Deception Pass Challenge
Check photos also from Ivan Storck
Thanks to all the volunteers, safety boaters and all participants for continuing to support racing at Deception Pass!
Thanks a bunch to Mark McAlpin for setting up registration, running Webscorer, doing sign-ups, timing / scribe / spotting and not only announcing our awards, but making the awards stones!
Thanks also to Bill Walker for your insight on running the race (and generator). And to the Skagit Search and Rescue boat!
The 2020 Deception Pass Challenge is Saturday, December 5th and is the same 6 ish mile course as the traditional Deception Pass Dash.
But.. this year, we’ll start on a diminishing ebb and slack. You must go around Strawberry Island and back under the bridge before the flood traps you on the east side! We’ll have a trailer at Cornet Bay for those that don’t make it back.
DP Challenge Race Details – If we get Phase 3 or 4
The DP Challenge starts on a diminishing ebb before slack. Participants race from Bowman Bay around Deception Island then through the main Pass (south channel) to Strawberry Island and back to the bridge in Canoe Pass before the flood traps you!
The ‘crux point’ is the last somewhat doable eddy on the SE corner of Pass Island and/or in Canoe Pass below the DP bridge.
Challenges on the course aside from tidal currents include boat wakes, progressive standing waves from current bucking wind, reefs and kelp beds around the islands, wind and well.. its December.
9:30 – Sign-in tent open
10:45am – Safety Meeting
11:30 – Race Start (Start of slack tide)
2pm – Awards
Terms and Conditions
NOTE regardless off circumstances
- Refunds cannot be issued
- Tickets cannot be transferred without confirming with DP registration.
- Tickets cannot be deferred to next year.
Local paddler Ayu Othman designs our sweet race shirts – $15 upon registration.
Percentage of proceeds donated to the NW Straits Commission
Lodging / Travel Info
There’s ample lodging in Oak Harbor and Anacortes nearby. ‘DP’ is a 1.5 hour drive in good traffic from Seattle with no ferry required.
DP Challenge Race Clinics
Find out how to race smarter vs harder in the Pass. We’ll trace the race route in the same currents while showing where to be and when, how to paddle in rough water and make smarter decisions. LEARN MORE
2020 NW Races
Salmon Bay Paddle Races:
Deception Pass Challenge Spring Race – Sunday April 26th – 6.3 miles. Reverse current – beat the flood!
St Paddles Day Race – Alderbrook Resort – March 14th.
Bremerton Port Washington Narrows Race – Spring or Early Summer. 10 miles in tidal currents. TBA
Lake Crescent Paddling Race – Summer – TBA
2nd Annual Makah Coast Race at Hobuck – Late Summer. 10 miles through the surf into the bay and back.
Skill Prerequisites: Advanced
Must be competent with winter paddling in tidal rapids, waves, wind and rough water. Lifejackets required for all participants and leashes for SUPs. If you’re unsure of your skill level, contact us to discuss or for additional training.