2015 Nantucket Paddle Battle UPDATE

important course change & race location

UMass Field Station, Polpis rd

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Saturday September 12th.

Dear Paddlers,

Because of strong winds predicted to blow from the north, we have CHANGED the location of our race from Jetties beach to a segment of the harbor, between third point and five fingers point, accessible from Polpis road, via the UMass Field Station (the benefactor of our charity event).

Please read over the details below carefully.


Caitlin & Burr

The Course

Our course begins just off shore, below the bluff of the UMass Field Station. Some of you may know this area as adjacent to the Fulling Mill Creeks.

  • Paddlers can expect a headwind on the first leg of the triangular course, as they paddle aprox 1/2 mile to Third Point.
  • The second leg will bring some side chop, but in the lee of the wind as paddlers make their way to Five Fingers Point.
  • The third and final leg of the course will be a strong and fast downwind run back towards the start.

3-mile recreational racers will do ONE loop around the course (this includes men's and women's divisions in 12'6" and surf SUPs, as well as all kayakers and prone paddlers. Elite racers will do TWO. There fore there will be 3 major buoy turns for Recs and 6 for Elites.

The finish line will be ON THE BEACH. Racers will unleash themselves and drop their boards, charge up the beach, paddles in hand, to ring the finish bell.

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Join us at the Handlebar Cafe on Friday September 11th from 4-6 for a little pre-race gathering. Pick up your t-shirt, and numbers and sign your waivers AHEAD OF TIME.


Online at PaddleGuru.com

$45 for recreational and elite paddlers, $15 for family fun paddle.
Net profits to benefit the local Water Defense Initiatives designed by Sarah Oktay, Director of the UMass Field Station. Ms. Oktay’s clean water initiatives include local high school and college students and teaches them to measure groundwater, harbor, and pond water quality here on Nantucket.

*RACE SCHEDULE and COURSE are both subject to change with the wind/weather conditions. Please check our FaceBook page the night before the event to confirm.

The 2015 Nantucket Paddle Battle

Saturday, Sep. 12th, 7am-12pm

UMass Field Station, off Polpis Road

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

Schedule of Events

  • 7:00-8:15am: Board drop-off & Registration
  • 8:30am: Mandatory pre-race Safety Meeting
  • 9am: 6-mile Elite
  • 9:15am: 3-mile Recreational
  • 11:00am: 3-mile Outrigger Race
  • 12:00pm: 1.5-mile Family Fun paddle
  • 12:30pm: Awards

Our Generous Sponsors

Paddle Nantucket

Verde Nantucket Green Build

Cape Cod Five

Glide SUP

Brant Point Marine

The Haul-Over


Indian Summer

The Nantucket Tri Club

Temple Tumeric

Nantucket Community Sailing

The Nantucket Yacht Club

Banh Pho Surfboards & Crispy Noodle

Force Five

The Handlebar Cafe

and a big thank you to Harbor Master, Shelia Lucy, the Town of Nantucket and our awesome volunteers.

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