I am very excited to announce the start of our weekly Race around Cushings Island in Casco Bay. The idea is to create a regularly held competitive event for local paddlers to improve their skills and pit themselves against other local talent, while maintaining a casual, friendly, no-pressure atmosphere.
There will be 3 board classes; 12'6", 14", and a Recreational Class for any board under 12'6". You will register for one class for any particular date, but may register in another class on a following Saturday. There will be a $10 fee per class registration. Once you have registered within a class, you may race as many days as you wish in that class at no additional cost.
The course will launch from Willard Beach in S. Portland, then we will paddle across the channel towards Whitehead Passage which runs between Cushings and Peaks Islands, paddle around the backside/oceanside of Cushings, and then back along Cushings into Casco bay through the channel and across to Willard Beach for the finish. This is an approximately 4 mile course, and can be completed in about an hour.
We have a unique award structure for these races. Only your best time will count, so you are encouraged to attend as many (or as few) of the races as you want. After 8 races are completed, the 1st place winner will be determined by whoever finished the course in the fastest time in the most represented class length, the 2nd place finisher will be the fastest time in the next most represented class, and the 3rd place finish will go to the fastest time in the least represented class. Prizes are yet to be determined, but the 1st place prize will likely be something along the lines of a top-of-the-line paddle from a major brand, with the other 2 prizes still being well worth the effort.
The races will be rain-or-shine, every Saturday at 4:30 pm. This gives you enough time to kick some ass on the water and still make it to the evening grilling party at your friend's house. Register at the shop. You will need to bring a PFD and a leash to participate.
updated 04/28/2017 8:04pm
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