This started as a disorganized effort among a few buddies trying to cover way too many miles on a paddle board, that then morphed into a a still disorganized event with even more folks over a still challenging but more reasonable set of miles, and finally to its current state, still disorganized, still a small group of friends, still a fun day on the water, but now with the generous support of Athletic Brew for the 3rd year in a row focused on helping out a charitable cause.
-Try to use the go fund-me to organize teams. etc. ..
-Date: 7/11, rain date 7/12 (Weatherman Seidler can make the call). I realize this is short and may not work for all... sorry, best date for me and runner up to the Iron Paddle Rob Strickland.
-Format: 4 legs 2.5 Miles each OR first paddler hits 40 mins, this will avoid long legs against the wind, around the islands.
-Divisions: Solo (Iron Paddle), 2 Person Raceboard Team (Golden Paddle), 4 or 2 Person rec division (Wooden Paddle)
-Start Time: 6:45 AM see next note.
-We will start/finish and gather ON the water, if folks congregate some place after up to them. Keeping this Covid safe.
-As in the past EVERY team/paddler needs to have a chase boat. If you decide you bubble up with teams that is up to you, but I am not going to match people up nor provide transport on my father's boat because of COVID.
-As I have stated in the past, I am going for a paddle and asking my friends if they want to join, while I suggest safety tips I am not assuming any responsibility for safety. So, will ask folks sign the attached waiver and drop off my house before the event. No waiver no t-shirt.
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