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Saturday, August 12, 2023

Safety Meeting:  9am

Boulevard Park, 470 Bayview Dr. Bellingham WA 98225

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The only race to showcase spectacular Chuckanut Bay with its sandstone formations topped by majestic Cedar and Madrona trees. You’ll race by Seal Rock and loop around The Nature Conservancy's Chuckanut Island for one of the most scenic courses in the Pacific Northwest. Between race starts and finishes, enjoy a variety of games for all ages! Then dig-in to a free BBQ plate lunch and join us in the free beer garden to celebrate the day with our paddling ohana!


Divisions: Women Spec, Women UL, Men Spec, Men UL, Mixed spec, Mixed UL


Cost: $35 per person and includes free trailer parking, insurance, swag, light breakfast, Hawaiian plate lunch, games, and access to the beer garden.


Registration provided by Pacific Multisports (

Registrations, waivers, and payment should be completed by Thursday August 10th


Planned Schedule:

  • 7:30 am: Canoe rigging @ Community Boating Center (CBC) boat launch, 555 Harris Ave., Bellingham

  • 8:00 am: Paddle canoe from CBC to Boulevard Park (Race start and finish) and check-in crews

  • 9:00 am: Pule; Safety and Steerspersons’ meeting (Boulevard Park)

  • 10:00 am: Women’s OC6 and Mixed OC6 race tart

  • 10:30 am: Ohana games begin

  • 11:00 am: Beer Garden opens

  • Approx: 12:00 pm: Men’s OC6 race start

  • Approx. 2:00 pm: Awards

  • After the race: Paddle canoes back to the CBC


Water Safety:

  • 6 PFDs, 2 bailers, and at least 1 whistle per canoe. We may require that PFD’s be worn due to conditions. Crews must be familiar with huli recovery techniques. Course may be changed based on conditions.

  • “Bigfoot’ Race game


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.


Orca Whale Safety: BE WHALE WISE!

  • The likelihood that you’ll encounter a whale is small, but you are likely to see a variety of marine wildlife. The USCG has asked us to remind boaters to be aware of whales in the bay. Keep 200 yards from any Orca whale.



You should have someone register at the park by 8:00am, with your canoe at the beach by 9:00am for the steerspersons’ meeting. Canoes are rigged and launched from the Community Boating Center (CBC) at 555 Harris Ave. and paddled approx. ¾ mile to the beach at Boulevard Park (470 Bayview Dr.). The CBC is a busy boat ramp, so please be courteous of other boats launching. We recommend a boat fender or tire when launching the canoe at the boat launch and for staging at the beach. Trailers will be parked in the ferry line-up parking just south of the CBC and canoes wheeled to the boat launch ramp. Clubs are responsible for paddling their canoes to the race venue.  Please see the following maps:

  • Map 1: Boulevard Park (470 Bayview Dr.)

  • Map 2: Community Boating Center Boat Launch (555 Harris Ave.)

  • Map 3: Racecourse (may change due to weather conditions)


NOTE:  BBOP volunteers are available to guide trailer drivers to the ferry parking lot and to shuttle racers between the CBC and Boulevard Park.


Race Director: Janice Lapsansky

Contact for more info:

Map 1: Boulevard Park (470 Bayview Dr.)

Map 2: Trailer Parking & Community Boating Center Boat Launch (555 Harris Ave.)


Map 3: Iron Racecourse (may change due to weather conditions)

Trailer parking and race start map

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