Hammer the Inlet Course Details

Hammer the Inlet Course Details

Hammer the Inlet is roughly a 16 mile race in swift tidal current on Hammersley Inlet in South Puget Sound. Take the 1.9 knot ebb out from Shelton and the 1.4 knot flood current back up the winding picturesque inlet.

Paddlers call this run the ‘Hammersley Shuttle’ or ‘Shuffle’ for the tidal push allowing for a nice glide with current. Back eddies and eddy-lines add a little spice or challenge around the various bends and curves at Skookum and Libby Points and Cape Horn.

Date: Saturday – May 8, 2021

Heat Start Times: 10:15 AM to catch end of the ebb current out

Length: Approx 15.3 miles in tidal current. Depends if you hug the shore or take a more direct route.

Who Should Come?  All human powered paddling and rowing craft that can self rescue. Tour or race the course!

Rates: $45 1 person, $55 2 person craft. *Price Increase 5/5: $55 1p, $65 2p / *Registration Ends Friday 5/7 7pm.

Hotel Discounts for Racers: 10% off a the Shelton Inn / We’ll have a food truck from Kerns Kitchen.


Directions to the Shelton Yacht Club


Fiona Wylde SUP Racing Clinic (Friday)

We’re stoked to announce that ICF World Champion Fiona Wylde will be giving a SUP Racing Clinic Friday May 7 (5-7pm) at the Shelton Yacht Club
Cost: $40 per person / Max 20 participants / Open to: All skill levels welcome from novice to experienced racer
* To sign upEmail Fiona: fionawylde@icloud.com  (Payment methods accepted: Cash, Venmo, Paypal) – ((Participants use own gear))




COVID-19 – This is a ‘real on-water race’ with Virtual Race shore safety protocols following current Phase guidance with online registration only, social distancing and masks on shore and 1 min segmented starts for distancing.  No land event before/after and Online awards.

Tides for May 8th in Hammersley Inlet

2021-05-08 Sat  9:16 AM PDT   -1.9 knots  Max Ebb
2021-05-08 Sat 12:16 PM PDT    0.0 knots  Slack, Flood Begins
2021-05-08 Sat  3:21 PM PDT    1.4 knots  Max Flood


QUESTIONS / CONTACT: Rob Casey – Email preferred or 206-465-7167



Blue Swirls are boils, eddy lines or similar tidal features

Red ‘L’ are for launch locations.  Main launch / start at Shelton Yacht Club. There’s a big boat ramp there.

LEFT Turn-a-round at Pickering Passage is a power boat specified on Race Day. Location at mouth may change.












The MV El Mistico is the turn-a-round boat at mouth of Hammersley Inlet at Pickering Passage.

The boat will be available to assist paddlers as well.

Directions to the Shelton Yacht Club

Restrooms in the Shelton Yacht Club – * One person only per restroom per Covid guidance. 

Parking – Park in the Shelton Yacht Club lot.

Launching at low tide, it may be muddy below the boat ramp. 

Pilings in photo have been removed.


  • Kayaks 12’+  and SUP minimum 12-6′
  • Must know how to swim and self rescue
  • Team or 2 person boats should be within the same household.
  • Must finish under 3 hours per current Phase guidance
  • Life Jacket Requirements – PFDs required to be worn for racers plus leashes for SUPs. Prone paddle board and rowers can carry on craft.

Terms and Conditions

NOTE –  Regardless of Circumstances:

  • Refunds cannot be issued
  • Tickets can be transferred between participants only if our registration receives the data prior to race.
  • Tickets cannot be deferred to next year


QUESTIONS / CONTACT: Rob Casey – Email preferred/ 206-465-7167




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