply go to, put in Annapolis for destination and use the Promotional Code = ABC23.

Are there vendor spots available?

There are a limited number of vendor positions available. Please contact us if you are interested.

I am no longer able to participate. Can I get a refund?

Refunds are not allowed, however you can transfer your bib.

Does your event benefit a charity and, if so, can you tell me about them?

Yes, our paddle benefits the Annapolis Chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment.   The Foundation for Community Betterment is a national organization dedicated to engaging individuals of all ages in community enhancement by creating an immediate, positive impact on the lives of individuals or organizations that share our philanthropic vision, but who currently lack the means to succeed.

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