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Hunting Island River Quest
April 18 @ 12:00 am EDT
Race DescriptionThe River Quest has moved from The Beaufort Harbor to Hunting Island! The course, staging area and post race get-together are identical with the Fall Paddlefest.As at the Paddlefest, paddlers have their choice of short (3.0 miles) or long (6.0 miles) race courses on the scenic and unspoiled Harbor River in the Hunting Island State Park. The start/finish is at Russ Point Landing in the south end of the Park. The Landing features great views, plenty of parking and a narrow beach for staging boats and timing the race. After the race, awards will be presented to today’s River Quest winners and last year’s SEPSeries class winner. The presentations will be on the patio at Brody’s Bar and Grill on the way back to Beaufort, and there will be free beer and chili for all racers!Net proceeds go to Beaufort Water Search and Rescue (BWSAR, an all-weather, all-volunteer organization) and to funding for the SEPSeries awards.
Come and have a blast in one of the prettiest parks on the Atlantic coast!
FeesAdult: $45 (increases to $50 on Monday, April 13, 2020). Youth: $20Note: Registration closes at noon, Thursday April 16, 2020
Awards- SEPSeries plaques for the 2019 SEPSeries point series.- River Quest Certificates to third place in each class – The award ceremony is on the patio at Brody’s Bar and Grill behind Publix on the way back to Beaufort. There will be free keg beer and chili for all racers!Raffle Prizes (extra tickets $5 each)-Epic Wing Paddle, one of the new pro-grip series – retails at $525), Small mid-wing, 200-210 cm, skinny shaft. The paddle is suited to a smaller paddler and is part of Epic’s campaign to attract more women and juniors to the sport.- $50 gift certificate and five performance hats from Tim Lovett at Higher Ground OutfittersOther Good Things- Gatorade, water, fudge and cookies on site after the race.Race Rules- PFDs must be worn. Inflatable PFDs are OK, but also must be worn.- No bare feet! Paddling shoes or sneakers must be worn, because there are sharp oysters along the shoreline.- Race time limit of two hours. A BWSAR boat will help you get “home” if necessary.Classes- Each class is broken down into Open (below 50), Master (50 to 64) and Senior (65+).
– Boat classes are primarily based on the Sound Rowers System (see below). Go here to learn more about the system and/or see a list of classes and boats.
Please contact me if you have a question about the class for your boat.
– Our Boat ClassesHigh Performance Kayaks and Surfskis (HPK): Unlimited class with no specification limitations.Fast Sea Kayak (FSK)– Minimum width at the 4 in waterline of 8.5% of lengthSea or Touring Kayak (SK) – Minimum width at the 4 in waterline of 9.1% of length Recreational (REC) – Any non-racing kayak, canoe or other paddle craft, preferably 14 ft or less in length. Basically, anything goes!K2 – Surf Ski, Standard, and ICFSUP – 14′ SUP – 12′ 6″ SUP – Under 12′ (surf)OC-1 – Any one person outrigger C1- Standard (sit down) or ICFC2 – OC-2, Standard (sit down), or ICFP1 – Pedal Boat (Hobie Mirage, etc.)