St Paddles Day Race

St. Paddle’s Day: Saturday, March 14th 


Alderbrook Resort will refund race registrations. 

Contact the resort regarding your hotel reservations.

Sorry folks – frustrating times. See ya next year. 


Kick off our annual paddling of the St Paddles Day Race – a non-sanctioned Hood Canal race at Alderbrook Resort and co-hosted by Salmon Bay Paddle!


Also join the WA Water Trails and Alderbrook  Gear Swapswap, trade, sell your used or outgrown gear

The race includes 3 and 6 mile paddling races open to all human powered paddling and rowing craft, enjoy magnificent Olympic Mountain views, marine wildlife and beaches strewn in oysters.

This is the only race in the Pacific Northwest with fire pits, a cafe, a glass enclosed pool, hot tub and steam room at the starting line!

A ferry ride and short drive from Seattle, all participants will receive a lodging discount upon booking a room at Alderbrook Resort.


The Details

Long Course: (approximately 6 miles): Alderbook then west to Hood Canal Marina, across the Canal to Tahuya and back to the resort. You’ll cross open water and could face strong winds and current in both directions of the crossing

Short Course: (approximately 3 miles)
Stay along one shoreline from the resort to Hood Canal Marina and back. This is a round trip route (down and back), possibly facing wind and current in both directions.

Kid’s Paddle Course: (approx. ¼ mile)
Circular route around the T dock at Alderbrook, starting on one side of the leg and paddling around the top of the T, returning to the other side of the leg. It is fairly protected and close to the dock at all times, but current and wind can affect paddlers.

Entry Fee

Racer Requirements

All entrants – this is considered a cold water race. We will require all racers to wear a pfd and be dressed for immersion, all standup paddle board participants must have a board leash attached.

Who Should Attend

Intermediate to advanced paddlers who can paddle the 3 or 6 miles in most conditions.

Open to SUP, prone, OC, kayak, surf ski, canoe, rowers, and pedal craft.


  • 8:30AM: registration opens
  • 10:00AM: registration closes
  • 10:00AM: complimentary kid’s sup clinic with Joonbug Yoga
  • 10:30AM: complimentary kid’s paddle
  • 11:00AM: mandatory safety meeting for all short and long course racers
  • 11:30AM: Long course starts
  • 11:30AM: Adult SUP yoga (for non-racers) with Joonbug Yoga
  • 11:45AM: Short course start
  • 2:00PM: Awards
  • 3:00PM: Adult SUP yoga with Joonbug Yoga

GEAR SWAP: 10:30AM-1:30PM: swap, trade, sell your used or outgrown gear

Take a look at the course map below!

Additionally, two separate SUP yoga classes are available, register by March 13th here or contact Michelle Pugh, 360.556.6205

“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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