Open Water Race

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                Email: paddle@narrowschallenge.com

2022 Narrows Challenge Sponsored byor Canoe

Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Racing Team

Gig Harbor Tourism Council

Downtown Waterfront Alliance

Giant Fish apparel

 

 

Open Water human powered craft: Kayak, Surfski, SUP, Outrigger Canoe, Paddleboard and others. Paddlers familiar with tides and open water conditions. Start & Finish outside the entrance of Gig Harbor. Paddle south towards the Narrows Bridge with buoy turns returning to the finish for each course.

 

RACE INFORMATION

Saturday October 8, 2022

Pick up race number and transponder 9:00 - 12:00 am.
Start groups between 12:00 - 1:30 pm.

 

RACE COURSES

Courses are open to OC, SUP, HPK, SK, and Other human powered craft.

 

Short Course: Distance @ 5 Kilometers (Approximately 3 miles). 

Skill Level 1/2 depending on conditions day of race.

For those new to open water or if day of race conditions are above your abilities for the longer courses.

Start/Finish just outside the Gig Harbor entrance paddling South along shoreline to buoy at 2.5 Km and return to finish line.

 

Intermidiate Course: Distance @ 10 Kilometers (Approximately 6 miles).

Skill level 2/3 depending on conditions day or race.

Participants should have considerable experience in open water and considered intermidiate to expert paddler.

Start/Finish just outside the Gig Harbor entrance paddling South to Point Evans and bouy turn at 5 Km. Return to finish line.

Nautical course with the participant taking into account the tide, current, wind and weather conditions.

 

Expert Course: Distance @ 20 Kilometers (approximately 12 miles). 

Skill Level 2/3 depending on conditions day of race. 

Participants should be highly experienced in open water and considered intermidiate to expert paddler.

Start/Finish just outside the Gig Harbor entrance paddling South under the Narrows Bridge with turn around buoy at 10 Km between Narrows Park and Point Fosdick.

Nautical course with the participant taking into account the tide, current, wind & weather conditions.

 

Skill Level & Conditions. 

1: Relatively calm with some wave & current action. For the Narrows Challenge paddling close to shore. Favorable to those with experience paddling in open water from beginner to intermediate.

2: Potential rough water with wind and current. Favorable to those with a considerable amount of paddling in open water from intermediate to expert.

3: Potential for high winds with strong current and rough water. Favorable to those with a considerable amount of paddling in open water at the expert level.

 

* Race day currents are listed as an extremely large flood. This equates to paddling with strong currents out to bouy turn and against strong currents on return.

** The Narrows Passage frequently experiences high winds. Potentially creating extreme downwind and upwind race day conditions.

Participate at your level of experience according to the conditions at time of event.

 

ENTRY FEES

Pre-registration: Per person $45 / Teams of 6 or more $225.

After September 28thth: Per person $55 / Teams of 6 or more $275.

 

AWARDS

Race purse to be determined

Prizes to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for all categories with three or more participants

Hot Shot Awards: First single person craft to buoy turn on each of the courses.

Gifts cards and raffle prizes.

 

RACE REGISTRATION

Registration through Pacific Multisports. Create a login if not already a member.

https://register.pacificmultisports.com/Events/1027/Register

 

Registration online will be open until 10 AM Friday, October 7th.

No in-person or day-of registration is available.

Participants will receive an email with web link to a Powerpoint presentation describing pre-race preperation, course and other information on Oct. 7, 2022.

Pre-race Zoom meeting will be available for questions & answers Friday, October 7th at 7pm.

Race day morning pick up your race number, transponder, etc. at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard: 3117 Harborview Dr, 98335.

 

GETTING TO THE START

Highway 16 across the Narrows Bridge. Follow signs to downtown Gig Harbor.

There are public launch sites at Skansie Brothers Park, Eden Boat Park, Ancich Waterfront Park, Gig Harbor Boat Ramp. After you have launched paddle to the harbor entrance near Lighthouse Point.  Start and Finish will be across from Lighthouse Point. Further instructions provided during pre-race meeting.

 

Mandatory Safety Rules

Participants testify they have experience & are completely capable of remounting their craft in rough water.

Will always wear a Coast Guard Approved PFD.

Will always wear a leash.

Will wear bright colors for high visibility on the water.

Will render assistance to any other participant as necessary.

 

Water Safety

Event Permit filed with US Coast Guard.

10+ Safety boats positioned on course.

VHF Radio – Channel 72.

Equipped with throw ropes.

Additional floatation devices.

Dedicated individual to monitor Commercial Traffic.

Will adjust start times as needed.

West Pierce Fire Boat scheduled to be on the water.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrol requested.

 

Race Day Course Decisions

Any neccassary evaluations of the course conditions on the day of event will be made in agreement with Tod Cole: Race Director; Larry Richardson: Tacoma Maritime Institure - Director; Robert Nissenbaum: ACA Certified Kayak Instructor.

 

COVID Requirements

Participants will follow COVID guidelines as required by Washington State &  Pierce County at time of event.

 

Medical Plan

911 is primary Emergency contact for all participants, volunteers and staff. First aid supplies and guidance available at start/finish line dock.

 

Local Hospital:

St Anthony Hospital

11567 Canterwood Blvd

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Ph. 253-530-2000

 

Disaster Response

Race Director will make decision to end event in case of natural or man made events.

On site mass communication will be done via volunteers on site.

Mass Email to participants for communication if required.

 

Race Director : Tod Cole

Email: paddle@narrowschallenge.com

Sponsored by Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Racing Team - Masters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Results

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

 

 

For full list of racers and times visit

Pacific Multisports web site at https://pacificmultisports.com/results/narrowschallenge2021/#0_3EF1B7

 

LODGING

 

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.

 

 

DINING AND BREWERIES

 

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.

 

 

 

TOUR BOATS

 

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

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