Water 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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*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.
3:00pm – 8:00pm
5:00pm – 6:00pm (free)
6:00pm – 8:00pm (fee TBD)
7:15am – 8:15am
7:30am – 8:00am
8:00am – 8:20am
12:30pm – 2:00pm
2:00pm & 3:00pm
3:00pm & 4:00pm
4:00pm & 5:00pm
No, admission to the event is by pre-registration only. Day of Registration is not available.
Paddle boards and kayaks are no longer available for rent.
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.
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 www.lahuikai.com 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.
Refunds are allowed more than 10 days from the event. We are not able to process refunds less than 10 days from the event.
Spectators will be allowed in the spectator area. There will be food/drinks available for purchase for spectators as well.
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).
Yes, Parking is $5 per person for Maryland residents, and $7 per person for out of state residents.
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.
No. We have many classes for paddling, including SUP, Prone, Surfski, and Sea Kayak, depending on the particular course.
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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.
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.
The Elite Race is out to the eastern shore, around a bouy, and back to Sandy Point State Park. No transportation is necessary.
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.
Pets are not allowed at Sandy Point State Park.
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!
We are currently working with sponsors and should have more information shortly.
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.
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.
We recommend Naval Bagels and Stan and Joes as sponsors of ours. However, there are many wonderful restaurants in the Greater Annapolis Area.
There are numerous coffee establishments around town.
There are a limited number of vendor positions available. Please contact us if you are interested.