Come join us for the 5th annual Bellingham Bay Classic! One of the most scenic outrigger canoe races in the country - the race starts in historic Fairhaven and loops around Chuckanut Island for a 9 mile loop.

Showcasing the spectacular Chuckanut Bay with its sandstone formations, topped by majestic Cedar and Madrone trees, our race passes by Seal Rock and loops around The Nature Conservancy's Chuckanut Island. Before and after the race, walk just a few blocks from the launch site to the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham with easy access to bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Lucky we live Bellingham!

The Basics

10am: Women's and Mixed OC6 race start

12pm: Men's OC6 race start

Cost: $210 per canoe, includes a lunch BBQ for 6, awards, and prizes. $7 for all day trailer parking. Paddlesports insurance is included in the fee. 

Waivers: All paddlers must sign both a Paddlesports waiver and BBOP waiver.

Food: There is an event after us that will be setting up around 3pm.  We will start cleaning up and stop serving food around 2:30pm.  Please send someone over to make a plate for those paddlers who has not eaten yet.

Full Schedule & Race Details


Men, Women, Mixed: Open, Masters, Sr. Masters, Golden Masters, Kupuna and Unlimited


7:30 a.m.: Canoe rigging (Community Boating Center Boat Launch)
8:00 a.m.: Paddle canoe from CBC to Boulevard Park (Race start and finish)
8:00 a.m.: Registration (Boulevard Park)
9:30 am: Steerspersons’ meeting (Boulevard Park)
10:00 am: Women’s & Mixed OC6 Race Start
12:00 pm (approx.): Men
2:30 pm (approx.): Awards/Raffle
After the race: Paddle canoes back to the CBC

What to Bring

  • Cart

  • Tires or cradle to rig canoe (at the Community Boating Center)

  • Tires or boat bumpers for the rocky beach launch at Boulavard Park

  • Skirt for canoe (recommended if windy)

  • Safety gear - PFD's, bailers, whistles, etc.

Water Safety

  • Each team must provide U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devise (PFD) for each paddler in the canoe and a whistle.

  • It is recommended that you bring a spray skirt.  The wind can kick up at any time and create great surfing conditions or side slop.

  • Boat traffic is expected to be moderate, with occasional wakes and cross-chop.  The Alaska Ferry launches near the CBC and there may be crabbing boats around.

  • We may require that PFD’s be worn due to conditions.  Course will be changed if conditions are too dangerous.

Orca Whale Safety: BE WHALE WISE!

  • The USCG has asked all permit holders to remind boaters to be aware of Orca whales.

  • Keep 200 yards from Orca whales.

  • The likelihood that you’ll encounter a whale is highly unlikely



Canoes will rigged and launched from the Community Boating Center (555 Harris Ave.) and paddled to Boulevard Park (470 Bayview Dr.) beach (see directions below, Map 1). Please park legally. BBOP will provide a shuttle between the Community Boating Center and Boulevard Park.

Launch Address: Community Boating Center Boat Launch - 555 Harris Ave.

  • Canoes will need to be unloaded and rigged in the trailer parking and launched at the boat launch. We recommend a boat bumper buoy or small tire when launching the canoe off the boat launch.

  • Canoes will need to be paddled to the beach at Boulevard Park (approx. ¾ mile North of the launch).


Race start address: Boulevard Park 470 Bayview Drive


Again, please park legally…your car could be towed!

Map #1 (Boulevard Park ~ 470 Bayview Drive)

Map #2 (Community Boating Center Boat Launch ~ 555 Harrris Ave.)

Map #3 (Course Map ~ subject to change due to weather conditions)

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Thank you to everyone who donated to the 2018 raffle!


Boundary Bay

Chuckanut Brewery

Stones throw brewery

Kulshan brewery


Gear Aid 




Nuu Muu

Ski Paddle Surf 

The Chrysalis

Tonys coffee