PNW Races

The Pacific Northwest is home to very active racing communities. There are races year-round in sprint canoe and kayak, surf ski, outrigger canoe, marathon canoe and SUP. This is a list of the local races.

Smaller local weekday race series

SCKC Duck Island Races -- Summer Fridays on Green Lake; all crafts
Salmon Bay Paddle Races -- Summer Monday nights in Ballard; mainly SUP and surf ski

Larger Weekend Races

Some of the Sound Rower and PNWORCA races are "open water" and require a high-level of experience.   Make sure to check the race info. PNWORCA also has a summer series that is for OC-6. Check the PNWORCA website for that calendar.  Jericho Paddling Club also has a good calendar here.

The types of crafts appropriate for the race are shown with an 'x' in the boat class columns.  Boat classes: HPK=surf ski, OFS = Olympic flatwater sprint kayak and canoe, OC = outrigger canoe, OWR = open water rowing shell, SUP = SUP; M = marathon canoe

2018 date

Race Name (click link for registration/info)

Location Distance OFS HPK OC OWR SUP M Host Size
Jan 6 Wasabi Portland, OR 7km-ish   x X x x   PNWORCA Winter Series 95
Jan 20 Autumn Rose Ferndale, WA 11km   x x x x   PNWORCA Winter Series 50
Feb 3 La Conner La Conner, WA 11km   x x X x   Sound Rowers Race Series 50
Feb 3 Mountain Home Kalama, WA 10km   x X x x   PNWORCA Winter Series 210
Feb 17 Jericho Vancouver, BC 10km   x X x x   PNWORCA Winter Series 170
early Mar St. Paddle's Day Shelton, WA 3km & 6km   x x   X   Salmon Bay Paddlers Race Series 46
Mar 3 False Creek Vancouver, BC 10km   x X x x   PNWORCA Winter Series 300
Mar 10 Bellingham Bay Rough Water Race Bellingham, WA 10km   x X x x   Sound Rowers 62
Mar 17 Kai Ikaika Portland, OR 10km   x X x x   PNWORCA Winter Series 37
Mar 31 Race for the Cookies Bothell, WA 2km X         x Cascade Canoe and Kayak Club 50
Apr 7 Sand Point Outrigger Club Seattle (Sand Point), WA 20km   x X x x   PNWORCA Winter Series  
Apr 21 Paddler's Cup Gig Harbor, WA 5 & 10km x x X x x   Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team  
Apr 21 Jetty Island Everett, WA 8km   x x X x   Sound Rowers 28
late Apr Dan Harris Challenge Bellingham     X x x x     76
May 5 Lake Whatcom Classic Bellingham 9 & 12km   x x X x   Sound Rowers 70
May 5-6 Slawko Fedechko Maple Ridge, BC 500m, 1000m & 5km X           Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club 100
May 12 Commencement Bay Tacoma, WA 9.6km   x x X x   Sound Rowers 21
May 27 Ski-to-Sea Bellingham, WA 30km   x       x Ski to Sea 300+
Jun 23 Rat Island Port Townsend, WA 2.9mi & 6.8mi   x x X x   Sound Rowers 57
Jun 9-10 Ted Houk Memorial Regatta Seattle (Greenlake), WA 200m, 500m & 1000m X           Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club 200
Jun 16 Bellingham Regatta Bellingham (Lake Padden), WA 200m, 500m, 1000m & 2km X           Bellingham Canoe and Kayak Club 100
Jul 9-15 Canadian Downwind Championships Squamish, BC 21km   x x   x   Canadian Downwind Champs 111
Jul 14 Lake Sammamish Lake Sammamish 13km & 20km   x x X x   Sound Rowers 28
Jul 16-21 Gorge Downwind Championships Columbia River Gorge various   x x   x   Gorge Downwind Champs 400
Jul 28 Elk River Challenge Westport, WA 3/7mi   x x X x   Sound Rowers 25
Aug 17-19 David Thompson Paddlesport Classic Revelstoke, BC 125km   x x x x x Paddle Revelstoke 800
Aug 25 Great Cross Sound Race West Seattle, WA 7mi   x x X x   Sound Rowers 32
Sep 8 Bainbridge Island Marathon Bainbridge Island, WA 12/26.2mi   x x X x   Sound Rowers 12
Sep 15 Budd Inlet Olympia, WA 3.5/7mi   x x X x   Sound Rowers 17
Sep 22 Salmon Roe Bellingham, WA 5.5mi x x x X x   Sound Rowers 145
Sep 29 Guano Rocks Wenatchee, WA 2.5/5.5mi x x x X x   Sound Rowers 26
Oct 6 Mercer Island Sausage Pull Seattle 10km & 20km   x x X x   Sound Rowers 57
Oct 20 Ruston Way Relay Tacoma 4km, 8km, & 16km   x X x x   Kikaha O Ke Kai club race 50
late Oct Cascade Distance Race Bothell, WA 2km, 5km & 10km X         x Cascade Canoe and Kayak Club 30
late Oct Ballard Halloween Paddle Race Seattle (Ballard), WA 9km   x x   X   Salmon Bay Paddlers 18
early Nov Eric Hughes Distance Race Seattle (Greenlake) 5km and 10km X x         Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club 50



 

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