The 13th Annual Dan Harris Challenge

      Proudly Hosting the U.S. Leg of the Think Kayak International Challenge

 For Questions, Email John  Rybczyk, Race Director

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Check-in - 8:00 a.m.
Safety Meeting - 9:15 a.m.
Race Start - 10:00 a.m.
Tide Height at Race Start: +2.8', flooding

DHC Regulations and Protocols

NOTE: You must register and sign a waiver at the Registration Desk prior to starting the race. You will receive your bow number and raffle ticket when you register.

The race starts for all contestants (short and long course) at 10 a.m.
The Race Director will  announce the airhorn starting sequence and course modifications at the Safety Meeting at 9:15 a.m. You must attend the Safety Meeting

Short Course

In calm sea states, racers start at #4 buoy (Starr Rock buoy) and head directly to the west side of #2 buoy (Post Point buoy), turn east around the south side of the buoy and sprint northeast to the finish at #4 buoy (3.2 nm). In rough sea states, the Race Director will determine and announce the short course at the Safety Meeting prior to race start.

Long Course

Racers start at #4 buoy (Starr Rock buoy) and head directly to the west side of #2 buoy (Post Point buoy), then SE toward Chuckanut Island traveling west to east around the south end of the island. Return to the west side of #2 buoy then sprint to the finish at #4 buoy (8.5 nm).


Every participant must have a Coast Guard-approved flotation device, with all gear and craft in good working order. Safety boats and rescue kayakers will be located along the race route. The Race Director will give a briefing just prior to the race (all contestants must attend) as to what to do when you need help on the race route. Participants must lend a hand to any other participant that requests help. A time award will be given to any contestant that helps another contestant during the race.

Pre-race Snacks/Post-race BBQ and Awards

Bottled water, sports-supplements and snacks will be available in the morning for registered contestants. Post-race BBQ ($5 donation) is for all contestants and volunteers. Tickets for door prizes will be drawn during the BBQ, immediately following the finish of racing (about 12 p.m.). Awards presentations will occur as close to 12:15 p.m. as possible.  

Winners of each rowing/paddling category will be engraved on the Dan Harris Challenge Trophy.

Launching Boats

Boats may be launched at either the Fairhaven launch ramp or the north end of Boulevard Park. Boats launched at Fairhaven launch ramp must row/paddle approximately one mile to the start at #4 buoy (Starr Rock buoy). Water is available at Boulevard Park for washing down your boat after the race. See map.