Derby Course by Division
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby uses a mass start. All boats line up at the designated start line - except stand-up paddleboarders who use a shore start. The excitment begins at 6:45 pm as the paddles fly at the sound of the horn.
Follow buoys 1-2-3-4-2-1
When paddling from buoy 3 to 4 go between the islands. Finish between Buoy 1 and the west shoreline.
Racing, Race Solo and Race Kayak Divisions
Follow buoys 1-2-3-4-3-2-1
When paddling from buoy 3 to 4 (or reverse) go between the islands. Finish between Buoy 1 and the west shoreline.
Race SUP Division
Follow buoys 1-2-3-2-1
Shore start for all SUPs. When paddling back from buoy 3 to 2 go between the islands. Finish between Buoy 1 and the west shoreline.
Recreational Division: Canoe, Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard
Follow buoys 1-2-5-2-1
Paddle counter-clockwise around the island (5). Finish between Buoy 1 and the west shoreline.
It is important that all boats finish between the orange finish buoy ("1" on the map) and the western shoreline (stay to the right of the finish buoy). This is the only way we can record a time for you. Boats heading straight to the beach and bypassing the finish line will be disqualified (sorry!).
Paddle Derby Divisions
DERBY: 6 miles; 17’ to 18 1/2’ canoes, excluding USCA Cruisers and pro boats. Men, women, mixed.
RACING: 7 miles; USCA Cruiser & pro boat canoes. Men, women, mixed.
RACE SOLO: 7 miles; solo canoes. Men, women.
RACE KAYAK: 7 miles; solo kayaks. Men, women.
RACE SUP: 4 1/2 miles; stand-up paddleboard.
RECREATIONAL: 3 miles; 18’ maximum canoes (tandem or solo), kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. NOTE: Since 2017 we have entered all watercraft paddling the 3 mile course into a single recreational division.
Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards as described above. Single-bladed paddles in canoes and stand-up paddleboards, double-bladed paddles in kayaks. U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets are required on all boats.
Hoigaard's brings a trailer of canoes and kayaks to Thomas Beach each week, available for anyone who wants to paddle the Paddle Derby. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis.