New England Stand Up Paddle Race Schedule 2016

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Massachusetts SUP racer Will Rich battles Dan Gavere during the 9 Mile distance race in Boston Harbor during the 2012 Boston Tea Paddle. foto: John del Rosario

 




Here is a list of stand up paddle races for the upcoming 2016 season. Most of these are straight up SUP events but a few others like the Run of the Charles are long running canoe and kayak races that have opened up SUP divisions in the last couple of years. This list is a work in progress and just what I have dug up. If you want to add more details to something I already have up or add a new race to the list then please let us know!.

Races with different boat types that have stand up paddle classes are denoted with a *.



APRIL 2016 NEW ENGLAND STAND UP PADDLE EVENTS

April 24th – 34th Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race* New England’s largest canoe and kayak race, held each April, includes 6, 9, and 19 mile races, a 24-mile, five-leg canoe relay race, and a 26-mile professional marathon. Has stand up paddle and prone paddle divisions.  http://www.crwa.org/run-of-the-charles 



MAY 2016 NEW ENGLAND STAND UP PADDLE EVENTS

May 15th – Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle* Join the Mystic River Watershed Association for a fun day along the Mystic River. The day’s events include a 5K run/walk race, three paddling races (3, 9, and 12 miles), a bicycle tour, educational booths, children’s activities, and more. mysticriver.org/herring-run-paddle/

May 21st – Essex River Race* The Essex River Race is a 5.5+ mile open water event from the Essex River at Route 133 in Essex, MA, out behind the barrier beaches of Ipswich and back. Has stand up paddle and prone paddle divisions. Online Registration is open and the Entry Fee is $35 which goes until Thursday, May 8th at 12AM. No walk-ins on Race Day! Race is capped at 180 entrants so be sure to register early.
www.blackburnchallenge.com




JUNE 2016 NEW ENGLAND STAND UP PADDLE EVENTS

June 18th – SoundSurfer Waterman’s Challenge  Open and Elite races, sprints, kids races. Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT. Benefiting The Naomi Berrie Pediatric Diabetes Center, Bridgeport Children’s Hospital and Harborwatch www.soundsurfer.org

June 19th – Charles Island SUP Cup 2016  5 Mile Elite Race, 2.5 mile Rec Race and .5 mile Kids Race. On Walnut Beach in Milford, CT. Hosted by the Surfrider Foundation and Scoot & Paddle. www.facebook.com/charlesislandsupcup



JULY 2016 NEW ENGLAND STAND UP PADDLE EVENTS

July 6-10th – Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta* SUP Sprint and SUP Downriver courses. This is a whitewater race that includes kayaks and canoe divisions as well Info and Registration www.paddlebattlekport.com

July 16th – The Blackburn Challenge* The Blackburn Challenge is a 20+ mile open water circumnavigation of Cape Ann. Has stand up paddle and prone paddle divisions. www.blackburnchallenge.com

July 16th – Paddle For Plummer 4.5 mile flat water race in the Winter Island, Salem, MA. Half mile fun paddle, 1.5 mile Rec Race and 6 mile Elite Race. Entry fee is is $25 + $175 fundraising minimum. www.plummerhome.org/paddle.php

July 23 – Misery Challenge* One Island, four ways… Race from Tuck’s Point in Manchester by-the-Sea, MA to Misery Island and back. Choose your poison: three mile ocean swim, four mile SUP, four mile kayak, four mile row. Registration is open! www.miserychallenge.com

July 23 – Isles of Shoals Invitational is a grueling 14+ mile round-trip Stand Up Paddle expedition to the Isles of Shoals, which are located approximately 6 miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. Presented by the Seacoast Paddleboard Club this event raises money and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NH. IOS Invitational

July 23 – 4th Annual Moona Loona Nalu Paddle Classic 1 mile Kids Race, 2.5 mile Rec Race, 5 mile Rec/Raceboard Race. Albee Beach, Albee Beach Road, Wolfeboro, NH Moona Loona Nalu Paddle Classic

July 31 – North Shore SUP Cup SUP race based out of the Danversport Yacht Club down the Danvers River. 5 mile Elite Race, 2.5 mile Rec Race and 1 mile Kids Race. Food, folks and fun! high5em.com

July ??? – Paddle to the Point The Paddle to the Point is a charity stand-up paddle board race. It will be run on a closed 3 mile course off of Main Beach in Ogunquit, ME. Benefits the Molly Fund. www.paddletothepoint.org



AUGUST 2016 NEW ENGLAND STAND UP PADDLE EVENTS

August 6th – Stand Up for the Lake, Burlington, Vermont Stand up paddle race/festival on Lake Champlain in Burlington to benefit the Community Sailing Center. 3 mile recreational race, 6 mile elite race, kids race, relay races, instruction and demos. Live music, food, and festival on site. Prizes and trophies awarded. www.standupforthelake.com

August 27th – 9th Annual Cape Cod Bay Challenge 34-mile SUP marathon leaving Plymouth, across Cape Cod Bay with an after party and fundraiser in Wellfleet, MA to end the day. The grand daddy of New England stand up paddle events, the CCBC is a benefit for Christopher’s Haven. Cape Cod Bay Challenge

August 27th – Newport SUP Cup 6 mile Elite and 3 mile Open class races around Goat Island. Race from Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI. newportsupcup.coastalurge.com



SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW ENGLAND STAND UP PADDLE EVENTS

September 4th – 3rd Annual Providence Paddle Battle Three mile short course and nine mile long course starts and finishes at Waterplace Park in downtown Providence, RI. The race is to benefit the Save the Bay organization that helps clean up Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. Info and Registrationwww.providencepaddlebattle.com

September 17th – Paddle For The Bays* Another exciting day on Barnstable’s southern waters, featuring the aquatic sports of kayaking, canoeing and the growing, popular and challenging fun of the sport of paddle boarding. 5 and 10 mile race for all board classes at Ropes Beach in Cotuit, MA. www.3bays.org/events/2016/9/17/paddle-for-the-bays-race-cape-cod

September ??? – Nantucket Paddle Battle* Another exciting day on Barnstable’s southern waters, featuring the aquatic sports of kayaking, canoeing and the growing, popular and challenging fun of the sport of paddle boarding. 5 and 10 mile race for all board classes at Ropes Beach in Cotuit, MA. Nantucket Paddle Battle



NOVEMBER 2016 NEW ENGLAND STAND UP PADDLE EVENTS

November ??? – Westport River SUP Classic hosted by Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures is on hold until 2017 due to Team Osprey traveling to the Chattajack. ospreyseakayak.com/races/westport-river-classic/