1st Annual Ballard Halloween Paddle Race Results

I've always wanted to offer a paddling race on Shilshole Bay longer than our weekly summer sprint series races.  Working with the Ballard Elks Lodge we decided on a 4 or 6 mile course depending on the conditions. 6 would go around West Point, and the shorter course on the inside of the point for safety.

Race day was the last of a 3 day high wind storm. Before the start, West Point had winds at 27kt gusts with 4' swell rolling around the point. We chose the inside course which was plenty hard!

After days of rain, the current below the Chittenden Locks was cranking out up to 5kts of current which was being pushed by a SE wind and an ebb tide.  A fan of challenging conditions, my course brought the racers up current to just below the Locks, then out using the current, then left and against variable winds out to the inside of West Point.  After rounding the blue can buoy, racers downwinded it in fun bumps back to the Elks.

As always with our races, we invited racers up to the Elks for post hydration, a bite, prizes and a raffle.

Thanks to the Ballard Elks for the facilities and the following for the great schwag and prices!
Seattle Sports Company, Radiant Acupuncture, Carol's Massage, Imagine Surf, Java Bean, Keala's Hawaiian Coffee, Geo's Cuban and Creole.

Thanks also to our tireless timer Mark McAlpin who always does a precision job of keeping us all in track and with registration.

Thanks to our four safety boaters (3 in motor boats), Lance King, Erik Howles, and Darrell Kirk.  Also Shanon Dell of Sequim's Given to Glide for SUP on-water assistance.  On each of their boats were a number of volunteers as well.


Race Photos by Jasmine Speaks

We donated $380 to the MS Society via the Ballard Elks.

Hoping to do a Spring race at the same location!

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