Bremerton 2 Bridges Tidal Race - 2021

The Bremerton 2 Bridges Tidal Race takes advantage of the Port Washington Narrow’s fast tidal current. The other first annual race was cancelled in 2020 for Covid-19.

Trying again, I’m working on details with the currents and the city to find a good summer date for the Bremerton 2 Bridges Tidal Race.

The 8 mile course starts from Lyons Park just after the beginning of the ebb (outgoing tide) and shoot down the Narrows under two bridges using the swift current.

At the end of the Narrows and across from the waterfront Boat Shed Restaurant, in the Manette neighborhood you’ll turn back upstream and use eddies and/or your brute strength to return to Lyons Park.

Check this out – Bremerton’s Port Washington Narrows runs fast with tidal current in excess of 4 knots!  (Deception Pass maxes out at 9 kts)

DATE TBA.  Open to all human powered paddling and rowing craft with experience with current. 

Skills Tip: Learning to ‘eddy hop’ or paddle up current using eddies will get you back to Lyons Park faster and easier.  Check out my Tidal Rapids class in Deception Pass to get bomber skills in tidal currents.

Start Protocol for Phase 2:

Following current WA State Outdoor Rec Phase 2 Guidelines, we are allowed to launch a wave of 10-15 racers every minute for 200 racers. But.. Since 200 racers will be nuts to properly distance in the parking lot we are sticking to 100 this year. Slowest craft start first.

VERY IMPORTANT – Covid-19 Safety Measures in Place.

  • Per State Guidelines we will have a Covid-19 sanitation and hand cleaning station at the start.
  • Masks will be required to be worn in the parking lot and shore areas and by safety crew on-water when in close contact with participants.
  • You will be assigned a start time for your heat.  Aside from the first (slower craft heat), all heats will be set by type of water craft.
  • Please follow our onsite guidelines to stay distanced on shore and when entering the water. Stay clear of the start area if your heat isn’t immediately.
  • Do not attend if you’re feeling sick and/or have a temp. No refund permitted if so.
  • Life jackets required to be worn by all participants. Leashes as well for SUPs.  Recommend a reliable communication device and hi-vis colors.

Who Should Attend

  • Open to all human powered paddling craft – Row, SUP, kayak, surf ski, outrigger, prone, peddle.
  • Advanced paddlers who are familiar paddling in tidal currents. *See Participant Requirements below.  Must know how to swim.
  • Must be able to finish course in 2 hours
  • 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.
  • Per Phase 2 Guidelines, no spectators at the starting line area for distancing.

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