Club @ The Boatyard Home Port for Paddlers Cup

The harbor-side Club @ The Boatyard will be the home base for the 5th annual Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup coming to town April 2-3.

The annual competition sponsored by the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team takes place out of Skansie Brothers Park and Jerisich Dock, but this year for the first time the group will have a covered space for its base of operation.  It doesn’t get any more convenient and comfortable than The Club @ The Boatyard, which opens up onto the park and the nearby public dock. The beautiful venue at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard opened last July so this is the first time it will serve as the “home port” for the Paddlers Cup.

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Stand-up paddle boarders sprint to the finish line during a past Paddlers Cup.

The Club @ The Boatyard is Home Port for Paddlers Cup

Racers and officials will have a place to leave belongings, regroup between races and enjoy refreshments near warm fireplaces and ceiling heaters — an attractive feature this chilly, wet spring.

Registration is open for participation in this fun annual competition in the harbor, so check out The Paddlers Cup website to get all the information. The Paddlers Cup is the premiere event for Pacific Northwest canoe, kayak, paddle board, dragon boat and outrigger athletes and enthusiasts alike, says the website.  The two-day event features competitive racing for the expert, novice and recreationalist, as well as for youth paddlers.

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Timers huddle on Jerisich Dock to compare notes on sprint heats during a recent Paddlers Cup.

On Saturday, you can challenge yourself physically and mentally as you compete for the best time in 5k and 10k distance racing inside the harbor. Also, experience the fun of facing-off in lively head-to-head 100m knock-off and 200m relay competitions.

The Club @ The Boatyard is Home Port for Paddlers Cup

On Sunday, you can brave the turbulent waters of the Tacoma Narrows as you compete in the Paddlers Cup Cross Narrows Challenge. If that’s not quite your style then check out the newly added dragon boat races taking place inside the harbor.

On shore in Skansie Brothers Park, be sure to visit vendors who are featuring the industry’s top manufacturers, clubs, retailers, non-profit organizations and more.  Taylor Shellfish will once again be serving their delicious geoduck chowder for a $5 donation. Also new this year, you can take a gondola ride around the harbor provided by Gig Harbor Gondola.

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Take a harbor tour during Paddlers Cup with gondolier John Synco of Gig Harbor Gondola.

Proceeds from the Paddlers Cup benefit the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team.

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