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Seattle Race Series - 5 Bridges Race

The Race

(( RACE RESULTS ))  /  RACE PHOTOS

Thanks to Agua Verde Cafe for award vouchers. And to Rey at Agua Verde Paddle Club for use of his facility. 

And thanks to our 6 volunteers for watching over our racers from land and water! 

Next Race – Feb 27th 2021 to benefit the Ballard Elks Lodge.  Race Details and Registration

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Bringing back the Seattle Winter and Spring Seattle Race Series, these are monthly 8 mile paddling and rowing races on Seattle’s inner waterways

FIRST RACE: January 17 – The 5 Bridges Race (8 miles).  Agua Verde Paddle Club to Ballard and back.

Hosted by Salmon Bay Paddle and Agua Verde Paddle Club

This is a ‘real on-water race’ with Virtual Race shore safety protocols following current Phase1 Regs (1/11/20) with online registration only, strict distancing and masks on shore and 2 min segmented starts for distancing.  No land event before/after. Online awards.

Race Fees: $25 for 1 person craft until 1/15 / $50 for 2p from the same household / $35 on 1/16 for 1p / $55 on 1/16 for 2p.

2020 Results for Race #1 – Jan 25  / 2020 Results for Race #2 – Feb 23

ONLINE AWARDS:
– 1st place winners get free entry to next race.
– Post race drawing for a lucky racer who will get an E-Gift Card from Agua Verde Cafe

The Course

Paddle under 5 historic Seattle bridges while navigating Seattle’s iconic Ship Canal from Portage Bay to Ballard and back.

1st place racers for all divisions win a free entry to the next race!

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COURSE MAP & BUOY TURN & FINISH DETAILS

See the January 2020 race in the Seattle Times! / 2020 Jan 25 Race Start Drone Video by Derrek DeVita

WHO SHOULD RACE?
Open to prone, SUP, OC, row, pedal craft, surf ski, kayak.

  • Kayaks 13’+  and  SUP minimum 12′-6″.  (due to finishing under 2 hrs)
  • Must know how to swim.
  • Team or 2 person boats should be within the same household.
  • Must finish under 2 hours per Phase 1 regs (1/11/20)

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COURSE MAP & BUOY TURN & FINISH DETAILS

RACE REQUIREMENTS – PFDs required to be worn for racers plus leashes for SUPs. Prone paddle board and rowers can carry on craft. No PFDs will be DQ.


PARKING / LAUNCHING

LOCATIONAgua Verde Paddle Club 1307 NE Boat Street Seattle, WA 98105 Directions

PARKING – Free street (Sunday) parking and Free lot across street (see pic) and paid marina parking. Directions

BOAT SET-UP – Free lot grass strips and round grass area by AV docks (See inset photo). *Stay off other UW property.

LAUNCH: AV Docks and Public dock off paid lot by AV (by houseboats).

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COURSE MAP & BUOY TURN & FINISH DETAILS

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SCHEDULE:

8:20-9:00 – Racer set-up. Be ready for your heat times.

9:30AM – Get on the water to warm up and be ready for your heat start time

10AM – *RACE HEATS START – Divisions in groups of 10 launching minutes apart

Noon – End on-water event.  Awards sent online after race.

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

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YEAR ROUND RACE TRAINING AVAILABLE:

SUP, kayak and surf-ski.  Also learn how to surf, freighter/tug surf, downwind, paddle in Deception Pass and go on overnight trips!  LEARN MORE

CHECK OUT OUR OTHER 2021 RACES:

Skill Prerequisites: Intermediate to Advanced

You should be comfortable paddling 8 miles on flat water with possible wind and small waves or boat wakes.

Open to all human powered paddling craft. No SUPs under 12′-6″ or kayaks under 13′.

All racers will be required to wear a PFD. Prone and rowers can carry PFD on craft. SUPs will be required to wear a PFD and leash.

“Rob is an expert in SUP and offers even more relevant training and helpful information because of his background in kayaking. His skill, knowledge and expertise exceeded my expectations. He presented the information and training in a very clear and concise manner; adding many various tips throughout his instruction. Rob is encouraging, patient and practical – all very important traits when teaching a subject. The course more than met my needs – I learned a lot and as a beginner – I have a lot to learn. I will continue to turn to him as my ‘go to’ resource in all matters SUP. I’m extremely glad I chose Salmon Bay Paddle and Rob for my first professional training in SUP. I felt safe and confident with him the whole time.”
- Leah R

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