Registration

2017 Event Registration and Info.

July 21st and July 22nd 2017

The Washburn Board Across the Bay Race is a unique Stand Up Paddle Board Event for all paddling enthusiasts. It takes place on Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay in Washburn, WI., home of TOM BLAKE. You can choose between the 3, 7, or the 14-mile race.

Schedule

Friday July 21st

3PM-5PM: New! Dedication to Tom Blake. Memorial Park, Washburn.

5PM-8PM: Race Registration Thompson’s West End Park in Washburn

Saturday July 22nd

6:30AM-7:30AM: MANDATORY Race Registration before race 7:30AM: Race Meeting and Instructions at Thompson’s West End Park in Washburn

8AM: 3-mile & 14-mile race start in Washburn at Thompson’s West End Park (ends here as well)

9AM: 7-mile race start in *Ashland at Bayview Beach (across from Tractor Supply building)

10AM- 1PM: Try SUP’s from leading manufacturers at West End Park. NEW! Challenges, relays and obstacles w/ Fun Prizes!

1PM: Awards at West End Park *Racers are responsible for their own transportation to Ashland 7-mile start site.

Race Divisions & Categories:

Mens & Womens categories include:

SUP UNLIMITED CLASS:

1. No Restrictions except that the craft must be powered by a stand up paddler with a single blade paddle. This includes multi-hull SUP’s, foil fins, rudders, etc.

SUP 14 Ft CLASS:

1. Length – 14’ ft maximum

2. Board Weight – No Weight Restriction.

3. Board Design – No minimum dimensions.

SUP 12’6” CLASS:

1. Length – 12’6” ft

2. Board Weight – No Weight Restriction.

3. Board Design – No minimum dimensions. SUP

Surfboard CLASS:

1. Length – 12’2” ft maximum

2. Board Weight – No Weight Restriction.

3. Board Design – Board must be a surfboard style in shape with the minimum dimensions. Nose 17” wide(12” back from nose),14” tail (12” up from the tail) and maximum thickness of 5”.

PRONE PADDLEBOARD CLASS

1. Prone Stock Class: 12’-no rudder

2. Prone unlimited class: any size board including those with rudders Unlimited

WATERCRAFT CLASS:

1. For non-SUP watercraft. Must be self-propelled by single or double blade paddle. May include canoes, sea kayaks, etc.

2. Timed but no awards given.

SURF SKI CLASS

Register and Pay On-line

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Rules

a. All

i. The United States Coast Guard and the event coordinators require wearing approved type III lifejackets while operating any personal watercraft during any part of the event.

ii. Racers must be self-contained. This means bringing own water and a system with which to carry water, snacks, and other items that may be needed while on the water. Racers are not allowed a non-racing assist boat, though racers may assist one another if needed.

iii. Racer watercraft will be assessed for length and other requirements during event registration while on sight. Racers pre-registering for the race should be sure of what category they fall within, or ask. Watercraft not meeting the requisites of the requested category may be switched into another category before race start.

iv. Race numbers are required and will be given to competitors at registration

v. Course is subject to change at the discretion of the race referee, it may be modified to take advantage of the weather conditions or safety preparation. All competitors are notified, in the event the race is cancelled.

vi. Racers are responsible for their own transportation to the Ashland 7 mile race start site.

vii. Other rulings are at the discretion of the race coordinator. If racers have a question as to the legality or safety of using a particular strategy or piece of equipment it is up the that racer to ask before racing.

b. Stand Up Paddleboard

i. All racers must wear a leash

ii. All competitors must remain standing throughout the race. a competitor is allowed to sit, lay or kneel to rest without making forward progress. Racers competing from one of these non-standing positions will immediately be placed into the “unlimited” paddlecraft category.

iii. Propulsion: SUP racers must use a single bladed paddle. No outside assistance, drafting, or use of any form of sail or clothing used for the same purpose is allowed.

iv. SUP center fins may be of any length, width or shape, but must be symetrical and may NOT have points protruding from any of the surfaces. (foils, etc)

v. Rudders only allowed in SUP unlimited class.

c. Prone Paddleboard

i. See “all”. d. Surf Ski i. Competitors must wear a leg rope

ii. Craft will be subject to a seaworthiness safety check

Safety Statement

The safety of the participants, spectators, staff and competitors is first priority of the Washburn Board Across The Bay event. Being that this race takes place on Lake Superior we have to prepare for all weather conditions. However, the event and race take place within the Chequamegon Bay, which is protected from larger wind waves and generally has warmer water than in the open lake. We also choose to hold the event at the end of July, when calmer weather can usually be expected. Lake conditions will be made available to all participants prior to the race start. Race Directors will warn competitors of any dangers that could occur as well as where safety personel will be located on the course and venue and have a safety plan in place if adverse or dangerous conditions should occur during the race. Race directors will communicate such during the pre-race competitors meeting.  Inclement weather may change the course or shorten the race.

Participant Waiver of Claim and Indemnity Agreement

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Washburn, their officers, agents, volunteers, sponsors, Board Across the Bay hosts and employees from and against any and all liabilities for any injury which may be suffered by the above participation arising out of or in any way connected with their participation in the Washburn Board Across the Bay Race & Festival. I also permit organizers of their event to use photographic images taken during this event for promotional purposes.

Contact the Washburn Chamber of Commerce