Round the Light Race - Feb 13, 2022

Round the Light Race 2022 Race Details

The Round the Light Race are 2 courses on Seattle’s Shilshole Bay Sunday Feb 13.  Also a fundraiser to benefit the Ballard Elks Lodge “Operating Fund” to help keep our favorite lodge open!

Race Results:


Photos from Long Course at 4 Mile Rock thanks to Patrick Bennett

Thank to all our volunteers, safety crew, USCG Auxillary boat, Andrew Hansen – jet ski safety, and the Ballard Elks.

Also thanks to our sponsors – Georgetown Brewery, KAVU, Seattle Sports, Hammer Nutrition

See our Next Races below!

The “Short Course”

A 2.34 mile route in protected Salmon and Shilshole Bays for those not ready for a longer race. Perfect for race newbies!

The “Long Course”

Takes you from the Ballard Elks Lodge beach around the historic West Point Lighthouse to huge erratic boulder Four Mile Rock off south Magnolia Bluff, and return to the Elks Lodge.

See epic views of the Olympic Mountains, downtown Seattle, Mt Rainier, Alki Point, Bainbridge, Blake and Vashon Islands and Mt Baker.  You may encounter waves from wind and ships, wind and tidal current around West Point.

Only for paddlers and rowers with proven open water experience in wind and waves.  You must have a 100% ability to re-mount in rough water and not be a liability to us if the conditions are rough.

West Point Lightouse

West Point Lighthouse


Alternative Course for High Wind:

The Short Course will be the Alt Course – 1x around for Short course racers.  2x around for Long Course participants. Still a fun course!



The Ballard Elks are located in Ballard in Seattle by Ray’s Boathouse.  Address: 6411 Seaview Ave NW  DIRECTIONS

Restrooms at the Elks.  Vaccination required to enter building. Wear a mask inside. OK to Park in the Elks Lot.  Keep cars on left side if possible

Paddler’s Travel Guide to Ballard – Where to stay, eat, drink...


After Race Party & Awards @ Waterfront Elks Lodge:

Georgetown Brewery has donated 1 keg of beer for race participants!

Join us at the Elks outdoor waterfront Secret Beach Bar!  Food options available.

KAVU will have a $150 discount code for overall long course winner. And Schwag for everyone!

Proof of vaccination and masks required to enter. 


Who Should Race?

Sea kayaks, outriggers, surf ski, SUP, rowers, pedal craft, prone, wing foil



Prizes and Awards

From our sponsors: Seattle Sports Company, Salmon Bay Paddle and KAVU. 

All participants get 10% off online at Mile22 Straps and Seattle Sports Company!

Shilshole Bay

Shilshole Bay



Short Course: 1 person 33 / 2 person craft 43

Long Course: 1 person 45 / 2 – 3 person craft 55 / 4 person craft 125 / 6 person craft 185

Salmon Bay Paddle Alumni and our SBP race regulars get 20% off .  *Ask me for Discount Code


** Can’t Make the Race?  Donate directly to the Ballard Elks ‘Operating Fund’ Here


Terms and Conditions:

NOTE –  Regardless of Circumstances:

  • Refunds cannot be issued.  Cancelled fees donated to the Ballard Elks ‘Operating Fund’.
  • If Race Organizers cancel race for Covid, all fees will be donated to the Ballard Elks Operating Fund.
  • Tickets can be transferred between participants only if our registration receives the data prior to race.
  • Tickets cannot be deferred to next year

Race Requirements:

  • Short Course – Must know how to swim and self-rescue. PFDs for all paddler s except prone. Leashes for all craft except rowers. SUPs and Kayaks under 13′ OK.
  • Long Course – Must have proven experience in rough water, wind and waves.
  • Kayaks 14′ min and SUP minimum 12′-6″ due to distance and dynamic water
  • Must know how to swim and 100% self-rescue. Not knowing how to remount puts everyone at risk.
  • PFD / Life Jackets required to be worn for all racers except prone. Rowers must have a foam PFD
  • Leashes required for all craft except rowers.
  • Must dress for immersion for air/water temps. Wear Hi-vis colors so we can see you.
  • Reliable tethered communication device. VHF and/or waterproofed and tethered phone.
  • If you’re unsure of your abilities for this race, you shouldn’t sign up. We offer year round training for sups, kayaks and surf skis.

Covid Protocols:

  • This Race follows current Phase guidance with online registration
  • Masks & distancing on shore.
  • Don’t attend if you’re sick or have a temperature.
  • SBP staff are 3x vaccinated
  • Zoom Safety Meeting to go over race details night before. Participants get link with registration.


4 Mile Rock

4 Mile Rock


What you Get for your Race Fee:

  • You get to help raise funds for our favorite Ballard Elks Lodge’s “Operating Fund”. The Elks supports the community and provides epic beach access.
  • Expert safety crews and their expenses to help keep your safe on-water.  We also pay for volunteer safety boat fuel.
  • Paid event staff who we pay a living wage.
  • Race insurance
  • Coast Guard permits and other local state and county and park permits
  • Other essential race expenses such as participant snacks, drinks, generator rental, snacks, emergency supplies.
  • Why are our races so expensive?  It costs a lot of time and $$ to put on races. Most don’t break even or only operate to race and not make a profit. We like to have some left over to continue to stay in business and donate to favorite local environmental or community organizations.


Safety Pre-Race Check – Required to Race:

  • All long course racers will be asked a few questions to make sure you have adequate skills for this course.
  • All long and short course racer personal equipment and water craft will be checked on shore prior to launching.








Register Here:

Can’t Make the Race?  Donate directly to the Ballard Elks ‘Operating Fund’ Here



  • April 2 – 2 Islands Dash (DP Spring Race) – TBA waiting on park permit
  • 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



Sound Rowers


Ballard Elks Paddling Club – Summer Monday Night Fundraiser Series

“This is a great location and race with paddle conditions for all skill levels and a whole lot of fun folks also of all skill levels. Easy parking, short carry distance, nice launch beach. And a very worthy cause fundraiser!!! If you’re on the fence, get off it and get in the water!”  – Michael Bateman

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