Open Water Race


Open Water human powered paddle craft: Kayak, Surfski, SUP, Outrigger, Prone, Row, Peddle. Paddlers familiar with tides and open water conditions. Start & Finish outside the entrance of Gig Harbor. Paddle South towards the Narrows Bridge with a buoy turns for Long and Short Courses.



Thank you to the 80+ paddlers and over 40 volunteers that made the Inaugral Narrows Challenge a success!


Race Winners 2021 Narrows Challenge


Long Course

Class                    Name                                               Time

Long Course Overall - 1st HPK2 Egor Klevak / Ivan Medvedev 1:33:00

Long Course Overall - 2nd HPK Greg Barton 1:31:28

Long Course Overall - 3rd HPK Jonas Ecker 1:32:11

HPK - Men 1st Greg Barton 1:31:28

HPK - Men 2nd Jonas Ecker 1:32:11

HPK - Men 3rd Aaron Small 1:37:30

HPK - Women 1st Ana Swetish 1:53:47

HPK - Women 2nd Erica Quam 2:00:35

HPK - Women 3rd Denise Weeks 2:00:56

Sea Kayak - Open 1st Paul Hirsh 2:21:56

Sea Kayak - Open 2nd Glen Rogers 2:24:00

Sea Kayak - Open 3rd DNS 

SUP - Open 1st Nick Papa 2:18:20

SUP - Open 2nd Brown Fihaki 2:40:01

SUP - Open 3rd Lindsey Virdeh 2:44:50


Short Course

Class                           Name                                                      Time

Short Course Overall - 1st OC-6 Kikaha O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe Club 55:47:00

* Boy Chun Fook, Ken Kroeger, John Richardson, Russ Woolsey, Lon Kincannon, Walt Wolfe

Short Course Overall - 2nd HPK2 Aaron & Raegan Laird 1:03:48

Short Course Overall - 3rd OC-1 Gordon Martinez 1:05:16

HPK - Men 1st Antonnie Issa1:05:40

HPK - Men 2nd Carl Darmer 1:12:22

HPK - Men 3rd James Wilborn 1:17:21

HPK - Men U18 1st Adam Behnke 1:10:43

HPK - Men U18 2nd Gannon Erickson 1:11:19

HPK - Men U18 3rd Boy Wong 1:12:00

HPK - Women 1st Donna KcKeever 1:17:21

HPK - Women 2nd Julliete Kern 1:18:57

HPK - Women 3rd Alyson Morse 1:21:24

HPK - Women U18 1st Rory Ohr 1:12:27

HPK - Women U18 2nd Claire Lerch 1:20:19

HPK - Women U18 3rd Claire Cuthbert 1:22:27

SUP - Open 1st Christian Oliver 1:10:34

SUP - Open 2nd Ivan Storck 1:15:01

SUP - Open 3rd Chris Grieve 1:15:29

Maximium Effort: Gannon Erickson

Slowest Pace:


For full list of racers and times visit

Pacific Multisports web site at




Narrows Full Course: Distance @ 12 Nautical Miles.  Skill Level 2/3+ depending on conditions day of race.

Start/Finish just outside the Gig Harbor entrance paddling South under the Narrows Bridge with turn around buoy near Point Fosdick. Nautical course with the participant taking into account the tide, current, wind & weather conditions.

Start: 47° 19'.3 N, 122° 34.3 W    -  Bouy Turn: 47° 15.33 N, 122° 34.6 W  (Coordinates are approximate)


Narrows Half Course: Distance @ 6 Nautical Miles.  Skill Level 2/3 depending on conditions day of race.

Start/Finish just outside the Gig Harbor entrance paddling South towards the Narrows Bridge with a turnaround buoy near Point Evans.

Start: 47° 19' 34.3 N, 122° 34.3 W    -  Bouy Turn: 47° 17.1 N, 122° 32.8 W  (Coordinates are approximate)


Google Earth view of course.


Participants are encourage to research course with a program such as Deep Zoom to be familiar with currents, etc.

Conditions can be a 3+ on a scale of one to three. There may be rough water with strong currents & high winds, be prepared!

Participate at your level of experience.


Short & Long course are open to OCs, SUPs, HPKs, Kayaks, Rowers and Other human powered craft.


Race Director : Tod Cole


Sponsored by Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Racing Team - Masters














Pleasure Craft Houseboat Rentals is located next door to Skansie Park providing easy access to the water and event headquarters.


Gig Harbor Marina Guest House and Fleets is located on site with the event headquarters.


The Maritime Inn is located across the street from Skansie Park and the event headquarters.


Waterfront Inn provides lodging and private dock with a 10 minute paddle to the Start/Finish line.


The Inn at Gig Harbor provides lodging just off of Highway 16 with a five minute drive to the event headquarters.


Best Western Wesley Inn is located off of Highway 16 with less then a five minute drive to event headquarters.





Anthony's in the historic Shoreline with a full view of the Harbor.


Bella Fammina Restaurante with Sicilian inspired dishes.


Java & Clay will provide you with a hot cup of coffee or tea and will also keep your kids busy creating artwork to go.


Tides Tavern is a Gig Harbor mainstay for good food and views of the harbor.


El Pueblito located across the street from Skansie park providing great Mexican fair for the hunger.


Net Shed #9 excellent lunch on the harbor.


Il Luciano Italanian at its best.


Gig Harbor Brewery located directly above the even headquarters for your easy access.


7 Seas Brewery Tasting Room provides the prime view for your family and friends to watcht he Start/Finish line.


Brix 25 great dining minutes from event headquarters.


Millville Pizza Company prividing pizza to go and dine in.






If you would like family and friends to watch the race from the water please reach out to one of the tour boats in the harbor.


Destiny Harobr Tours provides harbor boats capable of going out into the Narrows for viewing the race first hand.


Gig Harbor Gondala has two authentic Venician gondola's that will take you around the harbor and watcht he start/finish is style.


Reviera Cruises can provide a large party the ability to watch the race from anywhere along the Narrows Challenge course.



Sponsored by Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Racing Team - Masters


Let us know if you are interested in paddling the Narrows Challenge!


Event Organized by Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Racing Team Masters