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Hunting Island, SC Paddlefest 2019
November 2, 2019 @ 12:00 am EDT.
Race DescriptionOnwards and upwards for the the Hunting Island Paddlefest! Paddlers again 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, enjoy the award ceremony on the patio at Brody’s Bar and Grill on the way back to Beaufort. 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). Come and race at the most pristine park on the Atlantic coast! FeesAdult: $45 (increases to $50 on Monday, Oct. 28). Youth: $20Note: Registration closes at midnight, Thursday Oct.31 Awards- Certificates to third place in each class- 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 – $100 Gift Certificate from Epic Kayaks, applicable to anything on the Epic website. – $50 gift certificate and five performance hats from Tim Lovett at Higher Ground OutfittersOther Good Things- Gatorade, water, crackers 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 9.1% of lengthSea or Touring Kayak (SK) – Minimum width at the 4 in waterline of 10.8% of length Recreational – Any non-racing kayak, canoe or other paddle craft, preferably 14 ft or less in length. Basically, anything goes!SUP – 14′ SUP – 12′ 6″ SUP – Under 12′ 6″ (surf)OC-1 – Any one person outrigger C1- UnlimitedPedal Boat – Hobie Mirage, etc.Tandem – Any tandem kayak, outrigger or pedal boat