Bremerton 2 Bridges Tidal Race - June 25, 2022

The 5.50 mile course starts from Lions Park just after the beginning of the flood current. Paddle up the Narrows using eddies under two bridges to Sinclair Inlet to beat the flood tide!  Then paddle down current with the flood current back to the starting line.  Open to most human powered paddling and rowing craft who have a reliable self rescue and with experience in rough water and/or tidal current.

The Bremerton 2 Bridges Tidal Race takes advantage of the Port Washington Narrow’s fast 1.7 to 2.62 knot tidal current – June 25 – Start at 11AM

Do the Course Twice: Overall winner of 2nd loop gets $100!


SPONSORED BY: San Juan Seltzer who are offering $100 for overall winner + lots of Seltzer / KAVU ($75) and The Boat Shed Restaurant (2 x $50 Gift Cards)

David Slepak of Tides and Currents will sponsor and pay entry fees for any racer on a Stellar kayak or surf ski.  Contact David for details

2021’s Race was sponsored by the Boat Shed Restaurant in the Manette neighborhood along the course. 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Kitsap Environmental Council

2021 RESULTS // 2021 RACE PHOTOS from Jasmine Speaks

The Course:

Right turn around the Point Herron Light #12 just outside the Narrows and paddle up the west side of the Narrows to Anderson Cove.  Left around the furthest out piling in front of the red roof beach house. Back down the Narrows (ideally on right side for eddy) to the white mooring buoy on the right just before the Warren Ave Bridge. Left around the buoy and return to Lions Park in front of the boat ramp (deepest section). Do the Course Twice and overall fastest racer wins an extra prize!

11AM – Start Time to beat the flood current


REGISTRATION ENDS: Saturday 6/25/22 @ 10am. (Walk-ins bring cash for on-site registration)

RATES: 1 person $45 | 2 person craft $55 | 3 person craft $65 | 6 person craft $100

ZOOM SAFETY MEETING: Friday 6/24/22 @ 7:30pm. Registrants will receive Zoom link. Check email & junk email.
ONSITE SAFETY MEETING: Saturday 6/25/22 @ 10:20am


Safety Pre-Race Check – Required to Race:

  • All personal equipment and water craft will be checked on shore prior to launching.

Who Should Attend

  • Open to human powered paddling craft over 12′-6″‘ – Row, SUP, kayak, surf ski, outrigger, prone, peddle.
  • Intermediate to Advanced Paddlers Only who are familiar paddling in tidal currents, wind and waves. Must know how to swim.
  • You have a 100% reliable self-rescue / recovery.
  • Must be able to finish course in 3 hours.

Required Equipment and Clothing:

  • Kayaks with bulkheads and floatation, 13′ +
  • Life jackets required to be worn by all participants except prone. Rowers must wear a foam PFD.
  • Leashes for SUPs and recommended on all craft except rowers especially if windy. We recommend leash attached to your pfd for SUPs in tidal current.
  • Tethered and waterproof reliable communication device such as VHF radio on channel 69 or phone
  • Hi-vis clothing clothing for visibility to be seen by boats and our staff

**Seeking experienced Safety Boaters ** (Power or paddle) to be stationed along the course. Must know how to use a VHF and can rescue in rough water.

Covid Restrictions..

  • We follow the current guidance for Kitsap County

Terms and Conditions

NOTE –  Regardless of Circumstances:

  • Refunds cannot be issued. You fee will be donated to the Kitsap Environmental Coalition
  • Tickets can be transferred between participants only if our registration receives the data prior to race.
  • Tickets cannot be deferred to next year
  • $500 no-refundable protest filing fee


The Course Details:

Blue arrows are tidal current.

Red are the course – staying out of the main channel to avoid boating traffic.

I recommend taking eddies (less or no current) along the shore from Lions Park all the way up to the Herron Point Light (piling)












Herron Point Light #12 (RIGHT TURN)





Anderson Cove Piling and Buoy Turns (Details Below)






Anderson Cove Left Turn around piling in front of house.





Mooring Buoy Left Turn then return to Lions Park boat ramp. Look for stairs coming down hill.



    • July 24 – Hammer the Inlet, 3m and 13 mile race on tidal current on Hammersley Inlet. Oysters!
    • Sept 25 – Lake Crescent Race – Short and Long courses in Olympic National Park
    • Dec 3 – Deception Pass Dash/Challenge, TBA.

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