The 6th Annual Pelican Paddle was a great success. Thank you to all the paddlers and spectators who came out to enjoy a beautiful day on the water! A special thank you to the volunteers, including the awesome mothers and daughters from the National Charity League, and to the fine musicians of Blue Bicycle, and to Stephen Savage for capturing the event in photos. We are very grateful for a community of people who share in our mission to preserve and protect this special place.
Thank you to our partners in conservation:
Participants receive water and soft drinks and entry in our drawing for the chance to win a kayak and other door prizes. The first 200 advance registrants will be guaranteed a 2018 Pelican Paddle reusable metal water bottle. Additional registrants will receive bottles as available.
Advance Registration: $30/paddler, $70/family
Day-of Registration: $35/paddler, $85/family
Advance registration ends at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 3rd. If you register in advance, be sure to arrive at the Resource Center between 7:30 and 8:45 on race day to check in, pick up your race bib, and grab a water bottle.
Day-of-race registration: 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
*Family = Up to two adults and up to four minors under 18*
ALSO: DIRK PADDLEBOARDS will be raffling a SUP board again this year! Get your tickets at checkout.
The race course is 3.5 miles (See map below) and we will crown 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the following groups:
– Men’s Solo Kayak
– Women’s Solo Kayak
– Junior Solo Kayak (Age 13 and under)
– Tandem Craft (2 paddlers in either a canoe or kayak)
– Men’s Stand Up Paddle Board
– Women’s Stand Up Paddle Board (New this year!)
– Non-Traditional (Any type of non-motorized boats not in the other divisions, including solo canoes and pedal kayaks, excluding sailboats)
– Pro Solo Kayak (A 7.0 mile race made up of two loops of the course, any age and gender)
Eco-tour: If you’re not interested in racing, but would like to be on the water, there will be a non-competitive Eco-tour paddle of the Weeks Bay area. This is the green line on the map. We will paddle to the Bald Eagle nest and back. There are options for shorter distances for those paddlers who do not want to go all the way to the nest.
Loaner Gear: If you would like to participate in the race or the Eco-tour but do not have your own paddling gear (PFD, Paddle, Kayak or Canoe) we may be able to help. The Fairhope Boat Company and 17 Turtles Outfitters have generously donated a limited number of canoes and kayaks, with paddles and PFDs, for the day of the race. They are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in borrowing gear, please call the Weeks Bay Foundation at 251-990-5004 to reserve your boat. Please do this BEFORE you register to ensure that we still have boats available.
PFDs (Lifejackets) are mandatory for all paddlers in the race divisions and the Eco-tour.
The 2017 event was a huge success and we thank everyone who came out to enjoy a great race. A special thanks to our sponsors, particularly Fairhope Boat Company and 17 Turtles Outfitters for the loaner boats. Last year, we were able to provide 40 boats–a record number–so that many more folks were able to get out on the water and enjoy our natural resources.