Big Hurt Kayak/Paddleboard

Course Description
The route for the boat race will head East from Pebble Beach to the jetty at the old Rayonier Mill site. It will be an out and back and the distance will be between 2.6 miles long. Paddlers will need to split the race markers, yellow on right side of boat and orange on left going out, circle red marker on left side of boat at turn around and then going back split markers with orange on right side and yellow on left, heading West on same course to the finish / start. Depending on the time of day the Coast Guard may stop you at the Black Ball ferry crossing at which point the time will stop and the total amount you are stopped will be deducted from your total time.
Equipment, Skills, and Safety Rules
To ensure fairness and safety in the Kayak Leg, ALL BOATS will be inspected on race day for compliance with the following 3 rules.
  • ALL kayaks (in all divisions) must meet a minimum length of 13 feet (not including rudders or handles);
  • ALL kayaks (in all divisions) must have watertight bulkheads and watertight hatches or secure, positive floatation in BOTH ends of the boat;
  • The WIDTH of ALL TEAM Division kayaks must be equal to or wider than .094 times the overall boat length (in inches).
  • Paddle Boards must all have a leash and fins
  • Must have a whistle
  • Must have a coast guard approved Type 3 life jacket and it must be worn at all times
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, the bay is cold water
  • A kayak must be paddled by one person using a double-bladed paddle as the sole means of propulsion. An outrigger canoe must be paddled by one person using a single-bladed paddle.
  • All paddlers are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved TYPE III Life Jacket (PFD) and have a whistle. Any racer observed not wearing their life jacket or wearing it unzipped during the race risks having their team disqualified. (NOTE: Inflatable belt PFD's that do NOT provide neck collar floatation, such as the "Zephyr" model offered by NRS, are NOT acceptable in this race. See:
  • A paddle or boat leash IS required for all surf skis in competitive division.
  • MP3, iPods or similar music/audio systems are NOT allowed to be used by racers while competing.
  • We recommend the use of spray skirts for all sit-inside sea kayaks, but only if you are skilled in how to wet exit while wearing a spray skirt. A paddle float and/or signal devices are highly recommended. A whistle is required.
  • All racers should be capable of performing some form of remount or self-rescue (e.g., paddle float self-rescue, cowboy remount, Eskimo roll, etc.).
Cold Water Safety Warning:

Please note: The water at the Port Angeles Harbor is quite cold. It averages about 50° ± year round. At this temperature, sudden immersion without proper thermal protection can cause shock and hypothermia within 10-15 minutes and, if this chilling state persists, it can be life threatening.

Be sure you understand that, as a race participant, you are solely and completely responsible for your own safety when participating in this race. In rough water conditions, it is sometimes difficult for safety boat personnel to see a capsized kayaker in the water, or they may be busy handling other capsizes. It is possible that, if you capsize, you may not receive help from a safety boat for an extended period of time.

Therefore, ALL kayak leg participants are STRONGLY ADVISED to wear appropriate cold water paddling clothing while racing. A dry suit or wet suit, spray jacket, poly-pro protective thermal clothing, sun hat, etc. are highly recommended.

Impact of Weather on the Kayak Leg

The Kayak leg is conducted only in acceptable wind, water and traffic conditions. Be aware this leg may be canceled in case of seriously challenging weather or harbor conditions. Extreme wind conditions (sustained winds of 18-20 or more knots). Fog that creates sight limitations to below 200 feet.

If you hear 3 short blasts of the air horn from either the Coast Guard or Sherriff boat this means you need to head back to the start beach in the safest manner possible and the leg is canceled. The next person on your team will be alerted and their leg will start accordingly. Irons will have their time stopped at the moment the horn was sounded and then restart once they leave race central for their next leg.

Ferry: Depending on time you enter the water and when you return, you may be asked to stay on the beach and wait for ferry to dock, or held up on the water, to wait for the ferry to dock. This time will be subtracted from your overall time. No boats will be allowed to leave the beach after 11:45am.

There will be safety boats patrolling the racecourse plus various locations along the course. If you need assistance, please notify one of the safety boats with your whistle.

Drop-Off and Staging

All boats must be dropped off at race central between 6pm and 10pm the Friday before the race. The race provides overnight security guards on the beach.

Boats need to be picked up on race day – bring race bib for entry
3-4pm walk boat out only
4-5pm can drive in and get
After 5pm there is no security for boats left at beach

Drop Off
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