Deception Pass Spring Race- April 2, 2022


We’ll apply for this race again in 2023.

Check out our other 2022 Races:

  • June 25 – Bremerton 2 Bridges Tidal Race in swift tidal current. Super fun race!
  • 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
  • Fall – Makah Coast Race if Neah Bay stays open
  • Dec 10 – Deception Pass Dash/Challenge, (Limited to 50 racers). TBA.


Deception Pass Spring Race Details

7.8 mile race in light tidal current east of the Deception Pass bridge from Cornet Bay around Holypus Point to Skagit Island and around Hope Island to Ala Spit and return on the ebb current.

Note: We’re waiting on a park permit 

Saturday April 2, 2022 – 10:30am Start. 


Photos and Videos from the 2021 Race:

Ava Larson – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1I1ravP_x3wcMZcfiKVQcZIRGY0c4N25F

Dan Maher (Firefly Drives): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0dq55K8aVo


The Course – Start from Cornet Bay at 10:30 am.

Starting just after beginning of the Ebb – Beat the ebb at Hope Island! – LIMITED TO 50 PADDLERS / ROWERS

  • Start from the Cornet Bay Boat Ramp – Head east to round Hoypus Point
  • Thread between Skagit and Kiket Islands
  • Get to the east side of Hope Island before the ebb becomes too strong (Crux spot) east sides of Hope Island
  • Clockwise around Hope Island
  • Shoot down the ebb between Hope and Ala Point.
  • Head back to the Start/Finish Line at Cornet Bay

Tip: Hug the shore for eddy help along Hoypus Point going east. Learn how to do a ferry angle when crossing current to Skagit Island.

Who Should Attend

  • Open to all human powered paddling craft over 13′ – Row, SUP, kayak, surf ski, outrigger, prone, peddle.
  • **Advanced Paddlers Only** who are familiar paddling in tidal currents, wind and waves. Must know how to swim.
  • Must have a 100% reliable self-rescue
  • Must be able to finish course in 3 hours.
  • No craft under 14′.  We will hold a gear-check pre-race.
  • 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.

Required Equipment and Clothing:

  • 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.
  • Tethered reliable communication device such as VHF radio on channel 69.
  • Hi-vis clothing colors for visibility.

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

Safety Pre-Race Check – Required to Race:

  • All racers will be sent a questionnaire to make sure you have adequate skills for this race.
  • All personal equipment and water craft will be checked on shore prior to launching.



Registrants will receive a link to our pre-race 8pm Zoom Safety Meeting Friday night 

Bring your Discovery Pass or purchase a day parking pass at the boat ramp

Lodging / Camping: Deception Pass State Park.  Lots of AirBnB’s nearby plus lodging in nearby Anacortes and Oak Harbor.

DIRECTIONS to the Cornet Bay Boat Ramp.  A 1.5 hour drive in good traffic from Seattle with no ferry required. Get Keystone ferry reservations if coming from the Olympic Peninsula.

















Race Notes and Hazards..

  • Hug shore along Hoypus Point for a nice eddy to avoid ebb current. !! Watch for occasional rocks underneath and downed trees from the shore.
  • Hug the east shore of Skagit Island for eddy to avoid current.  Enough water for your rudder at high tide.
  • Hug east (left) shore of Hope Island using eddy to avoid current.  Watch for rocks and reef.
  • Hope shoreline past NE crux point has nice eddies all the way to the south side.
  • After turning north past Hope, aim for Mt Erie to avoid back currents off Hoypus shoreline.
  • Yield for boating traffic

East side of Skagit Island, stay close to the shore to avoid current. There’s a few eddies there. Keep your eyes peeled for rocks and shallow spots.

East side of Hope Island – Crux Point.  *Aim for shore eddy between mini rapid and shore. FOLLOW YELLOW ARROW ON RIGHT (AIM FOR GLASSY STRIP)











Heading North past Ala Spit and Hope Island – Aim for Mt Erie to avoid reverse current off Ala Spit




















Start – Finish Right or North of the Cornet Bay Boat Ramp.

We’ll have a buoy 50′ off shore.


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