Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD
The 2018 Bay Bridge Paddle is in the books. The racing went off without a hitch and we were able to get all three courses completed before the rain fell. It was a great day! Thank you to all of our sponsors, especially Leinenkugel, Sprint, and Kind. Thank you to our supporters and racers! We hope you had a wonderful day and can’t thank you enough for helping make this the 2nd biggest paddle event on the East Coast!!!
Congratulations to our big winners:
9m course – 14′ SUP men
9m course – 12’6″ women
9m course – Sea Kayaks men
Check out all of the results here!
Water enthusiasts of all ages and expertise are invited to join us at the Bay Bridge Paddle, open to Stand Up Paddleboards, Kayaks and other paddle craft.
Paddling any part of the Chesapeake Bay waters is a thrilling experience and launching from Sandy Point State Park is no different. With a beautiful sandy beach on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, you are provided with expansive views overlooking the Bay Bridge. This race will bring together all levels of paddlers to share in a day of camaraderie and fellowship. Each race will present a different experience and challenge, the bay’s shifting conditions add to the fun as racers can experience anything from flat water glides to gusty winds and unpredictable swell and tides from the wind and current.
The Elite 9 mile Crossing will challenge racers with a high level of fitness and paddling experience; racers with less experience or conditioning can enjoy the 5K Paddle or the 1.5K recreation course closer to shore. In addition to these races, there will be other memorable events to entertain everyone, and with the generous backing of our sponsors, there will be over $7,000 in prizes and cash awarded!
Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in the elite race with ten (10) or more participants in a class: 14′ Men’s paddleboard and 12’6″ Women’s paddleboard classes will receive the highest payout of prize money. Awards ceremony will take pace shortly after the races have completed.
All race participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and a carb-loaded breakfast to help get you energized for the race. When you return from the race and are ready to refuel, you will also receive a complimentary delicious, fresh, healthy lunch package. There will be other breakfast and lunch food items for sale for all attendees during the event.
Register for either clinic at paddleguru.com
Both clinics will be offered Friday, June 1st. Time 3:30pm – 5pm.
Larry Cain – 5 Fundamentals Clinic:
This clinic is an introduction to the 5 fundamentals of effective paddling technique used by the best professional racers. What you’ll find is that everyone attempts to do the fundamentals of things in technique, but executes them in a highly personalized way that makes the most sense for their unique anthropocentric measurements (body type) and fitness strengths and weaknesses. Larry will explain each of the fundamentals – the what, why and how if each – and share drills with participants that will help them learn to execute each fundamental better and in the process improve their technique and ability to move their board effectively. He’ll take a look at each paddler and suggest which drills they should focus on in priority order moving forward.
All Levels Clinic with Seychelle:
Improve stroke efficiency, work on speed and maneuvering your board. This includes footwork, steering and turns. We will also discuss racing and training techniques and paddling to increase fitness and endurance. I always like to leave tine in my clinics for Q & A – (nutrition, strength training, distance paddling, sprints, etc.) Come prepared to ask for what you want to learn so I can tailor the clinic according to you.
The Bay Bridge Paddle proudly supports the Foundation for Community Betterment.
The official hotel sponsor for the 2018 Bay Bridge Paddle is Country Inn & Suites. Call them at 410-571-6700 for special $149 per night rate. 2 night stay minimum if staying Saturday night. Special rate only available for a short time.
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*Be sure to carefully review Race Information and sign appropriate waivers. In order to participate, you must sign waivers online or bring printed, signed waivers to the paddle event.
at Sandy Point State Park, East Beach
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Larry Cain – 5 Fundamentals clinic
All levels clinic with Seychelle
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Pick up your racing packet, breakfast and lunch meal tickets, official Bay Bridge Paddle racer shirt (provided by IDOSUP), and check out some last minute items and offers by some of our partners who will be onsite to answer questions and provide some give-aways.
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Join us for dinner by Sprout, sponsored by Kind at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson. $20 per person gets you a make-your-own-bowl dinner.
7:15am – 8:15am
7:30am – 8:00am
8:00am – 8:20am
1:00pm – 2:00pm
No, admission to the event is by pre-registration only. Day of Registration is not available.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “paddle rental” if you are interested in renting a paddle board or kayak. Paddle board prices range from $40 – $60, depending on the type of board you wish to rent. Kayaks prices range from $50 – $80.
The official hotel sponsor for the 2018 Bay Bridge Paddle is Country Inn & Suites. Call them at 410-571-6700 for special $149 per night rate. 2 night stay minimum if staying Saturday night.
Yes, we will be sponsoring 2 clinics with Pro paddlers. Both clinics can be registered for at paddleguru.com. Both clinics will be held on Friday, June 1st at Sandy Point State Park.
We are working with our sponsors on discounts and will pass any along that we receive. Please stay tuned.
Refunds are allowed more than 10 days from the event. We are not able to process refunds less than 10 days from the event.
Spectators will be allowed in the spectator area. There will be food/drinks available for purchase for spectators as well.
Entry fee covers cost of the race. In addition, each racer will receive a racing t-shirt, breakfast and lunch.
Yes, Parking is $5 per person for Maryland residents, and $7 per person for out of state residents. Each participant will be sent a parking pass for one car only that can be used for that racer.
The elite race 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.
No. We have many classes for paddling, including SUP, Prone, Surfski, and Sea Kayak, depending on the particular course.
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The race will take place in the morning with start times between 8:00 and 11:00 (weather dependent). We will update these times as we finalize the schedule.
Refunds are allowed more than 10 days from the race. Within 10 days, there will be no refunds. Please contact us to process your refund.
The Elite Race is out to the eastern shore, around a bouy, and back to Sandy Point State Park. No transportation is necessary.
Yes. Food will be available for purchase.
Pets are not allowed at Sandy Point State Park during the Bay Bridge Paddle.
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!
We are currently working with sponsors and should have more information shortly.
Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase on-site for spectators (Breakfast and lunch is included in event price for racers). Groceries can be purchased off-site from our sponsor, Fresh Market.
We recommend Naval Bagels and Stan and Joes as sponsors of ours. However, there are many wonderful restaurants in the Greater Annapolis Area.
There are a limited number of vendor positions available. Please contact us if you are interested.
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.