Bay Bridge Paddle

Saturday April 29th, 2017

flipbox2Water enthusiasts of all ages and expertise are invited to join us at the Bay Bridge Paddle, open to Stand Up Paddleboards, Kayaks and other paddle craft.

Paddling any part of the Chesapeake Bay waters is a thrilling experience and launching from Sandy Point State Park is no different. With a beautiful sandy beach on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, you are provided with expansive views overlooking the Bay Bridge. This race will bring together all levels of paddlers to share in a day of camaraderie and fellowship. Each race will present a different experience and challenge, the bay’s shifting conditions add to the fun as racers can experience anything from flat water glides to gusty winds and unpredictable swell and tides from the wind and current.

The Elite 9 mile Crossing will challenge racers with a high level of fitness and paddling experience; racers with less experience or conditioning can enjoy the 5K Paddle or the 1.5K recreation course closer to shore. In addition to these races, there will be other memorable events to entertain everyone, and with the generous backing of our sponsors, there will be over $7,000 in prizes and cash awarded!

All race participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and a carb-loaded breakfast to help get you energized for the race. When you return from the race and are ready to refuel, you will also receive a complimentary delicious, fresh, healthy lunch package. (Breakfast sponsored by Naval Bagels and lunch provided by Fresh Market) There will be other breakfast and lunch food items for sale for all attendees during the event.

Celebration and awards will be held immediately following the event at Sandy Point or at convenient location nearby.

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Bay Bridge Paddle Cost Schedule

Paddlers January 1 February 14 April 15
Elite $85 $95 $110
Intermediate $65 $75 $85
Beginners $45 $55 $60

*Be sure to download the Race Info & Waiver pdf below and read it carefully. You must bring your signed waivers to the paddle event(s) in order to participate.

Race Schedule

Friday, April 28th
Packet Pick-up

3:00pm – 8:00pm

Sports Wellness Clinic

5:00pm – 6:00pm (free)

Racer Dinner

6:00pm – 8:00pm (fee TBD)

Saturday, April 29th

7:15am – 8:15am

Rental board pick-up

7:30am  – 8:00am

Racer briefing

8:00am – 8:20am

9M Course – Kayaks and Surfski start


9M Course – SUPs start


5k Course – Kayaks and Kayak Double start


5k Course – SUPs start


1.5k Course – Kayaks start


1.5k Course – SUPs start


Demons on shore and live entertainment

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Awards and raffles

2:00pm & 3:00pm

Sprint races

3:00pm & 4:00pm

Beach obstacle course races

4:00pm & 5:00pm

Event ends

Course Maps


*Course(s) subject to change.


*Course(s) subject to change.


*Course(s) subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we register the morning of the event?

No, admission to the event is by pre-registration only. Day of Registration is not available.

Are paddleboard and kayak rentals available?

Paddle boards and kayaks are no longer available for rent.

Are you sponsoring any clinics?

Yes! We are sponsoring 2 clinics. Both clinics will be held at East Beach at Sandy Point State Park on Friday, May 13th.

There will be an Introductory Clinic (for New to Intermediate paddlers) offered from 4pm – 6pm by Sunrise SUP and OC SUP and Fitness. for those starting out in Stand Up Paddleboarding, this clinic will provide you with the fundamentals of Chesapeake bay paddling and useful tips and techniques to help you succeed in your race, including a preview of the race course and conditions at Sandy Point State Park. Topics include what to expect on race day, Sandy Point course and conditions review presented by the Race Director, strategies for the Bay conditions, and overall paddling and racing fundamentals. The clinic will be led by Dawn Ehman Marohl (Sponsored SUP Racer, SUP Yoga Instructor, Surf Swap Challenge Race Director), Kate Grove (PaddleFit Level 2 Instructor, Lululemon SUP Yoga Ambassador, SUP Yoga Instructor) and Shendan Grove (Bay Bridge Race Director, PaddleFit Level 2 Instructor, MASRA SUP Racer).

There will be an Intermediate Clinic from 5pm – 7pm, brought to you by Capital SUP, led by Jeramie Vaine, professional SUP athlete (CorePower Yoga 200-hour Power Yoga certified instructor, SUP Yoga Instructor and WPA Level 2 SUP Instructor). When we head out on the water, whether it is for a training session, race, or paddle with friends, having the proper technique only adds to the enjoyment of being on the water. If our bodies hurt or are working harder than they should be, our time on the water may be cut short. Let this two hour, all ability level SUP technique clinic, help you add more time on the water by increasing your paddling efficiency. Jeramie Vaine will lead you through paddle technique drills as well as dive into the anatomy of paddling to help increase your knowledge of SUP.

Do you offer any discounts on Stand Up Paddle board purchases?

As a premier stand up paddle board sponsor for our very first Bay Bridge Paddle, Lahui Kai is offering a one time only $200 discount on all SUP boards when you visit and use code BAYBRIDGELK in the promo code box. Free Shipping! Pick up your board at Lahui Kai’s local authorized distributor, Capital SUP in Annapolis.

In addition, East of Maui has partnered with Naish SUP to offer a one time only discount on Naish Stand Up Paddle boards. From now until May 22nd, save $150-$200 off any Naish SUP. Just mention the Bay Bridge Paddle to receive the this very special offer. In addition, East of Maui has special pricing available all stand up accessories, and paddles until May 14th. Stop by the shop or visit us at the our booth at the race venue on race day. East of Maui will be hosting a recreational social paddle Sunday morning from the Eastport section of Annapolis. This will be a great way to stretch out those muscles after Saturday’s race, and for our out of town visitors to see beautiful downtown Annapolis from the water.

I am no longer able to participate. Can I get a refund?

Refunds are allowed more than 10 days from the event. We are not able to process refunds less than 10 days from the event.

Are spectators allowed at the paddle?

Spectators will be allowed in the spectator area. There will be food/drinks available for purchase for spectators as well.

What does my entry fee cover?

Entry fee covers cost of the race. In addition, each racer will receive a racing t-shirt, breakfast (provided by Naval Bagels) and lunch (provided by Fresh Market).

Does it cost to park at Sandy Point State Park?

Yes, Parking is $5 per person for Maryland residents, and $7 per person for out of state residents.

Can anyone do the Elite Race?

The elite race is an 9 mile race for Elite paddlers with the skill and fitness to complete this endurance challenge; racers should have significant experience in diverse, challenging open water weather conditions and completing long distance races.

Are only Stand Up Paddle boards allowed?

No. We have many classes for paddling, including SUP, Prone, Surfski, and Sea Kayak, depending on the particular course.

How much does it cost to paddle?
Bay Bridge Paddle Cost Schedule

Paddlers January 14 February 14 April 15
Elite $85 $95 $110
Intermediate $65 $75 $85
Beginners $45 $55 $60

What are the times of the races?

The race will take place in the morning with start times between 8:00 and 11:00 (weather dependent). We will update these times as we finalize the schedule.

I now have a scheduling conflict. Can I get a refund?

Refunds are allowed more than 10 days from the race. Within 10 days, there will be no refunds. Please contact us to process your refund.

Is there transportation back from the eastern shore to Sandy Point?

The Elite Race is out to the eastern shore, around a bouy, and back to Sandy Point State Park. No transportation is necessary.

Is food available for purchase?

Yes. Naval bagels will be selling bagels and cream cheese. Krispy Kreme will be selling donuts and coffee. Fresh Market will be selling lunch items, menu TBD.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed at Sandy Point State Park.

Does everyone have to race or can we also join to just paddle and be a part of the fundraising event?

We will have lots of fun land and water activities the day of the event. We do have a novice course that anyone can paddle. It is a less stressful and fun paddling experience. We may have other board demos at the event as well, so we hope you will come out and join us!

Where can people get paddle gear like PFDs and hydration packs?

We are currently working with sponsors and should have more information shortly.

Where can people buy groceries?

Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase on-site for spectators (Breakfast and lunch is included in event price for racers). Groceries can be purchased off-site from our sponsor, Fresh Market.

Is there a hotel you can recommend?

We recommend Country Inn & Suites in Annapolis. They can be contacted at (410) 571-6700. They have a few rooms reserved for the Bay Bridge paddle participants at a discount rate of $159/per night for 2 nights. Reservations must be made by May 4 and tell them that you are a Bay Bridge Paddle Participant.

What great local restaurants can you recommend?

We recommend Naval Bagels and Stan and Joes as sponsors of ours. However, there are many wonderful restaurants in the Greater Annapolis Area.

Where is the best coffee in town?

There are numerous coffee establishments around town.

Are there vendor spots available?

There are a limited number of vendor positions available. Please contact us if you are interested.

Does your event benefit a charity and, if so, can you tell me about them?

The Bay Bridge Paddle will benefit the Foundation for Community Betterment and the Maryland Special Olympics.

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