Harbor Island 3.5 Mile Recreational Race
This is a 3.5-mile flat water race, in the inland waterways and ICWW around Harbor Island in Wrightsville Beach. There are currents and wind, some boat traffic, but no ocean swells and a large portion of the race is in no-wake zones. This 3.5 mile race around Harbor Island on Wrightsville Beach is the 5K of the SUP race scene. It’s the perfect distance and course to start off on your SUP race adventure. Depending on your board and experience, it will take between 50 minutes and and hour and a half to complete the course. This is a great opportunity to get on a board and enjoy the water, enjoy the day.
The Money Island 6.5 Mile Open Race
This is a longer flat-water race, in the inland waterways around Wrightsville Beach, Harbor Island and the spoil islands between WB and Masonboro Island. Just like the Recreational Race, there are currents and wind, but no ocean swells. This 6 mile race around Harbor Island on Wrightsville Beach is the 10K of the SUP race scene. It’s the perfect distance and course if you’ve been paddling and want a challenge. This is an intermediate to advanced race. Depending on your board and experience, it will take between 1 and 2 hours to complete the course. This is a great opportunity to get into the racing scene, to push you body, and to see what you can do.
The Graveyard 13.2 Mile Elite Race
This is a beach start and finish. This is a 12.6-13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race, started on the ocean side of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, out through the surf, downwind to the inlet, into the inland waterways and ICWW around Wrightsville Beach. There are two inlets, one of which will require racers to surf waves in through the inlet. There will be some boat traffic, and ocean swells. The ocean section of the race will be the downwind section, if the weather cooperates. We will change the direction of the race to optimize the conditions for a fast, fun, challenging race. The mileage depends on the line you take. This Carolina Cup paddle race is for elite paddlers with the skill and fitness to complete this endurance challenge. Depending on your board and experience, it will take between 2 and 3.5 hours to complete the course. This is a great opportunity to push your limits and measure yourself against some of the best paddlers in the world.
YOU MUST FINISH THE HALF-WAY MARK WITHIN 2 HOURS.
THERE IS A 5 HOUR LIMIT on the Elite Race.
Divisions: Juniors (under 16), Mens and Womens, Over 50 Mens and Womens BOARD SIZES: Stock (12’6” and under), 14’ and Unlimited SUP, stock, 14 and unlimited traditional paddleboard, OC-1, OC-2, surf ski, Ocean Kayak
This year, there is a RELAY DIVISION: Same board, use your own paddle. There are no split times, only an overall time.
MONEY DIVISION/CASH PRIZES: Womens Elite Stock (12’6” and under), and Mens Elite 14’
We will be following WPA Rules, including:
- YOU NEED TO WEAR A PFD or HAVE A PFD ON YOUR BOARD to race.
- Drafting is allowed, but you can only draft the same sex and same board size. You can not draft Candice if you are a guy, it’s not fair. She’s faster. And you can’t draft an 18 if you’re on a 12’6″ or an OC if you are on a 14, etc.
- You can’t draft boats, safety, Coast Guard, etc.
There is a time limit this year. Those who do not reach the half-way mark within 2 hours will not be allowed to continue the race.
Ocean of Hope Cancer Awareness Paddle
8-9 on Sunday.Details to follow. Please donate to our cause: www.sarcomaalliance.org/ocean-of-hope
The race will be Sunday at 11am and will and will be divided into age appropriate brackets to encourage safety and the comradery of friendly competition. Every kid’s a winner and everyone walks away with a shirt . It’s for kids 7 to 14 and is more of a family, fun event.
The more future watermen there are, the better the world will be. Let’s all pass the aloha on…
Girls and Boys Divisions:
- Ages 7-9
- Ages 10-12
- Ages 13-14
All competitors have to wear USCG-approved life jackets and can not wear waist-inflatable pfds. Race can be cancelled due to weather and conditions. All kids get a tshirt and a free lesson with registration.
The Race starts at 11:00 am Sunday