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2023 Date to be announced soon, Stay Tuned!!  Pricing and race info is from 2022!

Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD – East Beach

It was a great day of paddling on the Chesapeake Bay.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, raffle donors, volunteers and racers for another amazing Bay Bridge Paddle.

Check out our photos and results here.

The Bay Bridge Paddle proudly supports the Foundation for Community Betterment.

Check out our video of the 2018 Bay Bridge Paddle!

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2023 Registration will be available sometime after the 1st of the year!

Bay Bridge Paddle 2022 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

*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.

2022 Race Schedule 

Friday, TBD

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

Saturday, TBD

CLINICS!!

Location:
(Race site) Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis, MD

Schedule:
8:30a-10a SUP Race Clinic A – Improving Stroke Efficiency for Speed & Endurance
10a-1p Outrigger Clinic
10:30a-12p SUP Race Clinic – Advancing your racing performance

Outrigger Canoe Clinic
10a – 1p
Instructor: Terry Kent

FOCUS:
Getting a Great Catch
Effective Body Position
Using Your Big Muscles
The Tahitian Hinge
On-water paddling feedback
Question/Answer Session

Paddlers should bring their paddle, gear, and canoe for water skills coaching, and have all equipment set up prior to class. If you don’t have a canoe, please contact your instructor to coordinate gear for the clinic
OC Clinic Price: $135 per student

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Stand Up Paddle Clinics
Instructor: Kim Barnes

SUP Race Clinic A – Improving Stroke Efficiency for Speed & Endurance
ALL LEVELS WELCOME
8:30a – 10a

Students will learn:
Foundational elements to the stroke for efficiency and fluid speed
Core activation during the stroke
How to improve upper body rotation
Hip drive and how to optimize timing to increase your cadence during the stroke

Board is not included. Please have your board and gear ready before the clinic starts.
SUP Clinic Price: $110 per student

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SUP Race Clinic B – Advancing your racing performance
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLINIC (foundational paddling experience required)
10:30a – 12p

Students will learn:
Board maneuvering and foot steering
Turning buoys with precision and confidence
Beach race start fundamentals
Navigation strategies for choppy water, eddies and current lines
Drafting

Board is not included. Please have your board and gear ready before clinic starts
SUP Clinic Price: $110 per student

 

Sunday, TBD

2022 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 – Stay and enjoy the Maryland Seafood Festival

Course Maps

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 a racing swag, breakfast and Post-Race Refreshments (Beer & Soft Drink Tickets) and entry to the Maryland Seafood Festival.

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. Food will be available for purchase through the Maryland Seafood Festival, going on concurrently with the Bay Bridge Paddle.

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?

We recommend  Stan and Joe’s Saloon as a sponsor of ours. However, 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 radissonhotelsamericas.com/countryinn, put in Annapolis for destination and use the Promotional Code = ABC22.

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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Thank you to Biggs & Featherbelle, Liquid Death, and our raffle donors:

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