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2018 Paddlers Cup Coming to the Harbor April 21-22

Skansie Brothers Park on the Gig Harbor Waterfront

A premiere paddle event for Pacific Northwest canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board and outrigger athletes and enthusiasts of all age levels.

The 7th Annual Paddlers Cup Regatta will take place April 21 and 22 at historic Skansie Brothers Park in downtown Gig Harbor.

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Stand-up paddle boarders churn the harbor at a past Paddlers Cup. (Photo courtesy of Paddlers Cup)

Organized by the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team in cooperation with the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission and the City of Gig Harbor, this annual community event features paddle racing for kayaks, canoes, SUPs, outriggers and para-canoes, and the ever-more-popular dragon boat races.

Dragon Boat Racing Has Caught Fire

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JBLM dragon boaters, seen here in 2017, will face heated competition as they go for their third straight Paddlers Cup championship. The team is sponsored by Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. (This and photo at top by Chance Busey)

Come cheer on Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard’s own winning dragon boat team from Joint Base Lewis McChord. Our boatyard-sponsored team from the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade out of JBLM is vying for its third straight Paddlers Cup dragon boat championship. This heated competition is sure to see plenty of teams breathing fire down our paddlers’ necks in this rapidly-growing boating activity.

Paddlers Cup Kick-Off Party ~ Swing Dancing @ The Club

Friday, April 20:  5:30 to 8 p.m.

Paddlers CupJoin the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team on Friday April 20 for the Paddlers Cup kick-off party at The Club @ the Boatyard. This fun-for-all-ages party is from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and will feature live music, swing dancing, food and beverages.

Paddlers can skip the long lines on race day and check in that evening for their races and pick up event T-shirts. Late registration for Cross Narrows Challenge and Inner Harbor Races will also be available.

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2017 Paddlers Cup. (Photo by Chance Busey, assistant marketing director at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard)

For 2018 Race Information, Schedule of Events and Registration, go to



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