Well the Delmarva Peninsula and maybe a little more. A compilation of events as
they have been relayed to me or garnered from various websites
And please send
us corrections or additions
Irish Eyes is sponsoring the event benefiting the Milton
Chamber of Commerce
The 15th Annual
Broadkill River Canoe and Kayak race will be held the fourth Saturday in
August. This is the
largest canoe and kayak race on the Peninsula. It starts with
Oyster Rocks Road. North of Lewes Delaware and
ends 10 miles later in Milton. Pre register or sign up the day of the
event. Registration begins at 8:00 am. Race starts 10:00.
Irish Eyes at 302-684-5005
We've found Irish Eyes to be
strategically located near the finish line. $cheap PBR's
The largest gathering
of human powered boats on the eastern shore, and maybe further. Join the
competition that ranges from recreational kayaks to 8 man or woman crew.
The 12.5 mile race
starts at Wye Landing on the Wye East River, 18 miles southeast of the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore and continues around Wye
Island. The course is over sheltered estuaries with minimum boat traffic and
The Kayak Challenge is a mass
start race for all Kayak entries.
It was in 1988 that Charlie Cole and his lovely wife Cindy
started an annual gathering of paddlers on the western shore of Rehoboth Bay in
Lewes, DE, to exchange paddling skills and knowledge – today that has become an
annual gathering at which Greenland-style sea-kayakers gather to celebrate the
origins of kayaking and hone traditional kayaking techniques and skills
In 2008 they offered
an "extended" Delmarva option (early arrival) as well. See
for a report from a previous year's event. Registrations begin July 4th and
are usually full by the first week of September.
Qajaq USA event , the
Delmarva Paddlers Retreat
is held at Camp Arrowhead across the Rehoboth Bay from Dewey Beach, Delaware.
The Retreat has evolved into a gathering of traditional skills enthusiasts.
All instruction will be geared towards Greenland techniques, so a Greenland
paddle is preferred. Accommodations are cabins (bunks) or tenting under
the pines near the bay shoreline. Enjoy learning to kayak the Greenland
way. Mentoring from some of the best in the nation. Skills learned
can be transferred back to the Euro blade, but why once you’ve paddled the stick
you won’t want to go back.
This event has no
relationship to the
message board, but many of us are there. (same webmaster too)
The Sultana Projects hosts a three-day festival known as
Downrigging Weekend to celebrate the close of Sultana's sailing season.
Tall ships and historic vessels from across the mid-Atlantic and beyond
visit Sultana's home port of Chestertown for this three-day public event
which draws over 10,000 people to Chestertown. The weekend features
opportunities for the public to view, board and even sail on an impressive
fleet of visiting ships, schooners and skipjacks.
See favorite paddles for some of the good times we've had there.
Chesapeake Paddlers Association Skills Clinic, at Lake Anna, VA. Lake Anna
is a nuclear heating pond so the water will be 75-80 degrees! This event is
always popular, usually filling up the 80 student slots plus a waiting list
and 20 instructors within a few weeks.
The East Coast Canoe & Kayak
Festival includes lectures, on-water classes, and demonstrations directed to
the novice and the experienced paddler.
James Island County Park
May 11, 2012
4th Annual Paddlefest on the Choptank will begin with a 9:30 am
launch in Greensboro, MD. The course will be a 7.7 mile paddle down the
Choptank (going WITH the current) and ending at the Choptank River Yacht
Club where the festival will begin at 11:00 am and go until 4:00 pm.
This annual rendezvous
brings together Chesapeake Light Craft builders and their Okoume plywood boats.
OkoumeFest is open to ALL small boats, however, whether they are wooden CLC
designs, plastic, or whatever material. This is a family-friendly event centered
on the joys of building and using small boats.
annual Delmarva Paddlesports Expo is held at Schumaker Park in Salisbury.
Free kayak and canoe demos. It is a great way to try before you buy.
They of course are hoping to sell you one of their boats but that’s for you to
Potomac River Swim for the Environment The Potomac River Swim for the environment
needs support kayakers to ensure the
success of the swim and safety of the swimmers. The website also has many
good resources for kayak swim support.
Great Chesapeake Bay Swim & 1 Mile Chesapeake Challenge
CPA provides the swim support and needs volunteers. There's some good advice
for swim support at the above link. Info on the swim is at
Chesapeake Bay Swim
The focus of this weekend is to learn, refine, and share traditional
kayaking techniques in a stimulating and enjoyable environment. Whether you
are new, along, or far down this path, come join us for a great weekend of
The Nanticoke Riverfest Canoe &
Kayak race will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 in Seaford, Delaware. If you
want to register early, please visit the link above. Registration starts at
11:00 am, Race starts at 1:00 Pm and the Awards will be handed out next to the
bridge at 4:00. Registration Form